Sunshine Superman (studio album) by Donovan
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Not as good as I expected. Rating (69.50)
A really cool, really versatile, really great album from a Donovan. “Sunshine Superman”, “Ferris Wheel”, “The Trip” and “The Fat Angel” are fantastic psychedelic rock. “Bert’s Blues” is dynamic and groovy. “Season of the Witch” is great rock. I like the rhythm of “Celeste” and the instrumental break. Donovan’s voice, songwriting and guitar work is superb on this album. “The Legend fo Girl Child Linda” is a little silly for me.
A really cool, really versatile, really great album from a Donovan. “Sunshine Superman”, “Ferris Wheel”, “The Trip” and “The Fat Angel” are fantastic psychedelic rock. “Bert’s Blues” is dynamic and groovy. “Season of the Witch” is great rock. Donovan’s voice, songwriting and guitar work is superb on this album. The inclusion of a sitar across the album is a nice touch. “The Legend fo Girl Child Linda” is a silly for me.
A true beauty of a psychedelic album, showcasing plenty of sitar and even classical elements like on 'Legend of a Girl Called Linda'. 'Season of the Witch' is a true psychedelic classic, often referred to as one of one of the most highly regarded psychedelic classics of the sixties. I particularly like the use of sitar and tabla on tracks like '3 King Fishers' which reminds me of the Beatles 'Norwegian Wood'. A Classic album from start to finish.
Per me Donovan è la quintessenza della musica ( e della cultura ) hippie, nel bene e nel male...
More sitar than I was expecting (which is apparently one of the innovative things about this album), but an undeniable collection of songs and groovy sounds.
Here's a strange albums, such a quick turn around from his previous work! He went from just very straight-forward folkie songs on his first couple records to this...this psychedelic, strange, sort of kaleidoscopic album. It's considered a classic now, but I imagine it blew people's mind back in '66.
I really enjoy this, the opener is a classic and very nicely dated to those early attempts at psychedelic music. and the strange experimentation doesn't stop there. The second track "Legend of a Girl Child Linda" is another trippy, off kilter track about strange fantasy-laced images of the main protagonist, the strings come in beautifully, Donovan's vocal delivery is excellent slow and stretched and mesmerizing. The whole song is a 7 minute experimental epic, which totally re-imagines the folk sound mixing in elements of chamber-folk and pop and psychedelic aspects, etc. It's really quite awesome and unique.
Other standouts are the very cool indeed blues jam "Season of The Witch" (interesting that Donovan actually does sound cool as hell here. His persona has always been one of anti-coolness for me...probably because of Dont Look Back film...), and the cool reference to Mr. Bert Jansch "Bert's Blues". "Bert's Blues" is just a groovy low key track with its loping feel and all that cool stuff. And apparently per Donovan its about a romantic triangle he was in the middle of with his good friend Bert Jansch and Beverly Marten).
One of the best Psychedelic albums ever. Not in the crazy, freek-out, Led Zephlin kinda way, but the tasteful use of unusual and exhotic instruments (satir, tabla, strings, harpsichord and ?) creating an unusual, intricate and welcoming audio environment. You can almost smell the incense and feel the candle lite soft light. The content/stories in the songs are surreal, like a dream, a stoned adventure... without being Daliesque-ridiculous. "Trip-like adventures" in The Trip, name checking The (basically unknown)Jefferson
Airplane, Dylan, Joan Baez, The Reality Company (a head shop, I think, in Haight Ashbury). (And Translove Airways may have have some connection with The MC-5.) The kind of trip adventure where your friend, The Driver, might actually smile and say, "Beep, beep," just to "blow your mind." And Fat Angle, being Cass (of the Mamas and Papas); you can hear Donovan wispering "Cass" as the song fades out. Other songs celebrating the innocence of children-- Flower Children were playful, innocent and not yet burned out (or strung out) in 1966. Playful rides, The Ferris Wheels, an other kind of trip. And a playful adventure when stoned or tripping. Of course Sunshine Superman, "Coulda tripped out easy, but I've changed my ways." Name checking super heroes. Season of the Witch, bad trip?? Suspicious people "looking back at me." Beatniks selling out. What a stellar album.
A superb album, a classic of the time that still sounds fantastic today. Donovan is at his peak here, especially on the sublime title track, one of the great songs of the sixties in a decade that is full of amazing tunes. Still, there are plenty of other treasures to discover here. Ferris wheel, season of the witch, and, legend of a girl child Linda, are all great, as well as, superlungs, which is a bonus track on the CD. In a decade that had The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dylan, and, Hendrix, it's understandable that some acts may get slightly forgotten, Donovan, is one of them. Do yourself a favour if you don't own this LP, Sunshine superman, is a great record, a classic.
I feel like I'm in another world, amazing album
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