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Masterpiece of the king of flower power
on 14 September 2015
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.