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Sunshine Superman

Donovan

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Paced by the title track, one of Donovan's best singles, 1966's Sunshine Superman heralded the coming psychedelic age with a new world/old world bent: several ambitious psychedelic productions and a raft of wistful folk songs. Producer Mickie Most fashioned a new sound for the Scottish folksinger, a sparse, swinging, bass-heavy style perfectly complementing Donovan's enigmatic lyrics and delightfully skewed, beatnik delivery. The two side-openers, "Sunshine Superman" and "Season of the Witch," are easily the highlights of the album; the first is the quintessential bright summer sing-along, the second a chugging eve-of-destruction tale. The rest of Sunshine Superman is filled with lengthy, abstract, repetitive folk jams, perfect for lazy summer afternoons, but more problematic when close attention is paid. Accompanied by acoustic guitar and a chamber quartet, the second track, "Legend of a Girl Child Linda," plods on for nearly seven minutes, Donovan's hippie-dippie delivery rendering "lace" into "layyyzzz." After that notable low point, he performs much better, tingling a few spines with his enunciation on the ancient-sounding folksongs "Guinevere," "Three King Fishers," and "Ferris Wheel." Elsewhere, he salutes the Jefferson Airplane on "The Fat Angel" and fellow British folkie Bert Jansch on "Bert's Blues." Donovan's songs are quite solid, but Mickie Most's insistence on extroverted productions (it would grow even more pronounced with time) resulted in a collection of songs that sound good on their own but aren't very comfortable in context.
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1
Sunshine Superman (Album Version)
00:03:15

Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Darcy Proper, Mastering Engineer - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator - mickey most, Producer - Debra Parkinson, Mastering Engineer - Donovan Leitch, Composer - Donovan Leitch, Lyricist - Donovan, Performer

Originally Released 1966 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

2
Legend Of A Girl Child Linda (Album Version)
00:06:50

Tony Carr, Percussion - Donovan, Performer - Donovan, Vocal - Donovan, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Bobby Orr, Drums - D. LEITCH, Composer - D. LEITCH, Lyricist - Jimmy Page, Electric Guitar - John Cameron, Keyboards - Spike Healey, Bass - Mickie Most, Producer - Eric Ford, Electric Guitar - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

Originally Released 1966 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

3
Three King Fishers (Album Version)
00:03:15

Tony Carr, Percussion - Donovan, Performer - Donovan, Vocal - Donovan, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Bobby Orr, Drums - D. LEITCH, Composer - D. LEITCH, Lyricist - Jimmy Page, Electric Guitar - John Cameron, Keyboards - Spike Healey, Bass - Mickie Most, Producer - Eric Ford, Electric Guitar - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

Originally Released 1966 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

4
Ferris Wheel (Album Version)
00:04:12

Tony Carr, Percussion - Donovan, Performer - Donovan, Vocal - Donovan, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Bobby Orr, Drums - D. LEITCH, Composer - D. LEITCH, Lyricist - Jimmy Page, Electric Guitar - John Cameron, Keyboards - Spike Healey, Bass - Mickie Most, Producer - Eric Ford, Electric Guitar - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

Originally Released 1966 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

5
Bert's Blues (Album Version)
00:03:56

Tony Carr, Percussion - Donovan, Performer - Donovan, Vocal - Donovan, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Bobby Orr, Drums - D. LEITCH, Composer - D. LEITCH, Lyricist - Jimmy Page, Electric Guitar - John Cameron, Keyboards - Spike Healey, Bass - Mickie Most, Producer - Eric Ford, Electric Guitar - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

Originally Released 1966 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

6
Season Of The Witch (Album Version)
00:04:53

Tony Carr, Percussion - Donovan, Performer - Donovan, Vocal - Donovan, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Bobby Orr, Drums - D. LEITCH, Composer - D. LEITCH, Lyricist - Jimmy Page, Electric Guitar - John Cameron, Keyboards - Spike Healey, Bass - Mickie Most, Producer - Eric Ford, Electric Guitar - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

Originally Released 1966 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

7
The Trip (Album Version)
00:04:34

Tony Carr, Percussion - Donovan, Performer - Donovan, Vocal - Donovan, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Bobby Orr, Drums - D. LEITCH, Composer - D. LEITCH, Lyricist - Jimmy Page, Electric Guitar - John Cameron, Keyboards - Spike Healey, Bass - Mickie Most, Producer - Eric Ford, Electric Guitar - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

Originally Released 1966 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

8
Guinevere (Album Version)
00:03:40

Tony Carr, Percussion - Donovan, Performer - Donovan, Vocal - Donovan, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Bobby Orr, Drums - D. LEITCH, Composer - D. LEITCH, Lyricist - Jimmy Page, Electric Guitar - John Cameron, Keyboards - Spike Healey, Bass - Mickie Most, Producer - Eric Ford, Electric Guitar - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

Originally Released 1966 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

9
The Fat Angel (Album Version)
00:04:10

Tony Carr, Percussion - Donovan, Performer - Donovan, Vocal - Donovan, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Bobby Orr, Drums - D. LEITCH, Composer - D. LEITCH, Lyricist - Jimmy Page, Electric Guitar - John Cameron, Keyboards - Spike Healey, Bass - Mickie Most, Producer - Eric Ford, Electric Guitar - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

Originally Released 1966 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

10
Celeste (Album Version)
00:04:08

Tony Carr, Percussion - Donovan, Performer - Donovan, Vocal - Donovan, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Bobby Orr, Drums - D. LEITCH, Composer - D. LEITCH, Lyricist - Jimmy Page, Electric Guitar - John Cameron, Keyboards - Spike Healey, Bass - Mickie Most, Producer - Eric Ford, Electric Guitar - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

Originally Released 1966 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Album Description

Paced by the title track, one of Donovan's best singles, 1966's Sunshine Superman heralded the coming psychedelic age with a new world/old world bent: several ambitious psychedelic productions and a raft of wistful folk songs. Producer Mickie Most fashioned a new sound for the Scottish folksinger, a sparse, swinging, bass-heavy style perfectly complementing Donovan's enigmatic lyrics and delightfully skewed, beatnik delivery. The two side-openers, "Sunshine Superman" and "Season of the Witch," are easily the highlights of the album; the first is the quintessential bright summer sing-along, the second a chugging eve-of-destruction tale. The rest of Sunshine Superman is filled with lengthy, abstract, repetitive folk jams, perfect for lazy summer afternoons, but more problematic when close attention is paid. Accompanied by acoustic guitar and a chamber quartet, the second track, "Legend of a Girl Child Linda," plods on for nearly seven minutes, Donovan's hippie-dippie delivery rendering "lace" into "layyyzzz." After that notable low point, he performs much better, tingling a few spines with his enunciation on the ancient-sounding folksongs "Guinevere," "Three King Fishers," and "Ferris Wheel." Elsewhere, he salutes the Jefferson Airplane on "The Fat Angel" and fellow British folkie Bert Jansch on "Bert's Blues." Donovan's songs are quite solid, but Mickie Most's insistence on extroverted productions (it would grow even more pronounced with time) resulted in a collection of songs that sound good on their own but aren't very comfortable in context.
© John Bush /TiVo

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