Donovan ‎– Mellow Yellow

The state51 Conspiracy ‎– CON224LP
Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Mono, 180 Gram


A1 Mellow Yellow 3:42
A2 Writer In The Sun 4:28
A3 Sand And Foam 3:17
A4 The Observation 2:21
A5 Bleak City Woman 2:22
B1 House Of Jansch
B2 Young Girl Blues 3:45
B3 Museum 2:54
B4 Hampstead Incident 4:40
B5 Sunny South Kensington 3:48

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The state51 Conspiracy's 2018 reissue.
Vinyl mastered by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road.
Limited to 300 copies worldwide.

Other Versions (5 of 37) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LN 24239 Donovan Mellow Yellow(LP, Album, Mono) Epic LN 24239 US 1967 Sell This Version
ELPS 3546 Donovan Mellow Yellow(LP, Album) Epic ELPS 3546 Australia 1967 Sell This Version
4746052 Donovan Mellow Yellow(CD) Epic 4746052 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
LE 10184 Donovan Mellow Yellow(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Ter) Columbia Limited Edition LE 10184 US 1971 Sell This Version
BN S-26239 Donovan Mellow Yellow(LP, Album) Epic BN S-26239 Netherlands 1967 Sell This Version


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November 3, 2018
This companion to state51's reissue of Donovan - Sunshine Superman, which I also reviewed, is likewise top notch. A flat, quiet pressing that has been remastered well. It compares favorably to the CD version I have of this (Donovan - Mellow Yellow), which is indeed mono though not labeled as such. The vibrant dynamics of this remaster brings out the fact that several of these songs were not ideally recorded or mixed. There are harsh s-sounds on many of the vocals. I also never noticed until listening to this reissue that there is an effect on Donovan's voice in “Young Girl Blues” which detracts from the richness of his delivery.

A few of these tracks have been remixed for stereo on Donovan - Sunshine Superman (Stereo Special Edition), and that release noted that the multi-track masters of some of these recordings could not be found. I think we've gone as far as possible with remasters, and Mellow Yellow would need to be remixed to address some of the remaining sound issues, many of which can be chalked up to poor engineering. It's a pity that these excellent songs, and in certain cases exquisite arrangements and performances, were not better recorded in the first place.