Atlantis (Donovan song) facts for kids
Quick facts for kids"Atlantis"
|Single by Donovan|
|from the album Barabajagal|
|Producer(s)||Donovan, Richard Podolor|
|Donovan singles chronology|
"Atlantis" is a song written and recorded by Scottish singer/songwriter Donovan. It was released as a single in 1968, and became a worldwide success; becoming a No. 1 hit in Switzerland in 1969, No.2 in Germany and South Africa, No. 12 in Canada, and No.4 in Austria. In the United States, where it served as the b-side to "To Susan on the West Coast, Waiting," it reached No. 7, whilst in the singer's native country the single managed only a modest No. 23 placing.
In 2001, Donovan and German pop band No Angels re-recorded the track for the closing credits of the Walt Disney Feature Animation picture Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001). Included on a concomitant album for the German-speaking music market, it was once more released as a single and re-entered the top five in Austria and Germany.
Original by Donovan
The first half of the song is a quiet monologue spoken over the song's repeated musical melody, telling of the mythological antediluvian civilization of Atlantis. The second half of the song is more energetic, with Donovan singing of finding his true love in Atlantis. The theme is common for the 1960s: fanciful mythology as a symbol of the counterculture movement, with the hope that true love will be found if Atlantis can be rediscovered.
Despite persistent rumors, Donovan, in a 2008 interview with Goldmine Magazine, said that Beatles singer Paul McCartney did not perform any backing vocals on "Atlantis."
- Atlantis - 4:25
- Die Türken - 4:55
|Austrian Singles Chart||19|
|Single by Feller|
|Released||5 July 1999|
In 1999, the German actor Thorsten Feller covered the song under the pseudonym Feller. The cover is included on the compilations Chartmix 5 and Top 13 (99) 20 Top Hits aus den internationalen Charts 5/99.
- Atlantis (Radio Edit) - 3:44
- Atlantis (Acoustic Edit) - 3:50
No Angels version
|Single by No Angels|
|Released||November 19, 2001|
|No Angels singles chronology|
Production and recording
In the late 1990s, Walt Disney Feature Animation started production on Atlantis: The Lost Empire, an animated science fiction/action film, based on the Atlantis saga. Interested in slipping his 1968 version into the film soundtrack, Donovan immediately opened negotiations with the studios; however Disney was barely interested in the song and plans eventually fell through. By 2000, Disney had committed German producer Leslie Mándoki to produce a concomitant album for the German-speaking music markets, entitled Stars Inspired by Atlantis. After stumbling over the original song, Mándoki approached Donovan by phone, describing him his idea of a collaboration with German newcomers No Angels, with whom Mándoki had previously worked on their debut Elle'ments (2001), and a few days later Donovan and the band met at the Lake Starnberg to start recording.
The single's music video was directed by Hannes Rossacher for DoRo Productions and shot in Berlin, Germany in fall 2001. It shows Donovan and the band in a recording studio accented by underwater settings, backdrops, and scenes inspired by the animated movie.
|1.||"Atlantis" (Radio Mix)||4:14|
|2.||"When the Angels Sing" (New Radio Mix)||3:47|
|3.||"When the Angels Sing" (Christmas Mix)||3:56|
|4.||"When the Angels Sing" (Special X-Mas Mix)||4:08|
|5.||"Atlantis" (Submarine Mix)||4:00|
Credits and personnel
Credits adapted from the liner notes of Elle'ments.
|Austria (IFPI Austria)||Gold||15,000x|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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