Sunshine Superman (studio album) by Donovan

Sunshine Superman by Donovan
Year: 1966
Overall rank: 1,429th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 265 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1966 (16th)
Award Top albums of the 1960s (152nd)
Award Best albums of all time (1,429th)
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Vintage Vinyl LP Donovan Sunshine Superman First Press Epic LN-24217 1966 Near M
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Donovan - Sunshine Superman - OG 1966 Epic Records Press LN24217 - Vinyl LP
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(LP Mono) (Hear) Donovan ‎– "Sunshine Superman" - Psychedelic / Folk Rock (1966)
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Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 265 votes)
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04/27/2024 10:12 DommeDamian  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 6,30849/100
 
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.5/100, a mean average of 77.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.0.

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85/100
From 06/10/2021 20:44
My release varies significantly from the version featured on BEA. At the time of it's original release there was a label dispute between Donovan's US label and Donovan's UK Label. Donovan's UK label, Pye Records, released the version I have on hand in 1967 and called it "Sunshine Superman", however, Pye Records combined portions of two US releases - the "Sunshine Superman" LP and the "Mellow Yellow" LP to form the track list of Pye Records (Cat#: Pye NPL 18181) (or re-released in 1990 as BGOCD68).
The Track List for Pye NPL 18181:
01) Sunshine Superman
02) Legend Of A Girl Child Linda
03) The Observation
04) Guinevere
05) Celeste
06) Writer In The Sun
07) Season Of The Witch
08) Hampstead Incident
09) Sand And Foam
10) Young Girl Blues
11) Three Kingfishers
12) Bert's Blues


The Front Cover Image is vastly different as well. The Barcode for the album I have on hand is: (5 017261 200686).

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From 02/08/2021 07:09
addition to my comment: Bert's Blues and Guinevere are really good songs too I forgot
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55/100
From 02/06/2021 15:26
2 blockbusters. the rest jibberish
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From 01/24/2021 14:05
best songs: Season Of The Witch, Sunshine Superman, The Trip, Ferris Wheel, Celeste

it's strange how this album isnt anywhere near the top 5 of 1966 where it should stand, probably the most innovative rock album of 1966, even moreso than the Beatles or the Mothers Of Invention,
nobody did psych rock to the degree that Sunshine Superman did that year
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65/100
From 12/17/2020 22:39
66/100

Best tracks: Sunshine Superman, Ferris Wheel
Worst tracks: Legend of a Girl Called Linda, Bert's Blues, The Trip
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65/100
From 09/01/2020 16:26
Not as good as I expected. Rating (69.50)
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80/100
From 12/06/2019 18:17
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.
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80/100
From 12/06/2019 18:03
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.
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Rating:  
90/100
From 07/19/2019 19:39
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.
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65/100
From 02/14/2018 17:17
Per me Donovan è la quintessenza della musica ( e della cultura ) hippie, nel bene e nel male...
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Best Albums of 1966
1. Revolver by The Beatles
2. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
3. Blonde On Blonde by Bob Dylan
4. Sounds Of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
5. Aftermath by The Rolling Stones
6. Freak Out! by The Mothers Of Invention
7. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme by Simon & Garfunkel
8. Wild Is The Wind by Nina Simone
9. The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators by 13th Floor Elevators
10. Face To Face by The Kinks
11. Ascension by John Coltrane
12. Fresh Cream by Cream
13. If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears by The Mamas And The Papas
14. Black Monk Time by Monks (US)
15. Fifth Dimension by The Byrds
16. Sunshine Superman by Donovan
17. Speak No Evil by Wayne Shorter
18. Blues Breakers by John Mayall & Eric Clapton
19. Da Capo by Love
20. Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo [The Good, The Bad & The Ugly] by Ennio Morricone
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