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Sunshine Superman

Sunshine Superman

7 Oct 1996
4.6 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 7 Oct. 1996
  • Release Date: 9 May 2005
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: ℗ 2005 The copyright in this compilation is owned by Parlophone Records Ltd © 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:06:57
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  • ASIN: B001J95FXS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,409 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Donovan's third album, released in 1966 is a marvellous musical experience from the king of flower power himself. Unfairly labelled as a 'poor-man's Bob Dylan', this psychedelic folk/rock masterpiece beautifully demonstrates the talent this mere 19/20 year old had at writing memorable catchy tunes, and a performing a musical work which was ahead of it's time. This was a trailblazing record!

Produced by prolific hit maker Mickie Most, the album is named after the catchy, sing-along pop single which peaked at no.2 in the UK charts, and also contains another one of Donovan' most popular and heaviest songs, the much-covered, psychedelic 'Seasons of the Witch'. Whilst those two tracks are the ultimate highlights, there are plenty of other gems to discover, with the thought provoking lyrics which blend nicely with the beautiful melodies and Donovan's innovative work, along with stunning contributions by composer John Cameron, this is one of the most playable albums of it's kind that I have in my large CD collection.

This excellent, and long overdue 2011 re-issue contains the entire album mixed in stereo for the first time. It really sounds superb, crisp and clean, and would have been worth the price for that alone. However, the guys at EMI really pushed the boat out, and also included seven bonus tracks, three of which had never been released. The booklet is a collector's delight, and features some cool pictures of this talented Glaswegian, as well as a detailed write-up by Lorne Murdoch. 'Sunshine Superman' is a classic, and this is a five star re-issue which does it justice.
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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.Read more ›
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By James B. Spink HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 July 2011
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This new version of Sunshine Superman compliments rather than replaces the 2005 reissue, so if you have the earlier disc this one won't make it obsolete. The 2005 disc featured the ten track mono version of the U.S. edition of the album along with seven bonus tracks. On this new version you get a brand new stereo mix of the U.S. album and nine bonus tracks on disc one, whilst disc two features the mono mix of the twelve track U.K. version of the album along with three bonus tracks. There are differences with bonus material featured on the two CD releases and I have added a track-listing to show what you get here. The multitrack masters for three tracks on the U.K. mono album could not be located so no new stereo versions could be created for them - that is why they are not included!

This release is another by top compiler Tim Chacksfield and the new mix and master is by Abbey Roads senior engineer Peter Mew. It is presented in a three way card gatefold sleeve containing the two CDs and a very informative booklet detailing recording dates, personnel, track info and much more besides.

The new stereo mix gives this classic mid sixties album a new lease of life and is well priced in comparison with similar projects by other labels. Five stars for the price and quality and well worth adding to your 2005 version! Tracks as follows:

Disc One New US Version Stereo Album:

01. Sunshine Superman (3:19)
02. Legend of A Girl Child Linda (6:52)
03. Three King Fishers (3:19)
04. Ferris Wheel (4:13)
05. Bert's Blues (3:59)
06. Season of the Witch (4:58)
07. The Trip (4:38)
08. Guinevere (3:44)
09. The Fat Angel (4:18)
10. Celeste (4:13)
Bonus Tracks
11. Breezes of Patchouli (4:39)
12.
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