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on 20 April 2015
A well produced album from Donovan. So many of his lyrics are more akin to poems, and this is no exception.
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This new re, re mastered version of the original album Sunshine Superman by Donovan is first class in terms of the fact that for the first time we get a very good "true Stereo" mix of the original album.
The Stereo mix really is the selling point of this release. Because the previous 2005 re master was very good anyway and the only good reason to re buy this album is because of the Stereo element.
On a positive side this release gives us brilliant sound. The Stereo mix, that is "true" in the sense that it has been mixed and channelled for Stereo seperation rather than enhanced Stereo. This new sound is fabulous and gives new depth and quality to the album.

Also on a positive note, this is the album as it always should have been. The line up of tracks is the original running order of tracks and each track is united by the same atmosphere and ideas of interpretational style.

This album was originally released first in America. It was swiftly followed by the album Mellow Yellow. Here in the UK we were behind with release dates and a UK version of the album Sunshine Superman was issued that comprised tracks from the original Sunshine Superman and the original Mellow Yellow albums. The UK version had the art work that Donovan had favoured and the album was released in mono sound. A CD version of this UK album was issued in 1990 on BGO records.
Then the original American version was released in 2005 with bonus tracks as a re master from EMI.

Donovan had been compared to, and influenced by Bob Dylan. The album Sunshine Superman sees Donovan develop a more unique and individual style that takes him away from comparison to Dylan.
Donovan became one of the first British pop musicians to adopt a flower power image.
"Sunshine Superman" is one of the first overtly psychedelic pop records. It is innovative and blends folk, folk rock, pop, blues, jazz and eastern music influences. It is also clear that Donovan had been influenced by the "west coast sound" like The Byrds. The arrangement is augmented by the sounds of harpsichord, sitar, tablas, congas, oboe, and strings. All of which help to create a chamber-style folk jazz atmosphere. The lyrics make reference to drug use such as LSD. And there are great songs such as "The Fat Angel", which is a tribute to "Mama" Cass Elliott of The Mamas & the Papas. There is also another tribute with "Bert's Blues" (a tribute to guitar hero Bert Jansch).

This album pre dates the psychodelic tinged albums by the Beatles and it is clear that influenced the Beatles just as much as they influenced Donovan.

The new Stereo version is good in terms of sound for the original album and it is worth having if you are Donovan fan. It is a double disc edition in which EMI present the new Stereo mix of the original album with bonus tracks also in Stereo on Disc one, and the original UK album in mono on disc two with three bonus mono versions of the tracks that had been substituted from the American album. This means that on disc two you get the whole of the American and original album in mono.

However on a negative note, we never get a complete Stereo version of the UK album. Also unless there is to be a Stereo version of the album Mellow Yellow we will not even get all of the Stereo tracks that make up the UK version of Sunshine Superman. The tracks that are missing are "The Observation", "Sand and Foam" and "Young girl blues". All of which originally come from Mellow Yellow but were on the UK version of Sunshine Superman. There were five tracks in total that were substituted from Mellow Yellow that helped to make the UK version of Sunshine Superman. Only two of these tracks have been included as Stereo versions on this release. EMI have failed to give us a Stereo version of the UK album. I admit that when you listen to the sound of those three tracks it is clear that they were meant to be in the original album of Mellow Yellow because the sound and themes are in keeping with the other tracks on that album and not Sunshine Superman. But for decades these tracks were a part of the album Sunshine Superman as understood in the UK.
I would have had preference to the idea of having the Stereo version of the original album with bonus tracks of the Stereo versions of all of the tracks that had been used to make up the UK version all on one disc.
Also there are two bonus tracks from the 2005 edition, "Good trip" Demo version and "House of Jansh" demo version, that are not included here even though there was room for them. Although I would prefer these sort of bonus tracks to be compiled onto a seperate album. (Like the Beatles Past Masters albums)
I hope that there will be a Stereo version of Mellow Yellow that will rectify these mistakes.

Also on a negative note, this release has awful packaging. It is the cardboard gatefold version where the spine flattens down like a pancake and doesn't display the album title very well in a CD storage rack or shelf. The CDs fit that tight into the card sleeves that you have to finger the playing side of the disc to get it out and in contrast the booklet fits that loose that it drops out easily. A complete shambles of a modern "fashionable" design that ignores the sensible in order to be different. The only things to balance these bad points is that at least it is still available on CD rather than just inferior Download and most important of all EMI have done a great job with the sound.
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on 16 August 2013
bought as present for my son who thinks its ok.
full of great songs if a bit hippy and soppy
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on 27 July 2011
I have been waiting a long time, hoping that I could hear this album in stereo. I know a few of the songs turned up in stereo on "Donovan's Greatest Hits" cd, but some of my favorites were the lesser known ones on the album that never did. You definitely get your money's worth with this remastered cd because it comes with two cds; the new U.S. stereo version with bonus tracks and the original U.K. mono version with bonus tracks. It also has an artistic gatefold case and in-depth liner notes finally listing the contributing musicians for both the versions and some great photos. If you liked this album before, I think you're going to love it now!
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on 13 October 2010
I can't believe I had never heard this album until I downloaded it this year. I had always loved Don's singles in the sixties, and even saw him in the mid-seventies, supporting Yes, of all people. I didn't realise I was in the presence of the Godfather of Psychedelia! To think this was recorded a full year before Sgt Pepper, Are You Experienced, Piper at the Gates of Dawn etc. is truly mind-blowing, as we used to say at the time. Buy it at once and make up for lost time. Classic is a well worn adjective, but this magnificent album certainly justifies it!
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Sunshine Superman is one of my favorite Donovan CDs and is probably the one I play the most. There is not a dud track on the CD and the bonus tracks are consistent with the main portion of the album.

Season Of The Witch is one of his best songs and was covered by Steven Stills & Al Kooper on 1968.
Legend of a girl child Linda is my favorite track on the CD, it's a beautiful balad that has contains strings and great lyrics about his then girlfriend Linda Lawrence who became a lifelong partner of Donovan.
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on 20 May 2011
I bought this album for a friend, not really my cup a tea, but my friend loves it and goes on about how he can hear more of the sounds that you could not hear on the original album, blah blah blah, so thumbs up.
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on 10 March 2015
Catching up on past memories.
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on 26 January 2016
Very good album for the time
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on 20 September 2014
Fab
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