Donovan ‎– Sunshine Superman

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Sunshine Superman is Donovan's third album. It was released outside the UK in autumn 1966, but not in the United Kingdom because of a contractual dispute.

These recordings mark a distinct change in Donovan's music, representing some of the first psychedelia released. A full rock band backs up Donovan on many of the songs, and the instrumentation has been expanded to include sitar and other unique musical instruments. This change is partially the result of working with producer Mickie Most, whose pop sensibilities led to chart hits for many other artists at the time.

PERSONNEL:
Donovan (vocals, acoustic guitar); Bobby Ray (bass); “Fast” Eddy Hoh (drums); Shawn Phillips (sitar).

On “Sunshine Superman”:
Donovan (vocals, acoustic guitar); Jimmy Page & Eric Ford (electric guitar); John Cameron (keyboards, arrangement); Spike Healey (bass); Bobby Orr (drums); Tony Carr (percussion).

REISSUES:
• On 5 October 1990, Epic Records reissued the US version of Sunshine Superman (Epic EK 26217) in the US on compact disc.
• On 24 October 1994, EMI released Four Donovan Originals (EMI 7243 8 30867 2 6) in the UK. Four Donovan Originals is a compact disc box set containing four Donovan albums that were not previously released in the UK. The US version of Sunshine Superman is disc one of that set.
• On 7 October 1996, EMI reissued the US version of Sunshine Superman (EMI CDGOLD1066) on compact disc.
• On 24 May 2005, EMI reissued the US version of Sunshine Superman (EMI 8735662) on compact disc in the UK with seven bonus tracks.

Tracklist

Sunshine Superman 3:05
Legend Of A Girl Child Linda 6:36
Three King Fishers 3:07
Ferris Wheel 4:03
Bert's Blues 3:46
Season Of The Witch 4:46
The Trip 4:26
Guinevere 3:33
The Fat Angel 4:01
Celeste 4:00

Versions (68)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LN 24217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Mono) Epic LN 24217 US 1966 Sell This Version
N14 10004 Donovan Sunshine Superman(4-Trk, Album) Epic N14 10004 US 1966 Sell This Version
LN 24217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(8-Trk) Epic LN 24217 US 1966 Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album) Epic BN 26217 Canada 1966 Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album) Epic BN 26217 US 1966 Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album) Epic BN 26217 Germany 1966 Sell This Version
LN 24217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album) Epic LN 24217 France 1966 Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album) Epic BN 26217 US 1966 Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album) Epic BN 26217 US 1966 Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album) Epic BN 26217 Scandinavia 1966 Sell This Version
ELPS 3543 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album) Epic ELPS 3543 Australia 1966 Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album) Epic BN 26217 Scandinavia 1966 Sell This Version
ALD 6973 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Mono) CBS ALD 6973 South Africa 1966 Sell This Version
ELP 3543 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Mono) Epic ELP 3543 Australia 1966 Sell This Version
LN 24217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Mono) Epic LN 24217 US 1966 Sell This Version
LN 24217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Mono) Epic LN 24217 Canada 1966 Sell This Version
LN 24217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Mono) Epic LN 24217 US 1966 Sell This Version
LN24156 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Mono) Epic LN24156 New Zealand 1966 Sell This Version
LN 24217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Mono, Ind) Epic LN 24217 US 1966 Sell This Version
LN 24217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Mono, Pit) Epic LN 24217 US 1966 Sell This Version
LN 24217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Mono, Promo) Epic LN 24217 US 1966 Sell This Version
LN 24217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Mono, Ter) Epic LN 24217 US 1966 Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, RP) Epic BN 26217 Netherlands 1966 Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, San) Epic BN 26217 US 1966 Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, San) Epic BN 26217 US 1966 Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Ter) Epic BN 26217 US 1966 Sell This Version
YS-735-C Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP) CBS YS-735-C Japan 1967 Sell This Version
BN S-26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album) Epic, Funckler BN S-26217 Netherlands 1967 Sell This Version
LN 24217 , BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Mono) Epic, Epic LN 24217 , BN 26217 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, RP) Epic BN 26217 Netherlands 1967 Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, RP, Pit) Epic BN 26217 US 1967 Sell This Version
CSJ-507 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Unofficial, Bla) 中聲 CSJ-507 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
LM 2117, LM-2117 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) Liming Record, Liming Record LM 2117, LM-2117 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
CSJ-507 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) 中聲 CSJ-507 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
SS-147 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) Sun Shine Record SS-147 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album) Epic BN 26217 New Zealand 1968 Sell This Version
SONP 50195 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, RE) CBS/Sony SONP 50195 Japan 1969 Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, RE) Epic BN 26217 Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, RE) Epic BN 26217 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
EPC 22016 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album) Epic EPC 22016 Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
EK 26217, 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(CD, Album, RE) Epic, Epic EK 26217, 26217 US 1990 Sell This Version
EK 26217, 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(CD, Album, RE, RM) Epic, Epic EK 26217, 26217 US 1990 Sell This Version
ESCA 7535 Donovan Sunshine Superman(CD, Album, Mono, RE) Epic ESCA 7535 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
RA 014 Donovan Sunshine Superman(CD, Album) Altaya RA 014 Spain 1996 Sell This Version
7243 8 53601 2 1, GOLD 1066 Donovan Sunshine Superman(CD, Album, Mono, RE) EMI Gold, EMI Gold 7243 8 53601 2 1, GOLD 1066 UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
ESCA 7656 Donovan Sunshine Superman(CD, Album, Mono, RE) Epic ESCA 7656 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
7243 8 73566 2 7, 07243 873566 2 7 Donovan Sunshine Superman(CD, Album, Mono, RE, RM) EMI, EMI 7243 8 73566 2 7, 07243 873566 2 7 UK & Europe 2005 Sell This Version
LP 5028 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Mono, RE, 180) Sundazed Music, Epic LP 5028 US 2005 Sell This Version
50999-029095-2-3 Donovan Sunshine Superman (Stereo Special Edition)(2xCD, Album, Mono, RE, RM) EMI 50999-029095-2-3 UK & Europe 2011 Sell This Version
7243 8 73566 2 7, 07243 873566 2 7, 873 5662 Donovan Sunshine Superman(CD, Album, Mono, RM, RP) EMI, EMI, EMI 7243 8 73566 2 7, 07243 873566 2 7, 873 5662 UK & Europe 2011 Sell This Version
LP 5028 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Mono, RE, Gol) Sundazed Music, Epic LP 5028 US 2018 Sell This Version
LP 5028 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Mono, RE, Yel) Sundazed Music, Epic LP 5028 US 2018 Sell This Version
CON223LP Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Mono, Ltd, RE, RM) The state51 Conspiracy CON223LP UK 2018 Sell This Version
ODR6699 Donovan Sunshine Superman(CD) Oldays Records ODR6699 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
N18 10004 Donovan Sunshine Superman(8-Trk, Album, RE, Yel) Epic N18 10004 US Unknown Sell This Version
EK 26217, 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(CD, Album, RE) Epic, Epic EK 26217, 26217 US Unknown Sell This Version
EK 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(CD, Album, RE) Epic EK 26217 US Unknown Sell This Version
4746022 Donovan Sunshine Superman(CD, Album, RE) Epic 4746022 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
N16 10004 Donovan Sunshine Superman(Cass, Album) Epic N16 10004 US Unknown Sell This Version
BN 24217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album) Epic BN 24217 US Unknown Sell This Version
LN 24217, BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Dec) Epic, Epic LN 24217, BN 26217 US Unknown Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, RE) Epic BN 26217 US Unknown Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, RE) Epic BN 26217 US Unknown Sell This Version
BN 26217, LN 24217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, RE, RP) Epic, Epic BN 26217, LN 24217 US Unknown Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, RP) Epic BN 26217 US Unknown Sell This Version
BN 26217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, RP) Epic BN 26217 US Unknown Sell This Version
LM 2177 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, Album, Unofficial) Liming Record LM 2177 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
BN 24217, LN 24217, PE 24217 Donovan Sunshine Superman(LP, RE) Epic, Epic, Epic BN 24217, LN 24217, PE 24217 US Unknown Sell This Version

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aerial.boundaries

aerial.boundaries

February 18, 2021
referencing Sunshine Superman, LP, Album, Mono, RE, 180, LP 5028
Easily one of the best pressings from Sundazed from the period. I have had Sundazed pressings from Byrds, Dylan, Sly, Van Morrison, Otis Redding etc. In comparison this Donovan pressing is just excellent in terms of surface noice, dynamics and separation. For the price point this is just great, I even think MOFI would not make a better job on this one.
amoebasinger

amoebasinger

December 18, 2020
referencing Sunshine Superman, LP, Album, Dec, LN 24217, BN 26217

On Side B, the level on track B2 inexplicably gets a lot hotter.
Someone simply cranks up the volume. It gets a little hotter throughout the song from there, but there is a distinct spot at about 2:04. The vocal leaps over to the right channel quite a bit too.
timeware

timeware

October 4, 2020
referencing Sunshine Superman (Stereo Special Edition), 2xCD, Album, Mono, RE, RM, 50999-029095-2-3
I wish there were a vinyl version of this 2-record set! Maybe down the road....
Culabula

Culabula

September 20, 2020
referencing Sunshine Superman, LP, Album, Mono, RE, 180, LP 5028
My signed copy, acquired yesterday, is not one of the off-centre ones.
SongAndDanceMan9

SongAndDanceMan9

February 29, 2020
referencing Sunshine Superman, LP, Album, BN 26217
My copy also has a "Playable on mono" stamp on the top right
clonestudio

clonestudio

August 21, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Sunshine Superman, LP, Album, Mono, LN 24217
I have a BN 26217 stereo copy w/ pitman matrix, Gold labels w/ a blank label (side 1). Anybody?
Martinal

Martinal

June 7, 2019
referencing Sunshine Superman, LP, Mono, Ltd, RE, RM, CON223LP

Awesome sound! Good dynamics, deep bass, clean allover, very good mastering! Beautiful.
quixotictic

quixotictic

October 25, 2018
referencing Sunshine Superman, LP, Album, Mono, RE, Gol, LP 5028
I returned a copy that had a badly off-center side B. This was noted as an issue affecting the Sundazed black vinyl pressing, too (Donovan - Sunshine Superman).
quixotictic

quixotictic

October 25, 2018
referencing Sunshine Superman, LP, Mono, Ltd, RE, RM, CON223LP
I'm very happy with this pressing. I preordered it after hearing that it would be limited to 300 copies, amazed (and a little skeptical) that this would be mastered from the original tapes for so small a run. (I wonder if this excellent mastering will see a wider release, maybe via Sony.) It sounds fantastic, and the pressing is flat and quiet. That being said, I don't have another mono vinyl copy to compare this to. (I purchased the Sundazed reissue on gold vinyl a few months back, which I had to return because side B was pressed off-center.)

The mastering brings out the bass a bit more than I'm used to when hearing these songs. On the whole, this is a good thing, though it was a little overbearing in “The Season of the Witch.” The one song that doesn't come out better here is the title track. The drums and bass run together and the sound is muddy. I compared the mastering here to the mono and stereo remixed versions of the track on Donovan - Sunshine Superman (Stereo Special Edition) and concluded that it's probably the original recording and mixing of the mono version that's to blame for the sound.

The cover reproduction was well done, but the stock used for the standard sleeve should have been heavier for the 180 gram pressing. Nice poly-lined inner sleeves included. All in all, an excellent reissue!