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Sunshine Superman

Donovan

1966

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Sunshine Superman

Rating

3.12

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I have a very special place in my heart for Donovan. I don't know if I can quite articulate it. I get the sense he was very true to himself somehow... I guess that it comes down to the fact that I don't get the slightest trace of cynicism from him. I feel like he was one of the hippies who actually believed in the flower power and in doing so had a hard time adjusting after the summer of love came to an end. I don't know if he has an entire album that is a masterpiece per se but I love his sound, even as it changes from song to song. Always interesting arrangements and fusion of influences. Dare to be gentle. Favorite tracks: "Season of the Witch" and "Celeste." Sounds like this album could use a good remastering.

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5

Really loved this album. I loved the sounds of the harpsichord and the sitar in some of the songs. Favorites include "Sunshine Superman", "Three King Fishers", and "Season of the Witch".

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Absolutely loved this album. Favorite tracks were Bert's Blues and Season of the Witch.

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5

This album is SO me. It reminds me of Megan Robbin. Lots of trippy 60s instruments. And I kind of like that his voice isn't perfect. I love the sitar as well.

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5

Vibrant and nostalgic. Very groovy.

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kinda epic, got distracted towards the end lol

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It's a bit dated listening to this Whimsical album in the 21st century but that's part of its charm. The UK edition of the album gets the edge by virtue of having more tracks. Donovan was one of the foremost and influential exponents of the UK hippy music scene. The album has elements of pop, folk, jazz and chamber arrangements. There's lots of sitar n spice moments throughout (Three Kingfishers, Ferris Wheel, Guinevere) but there's also some groovy tracks like the title track, Season of the Witch and The Fat Angel. Most impressive is the baroque arrangements on several tracks and the hazy shimmering vibe of Celeste. Best enjoyed on a glorious summer afternoon with a couple of beers and a smoke!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymH-Zv5RLxQ If Bob Dylan doesn't like him, then I like him...

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Somber pyschedelia is the shit. Standout Tracks: Legend of a Girl Child Linda, Ferris Wheel, Guinevere, The Fat Angel, Celeste

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I really enjoyed this album. I was only aware of the title song before. This is definitely the first success story of this project for me, I would have never purposely sought out this album myself. When the album finished I immediately restarted it. Highlights include: Sunshine Superman Three Kingfishers Bert's Blues

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I liked it. Would listen again. Didn't sound as 60's as I thought it would

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I enjoyed that. Again, would have been a great hippie me.

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Cool to see that Bobby Orr played the drums on Sunshine Superman. Who knew ole #4 knew how to hammer the tubs. Another proud moment for Parry Sound. I guess he had to give up drumming when he started with the Bruins later in 1966. When Sunshine Superman started I was wondering if I mistakenly started to play an Austin Powers movie. If I were 20 years old when this was released and a cutie with a peace symbol embroidered on her shirt said she liked the song, I would probably agree, but it doesn't sound so special anymore. The second song is lame and had me worried the rest of the album would be torture. I'm glad to say I was wrong. Some of the later songs pleasantly surprised me. There is some cool percussion and sitar on Three King Fishers and Ferris Wheel as Donovan picked up the musical trends of the day. Also, Season of the Witch is a good guitar driven tune. Donovan was picked on back in the day for copying rather than setting the trends. The sitar on this album exemplifies that since it's a year after Norwegian Wood. Many say the early bird gets the worm. While that may be true, it's also true that the second mouse gets the cheese and Donovan got a belly full of Anster.

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Hated a lot of it, liked a couple songs

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A lot of these tracks are pretty monotonous and the medieval lyrical themes are really corny. The rockier tracks are decent enough but every musical idea gets played out like 2 minutes before the track actually ends. High 2 probably

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Not bad, but I wasn't 'grabbed' by a single song and I was a bit bored.

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it was different world. very 60's. Quite rubbish really but a couple of tunes. 2.

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Whiny folk drivel saved by some catchy riffs.

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hippy shit

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false

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As I've found out over this process, my relationship with 1960s psychedelia is very hit and miss. Some of it surprises me, by being more appealing to my tastes than I would have thought. Sadly, this record is not one of those... It's a sort of cheesy pastiche of "ye olde Englishe folke" filtered into mediocre 60s pop. Moreover, it is just quite boring, with vocals and music both being unremarkable. 1.5

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Najlepszy z tych które były dotychczas. Początek albumu ma taki magiczny vibe bardzo przyjemny. Legend of a child girl Linda przepiękny utwór, choć każdy z utworów bardzo mi sie podoba.

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5

Super psychedelic

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Very good

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5

Fantastic mix of psych and folk with great lyricism. I need to cop this album.

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Beautifully 60s. A good mix of big hits and weird trippy stuff.

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Love Donovan. Folky with some Indian music influence. Great album. Season of the witch.

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5

This album unexpectedly really touched me. As another reviewer said, there is not a trace of cynicism in it.

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i did not realize singing about wizards was such a long and storied tradition

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5

I have always loved this album’s title track, “Sunshine Superman.” One of the apex songs of 60’s psychedelia. And I think I have grown to love “Season of the Witch” even more. But that is the extent of my familiarity with this album. Those two songs are so good that the rest of the album would largely have to be seriously disastrous for me to not give this a great rating. Is this album unmistakably of its time? Definitely - a very good thing. I was surprised at how much of this album was psychedelic folk with rambling storytelling lyrics, sitars, harpsichords and bongo drums. I started longing to be grooving along to this music reclined in some 60’s hashish lounge. The fantasy-filled storytelling of damsels and castles and knights and jesters and kings (with a psychedelic commercial interruption from “Trans Love Airways”) took me away from the worry-filled news. I can’t help but wonder it was the events in another time of stress and upheaval that inspired the creation of this. I loved the dreamy “Ferris Wheel” featuring one of my favorite birds (seagull - which also makes another prominent appearance later). Donovan’s stuttery singing on “The Trip” won me over instantly - it’s practically a crime that I have never heard it before. “Bert’s Blues” has some great orchestra arrangements that made it stand out. The final track, “Celeste,” was a perfect finale. I had a ton of fun listening to this psychedelic masterpiece and look forward to taking more trips with Donovan.

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5

Wowee, was this fun! I love the prominent bass and the psychedelic sound. Occasionally, it ventures into a ren-faire area (a ren-fairea, if you will) and engages in some scansion shenanigans (scansionanigans) that might make me uncomfortable if they came from another artist. But on Dononvan I find them completely endearing. ("Through the DARK, forbo-DING skies..." You're kill-ING me!) Fun fun good good fun.

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I knew a couple of tracks on this album, but it was my first exposure to the album as a whole. It was excellent. Although I was less in love with the slow folkier tracks than the psychedelic-leaning ones, I thought that the album as a whole was a treasure.

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I can't believe I'd heard so little of Donovan before this! This album leans heavy on psychedelic, but it does so much more, and it shows a lot of the sound that I'd thought was a Doors trademark. Donovan clearly deserves to be remembered as a first generation innovator of rock music, rather that the also-ran, hanger-on to the Beatles and Bob Dylan that I'd thought he was.

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What a cool guy

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60s in a bottle. I LOVED IT!

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5

so. huge fan of psychadelia. come to find out, this was some of the OG shit. love it!

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psychodelic

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Really good pop 3.5/4

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szamanski 60s chill

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Świetny album. Niewiele brakowało do tego, abym wystawił mu 5. Album na prawdę ma fajne proste brzmienie gitarowe(zwłaszcza bas) oraz miły, lekki wokal. Ciekawe jest użycie tych azjatycko brzmiących instrumentów, choć w pewnym momencie ich natłok i monotonia zaczynają męczyć i traci się zainteresowanie utworem.

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n/a

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pretty good album and songs

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Good psychedelic classics

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Interesting mix of melodic influences and textures. The mesasges weren't connecting with me all the time, but seemed genuine.

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very beatle-y, and I don't like the beatles. but certain songs are very melancholy and pleasant. I like bert's blues (reminds me of the black keys). season of the witch is funky as well.

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Big Donovan fan. Simple yet powerful.

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Very enjoyable, varied and interesting, especially for 1966! I'd heard some tracks off this album, but never listened through it. Very fun.

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This is a fun album! Kind of folksy, kind of artsy and experimental.

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Donovan is not Dylan, but he’s great anyway

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Pretty good psychedelic rock

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4

A couple of songs I really like.

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Pretty darn good, especially for an album I've never heard of before

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This feels like listening to the Oldies station with my mom on car drives. :) Another pleasant listen, with the folk sound that I like.

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I love this record. It's like going back in time for a nice warm cup of tea.

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Pretty good. I apparently knew more Donovan songs than I thought. Very folky and mellow.

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Pues se le adelantó por un pelo a los Pink Floyd. Aunque acá hay unas percusiones más chiditas que el debut de los otros, yo digo. Disco chill, como que eso que es medio psicodélico no cansa y pues bueno, tiene ese hitazo que me gusta: "Season of the Witch". Me gustaron también "Sunshine Superman" y "The Fat Angel". ¿Es un disco que seguiría escuchando? Probablemente no, sólo en vagas ocasiones. 8/10

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like it very much

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REtro total!

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This was a very surprising album. The art cover is awesome and the album itself was an amazing experience. For sure, I'll search other Donavan's albums to discover a little bit more about these songs. The Wikipedia article is also a good waste of time.

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Absorbing psychedelic record with medieval arrangements and beautiful melodies. It is child of an era and although it was probably made to enjoy in the mid 60s, listening to it now kind of takes you back then

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A pleasant cross-section of 1960s sounds and influences: psychedelic lyrics, folk instrumentation, light roadhouse asides, muted Dylanesque freakouts, British invasion flavors, brief tinkering with sitars and Indian melodies. All added sparingly and tastefully to enhance the songs that are well conceived. It feels like pastiche but somehow it works.

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Pues sí hay ratos padres. Me gustó sobre todo la vribra de Season of the Witch y en general la instrumentación de Bert's Blues. Mood: de viaje en una van de hippies junkies.

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Ah I liked this! Excellent vibes even if the lyrics were a bit silly. Nice and chill but still interesting. Season of the Witch is groovy.

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Production: 11/20 Songwriting: 16/20 Innovation: 16/20 Bangers: 10/20 Emotional response: 15/20 =68 This is really nice but they should have included especially for you, at least as a bonus track #neighbourslolz

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I’m into it

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Toffe nummers, maar geen echte uitschieters. Toch een extra ster voor season of the witch.

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3.5/5 Delicate and oriental music, it could be a nice relaxing album sometimes interesting, others not so much

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great

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Good tunes for relaxation or socialising

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Great trippy 60s stuff, I recognized "Sunshine Superman" and "Season of the Witch".

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Really enjoyed this! Proper surprised me, Donovan is someone I’ve never even gone near! But I enjoyed this and will be buying it! Don’t think it would be for everyone though, and hard to call it a classic. However, I’m gonna roll hard and drop a 4!

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I wasn't expecting to like this but it was good. Folky and trippy, with some good tunes in there.

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Easy listening

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has some great songs by Donovan. I love listening to the lyrics of this folk singer.

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Now we're getting somewhere. This takes me back....10 years old spinning my dads records, I have no idea who they are but my child ears loved all the different sounds. This was a favorite, I didn't get it but I loved it.

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Classic, Familiar, Groovy

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Hey Siri, play me what the 60's sounded like.

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Good.

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So smooth. So soft. Sameeda has a killer solo.

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Nice psychedelic listen. Favorite tracks are Sunshine Superman and Season of the Witch

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Listened to the original US tracklisting. Good slice of 60s psychedelia

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Donovan is one of those 60s pop rock acts that had a cool dark edge to him that I always liked. And then when his Hurdy Gurdy man was used in Zodiac, I was like "exactly". I love all this stuff.

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Pretty nice grooves, stands out as something I could dig in an era full of unique musical innovation, a few iconic songs and decent grooves, 4 stars because it could be more exciting

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Solid psych rock album, first and third tracks are great

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Pitched as an English Dylan when he emerged on the scene. There is a great scene in Don't Look Back where Dylan sings love minus zero and Donovan looks on wistfully. This album is pretty rad on its own merit though

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Donovan's style had also assimilated elements of jazz and raga. The effect was to transform his medieval odes into small "baroque" chamber pieces, rich in colors, nuances and deviations. We would call it hippy (7/10) FT: Sunshine Superman, Seasons of the Witch

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Quintessential hippy sound, beautiful album. Primarily folk and psychedelic the tracks can feel like they're from another or a different realm.

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There are some great songs like "Season of the Witch" and "Sunshine Superman" but I'm not as into the more medieval-sounding tracks. Donovan is quite talented and I prefer him to some of the other psychedelic pop stars of his era.

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pretty good, liked it a lot

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Turns out twee 1960s folk is something I quite like. Who knew?

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Good 60s psychedelic rock.

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Classic

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I really like this- psychedelic and medieval! I found the rhymes and lyrics in ‘Bert’s Blues’ particularly pleasing!! ‘season of the witch’- rivals ‘Monster Mash’ as a great Halloween tune. ‘breezes of Patchouli’- great title! This song really appeals to me: ‘Darkness of my mind…’ ‘Museum’- also loved this!

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Great combination of folk, psychedelia, West Coast style - a bit of Doors-style keyboards on "Season of the Witch" - all wrapped up in Donovan's voice.

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Cool mix of folk, rock, and South Asian sounds even. The title track is a banger but the rest was good too!

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Season of the witch!

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good donovan is good

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Rock sesentero. Con toques de psicodelia. Está bien.

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Origins of season of the witch - overall pretty delightful album, with some stand-out tracks.

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þessi plata er bara helvíti góð, mjög skemmtileg lög og ekki eins og þetta sé frá 1966 alveg hátt í 9 honestly eftir fyrstu hlustun, 4 stjörnur

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expectations: sgt pepper-esque on legend of girl child linda, and so far i am accurate, it's like sad sgt pepper overall p good! but not a super memorable vibe muy pretty tho

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I have a pretty huge crush on Donovan, but this isn’t my favorite of his. ‘Hurdy Gurdy’ all tha way. 3.5

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Fun like, but I was expecting to like it more. Donovan's one of those artists I've always been meaning to get round to but I don't think I'll bother now.

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4

Sublimely beautiful album. Truly under rated if you consider that most people know Donovan as a kind of novelty act from only hearing Mellow Yellow. Sunshine Superman shows he was a doyen of psychedelia and blending it with folk. It parallel what was happening in the Laurel Canyon scene at the same time but half a world away. I'd never listened to this album before but had a best of CD that I was given that I used to cherish which had most of the tracks on it. Great album which I need to listen to more.

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A little weird but I thinki liked it overall. Definitely good enough for a second listen. Season of the Witch and Sunshine Superman are obvious stand outs but The Trip is also good, and several of the songs deserve a second listen just to absorb the stories they're telling

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Season of the witch, The trip

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Listened to on 2/16/22 4/5 Favorite Songs: Season of the Witch, The Trip If there was every a time to try psychedelic drugs, it’s definitely while listening to this album. I surprisingly really loved tot though and the way Donovan tells compelling stories in his songs. Plus Season of the Witch will forever be a Halloween bop

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4

A mixed bag but necessary given the zeitgeist.

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Po coveru se već vidi da se radi o nekakvoj psihodeliji, a pošto sam sucker u neku ruku za takav žanr, nije mi bio problem upaliti ga. Definitivno vrijedi poslušati, ovo je skriveni gem u moru psihodeličnog roka, ali u ovom slučaju bih više naglasio folka.. Sunshine Superman, Legend of a Girl Child Linda, Three King Fishers, Ferris Wheel, The Trip, Celeste...to name a few great songs!

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Ay… it’s fun. I love Donovan’s voice. It’s not particularly unique sounding to me but it does what it does very very nicely. I think it compliments the more unique instrumentation as well. I don’t consume a whole lot of this genre so I don’t have a ton to compare it to. I love the songwriting. It has some great hooks but also more laid back atmospheric stuffs. I’d listen again. I could dance to it. I could chill with friends to it. I can play it for my grandma. This album makes me feel like a goblin who gave up stealing and now wears sustainably homemade jewelry.

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You've got a love an album that can take you to the swinging sixties via medieval times. Guinevere and Cass Elliot, Merlin and Bob Dylan. Throw in some lovely sitar for good measure.

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Yeah baaaby Fantastic psychedelic folk. Can't complain

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This is a pretty good album. Psychedelic-Folk is a calmer launching point into Psych music than I really got. This is especially true as a large 60s and 70s folk fan. I've been trying to get into more psych and really enjoyed this album. And "Season of the Witch" is a classic psych track that everybody should know. Even though I enjoyed it thoroughly I have fewer thoughts than I expected to.

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"Sunshine Superman" is psychedelic folk at his finest, from the title to the last note of the last track on the album. Donovan crafted a great album that still sounds fresh after 55 years. "Season of the Witch" is a masterpiece and the title track is also worth noting.

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4

A bit hippy dippy but not all bad. Could possible like this after a couple more listens.

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Folk-rock psicodélico. Un 4.

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4

Great album, a couple of stone cold classic songs in Sunshine Superman and Season of the Witch, but the album as a whole was quality.

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pastoral hippy and shots of lsd - title track is magic like a mushroom

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4

I like Donovan, some of the songs were hard to listen to though

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Didn't know this record on the whole, only a few of the hits, and so was skeptical of his reputation. Pop music distorts our perspective but going back years/decades later can redeem. It's really very good overall. The distinctive voice and delivery. Authentically psychedelic, with some madrigal vibes here and there, but much less cliched-seeming or caricature-like than many other records of this era sound today. Glad. to discover 50+ years on.

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Vibes, man. Opening track is a banger. Other than that, nothing off the charts here, but just a solid vibe-y sixties album. Could def imagine owning this on vinyl and mellowing out on a Sunday.

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Klasyczny album od pana Donovana z 65, jeden z moich ulubionych folkowo psychodelicznych materialow, calosc zamyka sie w 43 minutach na 10 trakach, jedna z unikalnych stron tego nagrania jest to jak laczy muzycke wyspiarska, gdzie czerpie glownie lirycznie nawiazaniami folklorowymi, z psychodelicznymi eksperymentami hameryki, gdzie nie tylko substancje psychoaktywne mialy pewnie wplyw na brzmienie tego albumu, ale sama egzotycznosc styli muzycznych jakie byly grane w stanach tamtych czasow no i rewolucja spirytualistyczna ktora z niej wynikla i powstanie ruchow pro wschodnich, ktore slychac rowniez w muzyce tamtych czasow, jest to takze pierwszy popowo rokowy album feaczurujacy sitarki, ktore kilka lat pozniej zostana sprzedane swiatu przez beatlesow, ale nie samymi sitarkami stoi album, bo pojawiaja sie komozycje bardziej rokowe z elektrykiem, czy kawalki pisane na organy, plyta byla nagrywana zarowno w hameryce jak i na wyspach, wiec poszczegolne traki maja rozne sklady, ale jednak jest to raczej minimalistyczne podejscie do tworzenia, czterech glownych czlonkow, gdzie pan Donovan gra na organach i gitarce, a Shawn Phillips od sitara, chociaz jeszcze ciekawe nazwisko pojawia sie wsrod muzykow z nagran na wyspach, bo jest tam pan Jimmy Page z Zeppelinow, ktorego mozna uslyszec chocby na epickiej solowce otwierajacego tytulowego traka sunshinowego supermana, tak w ogole najbardziej sprzedane traki prezentuja rokowa strone tworczosci Donovana, natomiast folkowe kawalki maja o wiele mniejsze spotifajowe czy lastfmowe odsluchy, wiec troche artysta zamkniety w definicji danego gatunku, a ten krazek swietnie pokazuje jak mozna syntezowac brzmienie folka z rokowa psychodelia, ktora slychac jeszcze lepiej na jego kolejnych plytach, ktore mam nadzieje, ze rowniez sie pojawia na liscie, a przynajmniej chocby hurdy gurdy man musi byc, na plejke dodam jedynie tripowy utwor, ktory jak sama nazwa wskazuje bedzie opowiadal o tripie po hamerykansku

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Gave me an experience I wasn't expecting. A little all over the place. The first song is good psychedelic rock, and then it feels like the album shifts. The second song onward are mostly these comfy, soft compositions. This isn't a bad thing, and I enjoyed the style of music played with here. Unfortunately it shifts again with 'Season of the Witch,' which is a good song, but again, it just felt a little all over the place.

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test

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I enjoyed it, although I dont think ill come back to it. Ill still save it in my library though

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Clearly influential but not for me

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3

Liked it, already familiar with the title track and season of the witch (unknowingly). I feel like this is The Doors lite, or without the edge at least

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1960s album. Nothing too exciting, kinda chill to write to.

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Fortællende, mystisk, psykedelisk, afslappende

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Album jest ok, prawdę mówiąc liczyłem na więcej, tytułowa piosenka jest bardzo fajna, the trip tez jest przyjemna ale reszta piosenek mi się dłużyła,

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OK morning album. Very chill and pretty slow paced, hippy vibes?

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Wasn't expecting much, and wasn't disappointed, however wasn't that impressed as well. A trippy album for sure, but not really my cup of tea.

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Really cool mix of folk and psychedelia. Lots of catchy tunes on here, particularly the title track. Worth a few listens.

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This was cool. I love when an album comes up I’ve never heard before.

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I grew up listening to quite a bit of Donovan, it's sleepy and ethereal and I think it really hits a lot of cool psych folk spots for me. I often find psychadelic music to be hard to like, approach and Donovan is smooth and easy

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Good 60's hippy album.

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Psychedelic, man

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Cool album. Listened though without any issues. Solid 60’s album. Enjoyed.

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Nice to listen to.

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total hippie. Season of the Witch is an absolute slapper though

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A psychedelic journey. Loved this album.

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Sunshine Superman and Season of the Witch are great, not so jazzed on the other tracks

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Surprisingly difficult to find the right version of this album if you don't use Spotify. I think the title track is so good it justifies the album's existence by itself. Fun fact I just learned: Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones play on the track. "Season of the Witch" has also made its way on to some of my Halloween playlists in the past.

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Honestly haven't found anything memorable throughout the project. Bunch of soft mellow pacifying folk tunes with light waft of everything, can't honestly define it cuz even tho each song differs from another they draw up in some mood. Dono has better albums under his belt but its worth listening for someone interested but not essential imo. picks- s/t, legend of a girl, bert blues, season of the witch, trip, Celeste (sweet melody in-between)

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Seemed to be in the CCR vein of rock

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Really enjoyed part of this, other parts seemed like faux-mysticism, maybe trying too hard or something. Surprised to recognize some songs, most notably "Season of the Witch." Definitely some songs on here I will keep coming back to, the album as a whole dragged on a bit for me.

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It had some interesting, but meh

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ihan jees, mikään ei nouse esiin mutta ihan kivaa kuunneltavaa

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Good psychedelic stuff. 7/10

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Thanks Donovan, very cool. Season of the Witch is my jam👌 (I wish we could give half points (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ )

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This is the most 60s thing I’ve ever heard. Bit kumbaya for my taste, with glimpses of funkier elements.

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One of the first psychedelia albums, so hugely influential on a whole bunch of genres that came later. A lot of drippy silliness. Fave track - "Season of the Witch" by a mile!

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Meh, the first track is the best. Donovan always reminds me of Futurama.

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As much as I love sitar, adding it to lacklustre songs doesn't make them bangers. There were some great songs on this album but the sitar ones weren't them.

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not much to write home about, solid music

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Pretty trippy album. Sunshine Superman may have been the only song I knew beforehand. This will not be a part of the regular rotation nut I enjoyed it. Trippy, weird, fun.

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Wow we are really stuck in the 60s...

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Ça sent le Patchouli cet album là! J'étais enthousiaste a début... Dès les premières notes, j'ai cru entendre le générique de Quelle famille! 😂 J'ai rapidement trouvé ça flat.. Ça manque d'opium peut-être! C'est.. Correct.

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season of the witch a toujours eu ma préférence mais la version studio seulement il a une belle voix mais c'est un baladeu doux

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I always confuse Donovan with Donnie Osmond. Very different!

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Just boring. I like the sitar in a few songs but the medieval folky story songs are so hard to listen to.

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Scrapes a passing grade. Not a bad sound, but a little boring especially by the end.

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Middle of the road, no “likable” songs for my Spotify catalogue, but a very listenable album.

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Good album and definitely of its time. Every tune sounded very similar to the last one.

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Nice and chilled. Nice songwriting. Nice guitar playing. Sounds VERY 60s. Happily listened to it, although not hugely exciting. I didn't realise he was Scottish, always assumed he was American. 6/10

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Eerste nummer is briljant, rest aardig!

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Fine. Bit Beatlesy and also a whiff of Nick Drake at times. Quite liked it but too long

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It was good

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Donovan is a BTEC Beach Boys to be honest, good but not the best.

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3.5 Stars. First half was great... 2nd not as good...

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Een paar goede nummers, maar top-album 3/5

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Old, but not too bad

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temas bonitos

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Gut hörbar aber für mich doch eher Schlager im hippiegewandt

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Schön, insbesondere Season of the witch!

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older folkish album, the title song was the best. It was OK

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Pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this album. I was not expecting it to be so psychedelic. I'll have to remember to circle back to it later for another listen. Sitar owns.

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I liked the first song, rest was a bit samey, not bad, doubt I would listen to again

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Psychedelic hippie rock, I'm sure it's fine.

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I’ll be adding Mellow Yellow and The Hurdy Gurdy Man into the rotation, too.

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One or two standouts

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really good musically some of the songs could have been a little shorter/less repetitive season of the witch is a banger, didn't realize he wrote the original sounds like a hugely influential album and probably ahead of its time but not necessarily something i'd come back to

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it was ok. very 60's. 3/5

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Buena voz. Icono en EEUU. Melodías amigables

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This is a good summer evening chilling in the backyard, roasting marshmallows on fire pit and swatting away mosquitos as they treat you like a human buffet album.

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Solid - I am getting a bit sick of music specifically from the late 60's but I would also admit its a crazy ass half decade for music

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A quite beautiful psychedelic album with some iconic tracks, but a little slow in parts!

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I like Donovan and his proto Renaissance faerie aesthetic—some of these were a bit long, and I’m used to listening to his greatest hits where the whitest is separated from the chaff

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I tuned in and out of this and it’s not something I’d really ever gravitate to. And yet, overall I probably liked it more than I expected. “Bert’s Blues” is a solid tune and I’m really looking forward to the sequel, “Ernie’s Emo” any day now.

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A couple great songs on here, but a bunch of cringey stuff.

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it started off strong the music was fun but then as it went on it kind of got painful to listen to because of the stretched out singing but then it got good again at the end

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Esoterik pur

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‘The album's lyrical content encompasses Donovan's increasing ability to portray "Swinging London" and give listeners an insider's look into the mid-sixties pop scene.’

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Heard of Donovan, but never listened to him. I liked "Sunshine Superman" and "Season of the Witch".

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Nice, My Mum used to love Donovon so yay. Mostly great bangers and he's defo got some great tracks: sunshine superman, the season of the witch and the trip. Couple of duds Guinvere and three Kingfishers hurt me with their whiny whimsical dirge. So pound shop Dylan or forgotten genius, maybe just an all around good egg of an album cheers our Ma!

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Has some nice tunes but dude went too heavy on the love songs

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Proto-psychedelic. Precocious!

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It's decent -- I love the vibes of the album but not so much the type of music. Favorite Track: Season of the Witch In one word: Cod

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Psychedelic, fun, chill album.

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Mid

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Hate to say it, but I love his hits more than his deep catalog of fairy shit.

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This is a lovely slice of early, Top 40-friendly psychedelia. I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Donovan, and he's in great form here: his vocals are ethereal and melodic while still having a bit of folky grit, and his lyrical poetry is perhaps at its most surreal and beautiful. Sometimes I found it a bit tedious to sit through, and if you're the kind of person that turns up their nose at psychedelic pop with vivid imagery and sitars, you should stay FAR away from this one. But overall, I'm quite glad I took this trip with Mr. Leitch! Favorite tracks: - "Sunshine Superman" (slinky, groovy and atmospheric- I MUCH prefer this over "Mellow Yellow") - "Season of the Witch" (an absolute BEAST of a track, probably one of Donovan's best. That guitar work, the paranoia in both the lyrics and vocal delivery. Why don't more films use this song in their 60s montages??) - "The Trip" (again, palatable psychedelia. I hadn't heard this one before and I enjoyed it immensely!)

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Pleasant surprise, bright catchy 60s rock.

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Interesting mix of mid 60s Beatlesey pop and Dylanesque folk. Very evocative of the times, pleasant enough Sunshine Superman the song is an enduring classic.

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Started off very rocky, but grew on me towards the end. Basically Bob Dylan from the UK

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Funky, psychedelic, and a whole lot of sitar. I didn't make any new discoveries on this one, just reminded of the tracks I love: Sunshine Superman and Season of the Witch.

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This was an interesting listen, didn't expect it to be sort of bluesy but I liked it. Favourite songs: Sunshine Superman, Bert's Blues

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Tired

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Sunshine ordinaryman

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i liked it

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I knew season of the witch, it that’s about it. I love a good psychedelic rock album, but Sunshine Superman was definitely not my favorite to jam to

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So....was Donavon (Britains answer to Dylan) influential on the Beatles? The use of Sitar on this album preceded Sgt Pepper and the eclectic psychedelia of this album is seen as the first real "Psychadelic" album. I like Donavons nod to his English folk-music routes and especially his homage to that giant of Folk/Jazz Guitar Bert Jansch on "Berts Blues" also love the title track and "Ferris Wheel" a good selection for this collection I think.

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Great psychedelic folk rock album.

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Easy listening psychedelic 60’s freak out album

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Poor man’s bob dylan

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A 3 star going on a 4.

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I appreciate the originality of the music paving the way to a new genre that helped create st peppers and others but I could not see myself listening to the album again for any reason or in any state.

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The fine art of taking the piss out of yourself while looking deadly serious.

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This man is the definition of a hippie and I love it. Had no idea he had these songs that I've heard for forever.

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Some songs a bit slow but a pretty good psych folk album

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Some great stuff, but spare me the hippy dipshit nonsense please.

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I like Donovan. I think he has a really appealing voice and I like his songs for the most part. Some of his songs are kind of pop/psychedelic folk sounding, while others are more eastern influenced. In general, I like the songs in the former category moreso than those in the latter, but all in all it's a good listen. 3 stars.

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Græn engi, blóm í haga og hári, hlý sumargola og fuglar syngja í trjánum.

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It turns out that this is the go-to album to use in a movie if you want to evoke a slightly uneasy feeling of the 1960s. I enjoyed it a lot more than a thought a would, the few familiar tracks serving as a solid foundation for the rest of the album. Decent psychedelic folk pop.

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Some very clipped stoner action. Surprisingly deep.

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Very eastern-feeling folksy album. Some songs I didn’t like and some I did.

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Dobar glas honestly

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A svidilo mi se al ne baš previše.

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I like Donovan. But this is a lot of acoustic warbling.

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Donovan! I've heard the hype, I've heard the rumours, now I've heard the music.

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This is by no means a bad album, and Season of the Witch is solid, but it doesn't grab and hold your atttention like so many of the other greats of 1966 did. Donovan always strikes me as a chameleon, not an innovator: the guy in the 60's who was doing what everyone else was doing, but less well. The 'Airplane cover just makes you want to put on Surrealistic Pillow or Baxter's, and even Season of the Witch puts you in the mood for Them or Van Morrison.

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I would think that the folks who heard Sunshine Superman on the radio and ran out the buy this album would have been disappointed. At first, I was dismissive of the esoteric, psychedelic folk, especially the way he pronounces the words in a weird way in order to maintain the rhythm of the verse, but it grew on me, especially side 1, after a while. And the title track is a sixties classic.

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I mean, I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. "Swinging hippie" is how I'd describe the genre, but I'm not mad at it. Would I re-listen? I don't know, maybe to a couple favorite tracks--namely "Season of the Witch" and the title track--but the rest is simply not worth it IMO. Bumping this up a star on the strength of those two great tracks alone.

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Couple classic songs. The rest just OK.

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Nice. 3/5

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I enjoy this, nice and groovy. I kind of stopped paying attention, but solid, nice background music

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This is the first time I've listened to a whole album from Donovan, and I've only heard a few tracks in total. For me Donovan falls somewhere in the middle of folk, psychodelia and Van Morrison. "Sunshine Superman", "Season of the Witch" and "The Trip" were familiar tracks. "Sunshien Superman" was the best track,and the album was okay overall.

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The title song and Season of the Witch are really great. It's a shame the rest of the album is so boring.

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Some ok, but many too long and boring

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Skemmtileg, fjölbreytt. Season of the Witch er náttúrulega geggjað. Svolítið líkur Ingó Veðurguð (útlitslega)

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Ágætis stöff. Rosa misjöfn plata. Lögin sem maður þekkir eru mjög góð en svo er talsvert óeftirminnilegra stöff inná milli.

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3.5

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Enjoyable but get the feeling he’s a wannabe Bob Dylan.

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its good i guess? 3 or 4 somewhere in there. nice guy but the songs make me a little sleepy.

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Outside of Sunshine Superman, I wasn't terribly impressed with this album. Very 60's sounding, but somewhat mediocre. 3

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Nice album. Season of the Witch is a 5 🌟 song and there are a few others that caught my ear. A few more listens and it might get to 4 but for 3.5 🌟

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Liked the rock songs, didn't like the folk songs. Not a huge fan of his voice if I'm honest. Celeste was the only fun song I didn't know already.

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It's more interesting than enjoyable. I really like the title track and 'Season of the Witch' but the other songs baffle me veering off at musical tangents it's difficult to classify. Certainly not boring but more cultural history.

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Pari hyvää biisiä, jotka jo tuttuja olikin, mut ei oikeen tehnyt vaikutusta muutoin

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Better than I looked for but he still looks like Owain from Father Ted.

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Ihan lepposaa menoa, mutta ei koveta.

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Not really my thing. Beautiful guitar playing on most songs. Too flowery for me.

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Got halfway through the album, really not my thing, kinda droning, Donovan has a weird intonation that I found grating. Bert's Blues is alright.

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2.5!

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A bit trippy for my liking. Maybe if I was stoned I would enjoy it more 😁

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Meh

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Kinda like early Beatles if they were just one man and not as exciting.

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One trick pony of an album, really. The off-kilter energy of the opener could've sustained a good chunk of varied tracks, but instead we get a slate of bloated ballads that go nowhere quickly.

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It was charming enough in a folksy 60s way but I'm not coming back to it anytime soon, this Aussie gives it two bags of macadamia nuts out of five.

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Recognise Sunshine Superman. Very Mod. Definitely not to my taste.

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2/5

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Not my vibe.

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bad

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awesome live album. hardest working man in show biz

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British guy makes psychedelic rock music but - get this! - he's not a Beatle. Forgettable, IMO.

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Guy who hangs out with The Beatles makes an album that sounds a lot like The Beatles. Cool. Season of the Witch is fun. I mean, I guess it's all fun. It just sounds like a copycat who is slightly less competent. It's the Hydrox cookies of The Beatles Oreos.

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Meh. Psychedelic 60s stuff, first track was OK, wasn't too interested in the rest.

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Not bad to cook to. But it was a bit one toned all the way through

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Donovan doing Donovan things. Not really my bag maaaaaan. ✌️

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Eerste nummer leuk, goede stem ook, daarna slappe hap.

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Een paar wel aardige nummers maar over het geheel toch ook wel echt kabbelend en muzikaal behang.

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Niet echt goed geluisterd, maar klinkt voor mij toch echt iets te oudbollig. En het doet me ook te weinig. En what's up met die citar de hele tijd.

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terrible fome, se supone que fue como influyente dentro de lo que es la música psicodélica pero no sé, no es lo mío y le daría un 1 de no ser porque un tema me gustó harto

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- like im at children recital but the child is talented

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Don't know that I'd go out of my way to listen to this super 60's-feeling album unless I was in the mood for that specific genre

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Eh. It's just alright.

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I can smell this album from 50 years in the future

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Meh.

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Groovy baby.

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Meh

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While there were some enjoyable songs and sections, I definitely enjoy the more established psychedelia that came about from 67 onwards.

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Maybe when it was new it was more impressive, but the whole thing blurs into a generic mess for me.

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Sounds like something out of Austin Powers

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Not that I've paid a lot of attention, but Donovan always struck me as an artist with a handful of great singles going for him and not a whole lot else. Sunshine Superman does nothing to change that impression. Actually, I don't consider the leadoff tune, Sunshine Superman to be all that great. Basically, it's a simple blues form with a descending melody line--nothing special. Donovan blesses the tune with an uncharacteristically gutsy performance, but the lead guitar break is execrable, and the song's claim to be a forerunner of psychedelic is overblown. I'm not even sure what that's based on. Most of the rest of the album is winsome folky trash. I mean, the aggressive bass playing and thin overlay of sitar helps, but can't really disguise the wimpy nature of these tunes. Frankly, it really annoys me when something like Sunshine Superman is held up as a great sixties album, especially by an old fart like me. How on earth is anyone without an AARP card going to take us seriously if we champion garbage like this?

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I know I'm supposed to like this because Donovan is psychedelic royalty, but... meh.

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one okay single

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The pronunciation sounds retro 1. The fade out is kind of weird 2. I really like this. It sounds like a lullaby. It’s a very simple melody. 3. This sounds like ye olde fleet foxes. 4. The Samson line is clever 5. All these melodies are really simple. This song is kinda all over the place. The instruments are pretty. 6. I wonder if this song is the first time this phrase was used. I can see the chorus of this being used in tv shows and movies. 7. Drink me/wonderland lyric is clever. I kind of like this. I can’t deny that it’s interesting. 8. His lyrics are interesting but he really should have gotten some help with his melodies. They’re all so simple and repetitive and almost nothing has a hook. 9. This is really boring. ngl. 10. Last one yay. This has some pretty instrumentals Like - I just can’t get past how slow and simple and repetitive the melodies were. I can’t see myself returning to this and I’m confused as to how it got so popular that it made this list. This just really isn’t for me Favorite Song: Legend of a Girl Child Linda

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Much of it sounded like a music from a kids tv show or a music teacher making music up off the cuff. A couple of good tracks though.

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Surprisingly likeable if a bit dated.

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This was OK, the first song is one of my favourites from the 60's, the rest of the album didnt live up to it though.

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ehhh... A case where the singles are unsurprisingly and not excitingly the best songs on the album ("Sunshine Superman" and "Season of the Witch" are good...although it's possible I'm having some confirmation bias since these are the songs I know) - the rest is ... well, painfully dated. I guess there's nothing wrong with that but rather than a group of good songs it sounds more like a pastiche of what the late 60s were supposed to sound like. Yay here's some psychedelia ... I could picture many of these as background music to any Austin Powers movie. Also the lack of stereo knocks it down a bit more in listenability for me. 3/10 2 stars.

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2 stars. Worst two tracks are in the beginning, but definitely improves. Much higher energy than some other psych rock on this list. With that said, I likely won’t return to this music

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It's just too slow for me personally three songs in. Almost every song is too slow and it makes the album feel boring. The singing is ok and lyrics aren't horrible but it just feels bland besides Bert's blues and season of the witch.

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Note to anyone listening: use the stereo version. It's night and day: the mono version I found had distortion and clipping all over the place, whereas the stereo version has so much more clarity and gives the arrangements room to breathe. With that in mind... it's still a bang average album. History seems to want to paint a picture that everything released in the mid-60s was limitless, groundbreaking, as psychedelics kicked the doors down and revealed a landscape of possibilities. A lot of it was, of course... but a lot of it was probably also something like this. My impression listening to this was that Donovan was surrounded by talent and inspiration, but could only soak up so much of it. His voice is plain and unadorned, and doesn't do much for the material. The excellent "Season of the Witch" is an exception, where Donovan suddenly sings like his words mean something, with energy and emotion. It's as though the engineers said to him: "This one will be the single and will make or break you, put your back into it for god's sake." I'd have liked to hear more of his signature finger-picked guitar work: instead, texture takes the front seat and more focus is on shaping mythical, mystic songs to float on water. This isn't always a bad thing, as most of my favourite parts of the record were the ripples flowing around Donovan, including some lovely baroque touches. Harpsichords and flutes abound, and the orchestra comes into its own in several tracks. "Legend of A Girl Child Linda" has some really nice orchestration, and "Ferris Wheel" and "Celeste" are the prettiest offerings. "Bert's Blues" and "The Trip" give some musical variation, but nothing that jumps out too much. Donovan's lyrics are too literal for me, not enough of the abstract and too many medieval references thrown in as though its a shortcut to create the mood he's after. Finally, the decision to insert a pregnant pause after every single phrase in "Guinevere" is a terrible one as it puts a frustrating halt on the song every time. There's something very quaint and optimistic about this record: it's more introspective than the psychedelic freak-outs to come, and arguably also less interesting. Everything about it screams 1960s: the trippy, flower-laden cover. Intermittent sitar and tabla to simulate psychedelia. The fact that someone could be called Linda and be a beautiful young woman, rather than a retired secretary with back pain. It's all aged where Donovan's closest peers (Beatles and Dylan) haven't, and this is mainly on account of the musical and lyrical gulf separating them. Listening to this album fifty-five years on exposes just how vast that was: I don't want to hold that against Donovan too much, but comparisons are inevitable if everyone's reaching for the same tune.

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Super hippy 60's music. Not for me.

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The good: Sunshine Superman, Season of the Witch The average: Bert's Blues The bad: everything else

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More sitar-y than that album that was entirely sitar, somehow. Had high hopes as Donovan created some of the grooviest tracks of the swinging 60s; bit disappointed he didn't tap into those vibes for the whole album. Too much of a free spirit, I guess. 2.5

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Some cool sounds and a couple of memorable hits, nothing that magical for me though

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Once again, I find myself in unfamiliar territory. I'm not a big fan of psych, unless it's more on the rock side. This is more folky than rock. I don't think it's bad, but it's not making an impression on me this time around.

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Hippy dullness, but with some kooky quirks.

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what?

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Interesting that the album that supposedly started flower power and the hippy revolution and influenced so many, now sounds tame by comparison to many albums that came after of a similar type. I usually like this genre, but didn’t particularly like this one. Too middle of the road for me.

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Some okay pysch-folk, maybe a 2.5? Been a bit of a dry patch on the 1001 lately

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Sometimes I wish I could see the entire 1001 and some breakdowns of the total. Of all the albums released in 1966, this makes the cut, which gets me thinking about what albums didn't. Back in my undergrad days, the girl who broke my heart was an absolute militant Donovan fan. Woe betide anyone who didn't take this seriously. 'Sunshine Superman' is fine as are 'Bert's Blues' and 'Celeste' , but then there's a lot of hey nonny nonny. And at times he sounds a bit like Matt Berry singing something from The Mighty Boosh/House of Fools/Toast, etc, which makes it hard to take seriously

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Didn't like.

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Folksy 60s music is just not my bag.

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Not my cup of herbal tea. Pleasant though.

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Not really a fan of this. Thought it was a bit boring.

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Eh

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Sunshine Superman and Season of the Witch are great. Thr rest is kind of droning

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Flott lög í plötu sem heldur ekki nægilega vel. Ágætis hlustun í feðraorlofinu en dóttir mín varð pirruð í mestu sækódelíunni.

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La première pièce est excellente. Le reste n'est pas mauvais, mais j'aurais préféré la vibe de la première.

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A little boring.

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Hippies! Was ok, 15 songs was about 10 too many though

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I just found this one a bit too slow

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Dylan wannabe and the man who seems to have written all The Beatles music - according to himself. It's a pot luck of folk rock, folk and basic sixties cod-psychedelia. It's a pot luck of tunes as well. Best Tracks: Sunshine Superman, Season of the Witch; The Trip

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definitely not for me

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1/15/21

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That's a no from me.

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Totalno bezveze

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So boring

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Just no.

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Not really my bag, very slow and reparative. Like Season of the Witch

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I really struggled with this album. Far too British

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Feels like I've been transported to the 60s and became a hippie.

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This is so so so bad. Shrill voice and uninspiring annoying songs. 2/10.

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Even just looking at this album cover makes me annoyed. Look at his ugly fucken elfin head. Look at the stupid renaissance-fair-on-LSD aesthetic. Oh good, it's 1966. Fancy that: the boomers who compiled this shitty book have added yet another album from the late 60s. And big fucking surprise, it sounds exactly as horrendous as it looks. Waify, cringey late 60s psychedelic garbage. I'll give it a point for not pretending to be anything that it isn't... but I have to give it at least 1 point anyway. So there's it's point. 1/5.

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blurs into all the other weird 60s albums on this list.

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No

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More hippy shit

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Annoying... For anyone who knows the mighty boosh, this sounds like the logical conclusion of retro, but unironically. Put down the sitar, man...

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Legend of a Girl Child Linda seemed to overstay its welcome for me and was a lowlight, but the title track, Bert's Blues, and Season of the Witch among others more than made up for it. Donovan as an artist and as a group seem to work best when focusing on full force psychedelia but the troubadour's Medieval crooning also has its place. A solid 4 stars.

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