Most helpful positive review
54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
FINALLY!!! The REAL Sunshine Superman Album!
on 17 June 2011
I am not going to make any remarks about how great this album, although indeed great it was, and still is. What I am going to talk about is the fact that FINALLY this album has been in true stereo, every song, for the first time ever - coming off the original multi-track recordings. If you think you know what the Sunshine Superman album sounds like, think again. As much as you may love this album, and may have even heard it hundreds of times, like I have, until you hear this in true stereo, you haven't really "heard" it. In addition to having a much cleaner, richer sound, this new stereo mix brings out many, many little intricate sounds that are buried, or way in the background in the mono mix. Also, Donovan's voice is much, much clearer, situated right in the center, with very nice natural studio echo (which you can't hear on the mono mix) and the instruments are surrounding him in perfect soundstage presence. I always thought a few of the songs on Sunshine Superman, particularly Celeste, had a slight sort of distorted sound. Not now. Perfectly clear as can be. Even all the bonus tracks on disc one are in true stereo. The ones that were issued on the 2005 EMI remaster were in semi-distorted mono, especially Breezes of Patchuli. Now, here in stereo, they too really open up. This is truly an amazingly pleasing listen. [Unfortunately, it seems back in the 60's, EPIC Records, on which both the Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow albums were issued were not the only ones that were never released back then in true stereo. Their (EPIC's) stereo was that fake stereo that actually sounds much worse than the mono versions. If you listen to U.S. albums on EPIC by the Yardbirds, the Dave Clark Five, and other original EPIC "stereo" pressings, you find that none of them were issued in true stereo.] Getting back to this new release...When you listen to disc 2, after you listen to the stereo disc 1, the songs on disc 2, in the original UK mono mix, sound dead in comparison. After so many lack-luster reissues of this album over the years, finally it has been released the way it should have been released in the beginning. Hopefully the original U.S. Mellow Yellow album will likewise be issued in true stereo, coming off the original multi-track tapes, like this was. I'm not holding my breath, but I am hoping. Let's get with it Donovan, and make that happen. Really, now is the time for a true stereo Mellow Yellow, while we are all riding high (naturally) on this way-overdue beautiful reissue of Sunshine Superman. Listen to this release of the REAL Sunshine Superman album LOUD.