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Sunshine Superman

Donovan

1966

Sunshine Superman

Album Summary

Sunshine Superman is the third album from British singer-songwriter Donovan. It was released in the United States on August 26, 1966, but was not released in the UK because of a contractual dispute. In June 1967, a compilation of tracks from this album and the follow-up Mellow Yellow was released as Sunshine Superman in the UK. Sunshine Superman was named after Donovan's hit single released in the US in July 1966. The album was Donovan's most successful, peaking at number eleven in the US and remaining on the Billboard Top LPs chart for six months. The tracks from Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow were not mixed into stereo, with the exception of "Season of the Witch", until the 2011 2-CD deluxe edition issued by UK EMI.

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Rating

3.09

Votes

5335

Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

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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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

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

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Wed Sep 16 2020
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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Sun Jan 03 2021
5

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

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Wed Feb 10 2021
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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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Vibrant and nostalgic. Very groovy.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

kinda epic, got distracted towards the end lol

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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

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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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

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

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Mon Nov 23 2020
4

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

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

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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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

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

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

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

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

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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Tue Feb 09 2021
2

Hated a lot of it, liked a couple songs

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

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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Tue Sep 28 2021
2

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

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Mon Nov 08 2021
2

Whiny folk drivel saved by some catchy riffs.

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Tue May 04 2021
1

hippy shit

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Fri Apr 09 2021
1

false

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Sat Jun 19 2021
1

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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Tue Jan 12 2021
5

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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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

Super psychedelic

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Thu Aug 26 2021
5

Very good

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Tue Sep 07 2021
5

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

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

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

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

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

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

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

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

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

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Sun Feb 27 2022
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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Sun Feb 27 2022
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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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

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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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

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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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

What a cool guy

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

60s in a bottle. I LOVED IT!

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

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

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Tue May 03 2022
5

psychodelic

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

Good. I liked it. 5\5

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

This is right up my alley. This kind of folk music just feels so genuinely unpretentious to me. From the harpsichord to the sitar to all the other instruments, I loved listening carefully to this record. An album I can get lost in.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

Mí favorita es The season of the witch pero me gustaron todas las canciones. Discazo!

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Two thumbs up!

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

oh hell yeah that his has been one of my favorite albums for a while I’m glad I got it again just all-around weird and perfect 10/10

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

Un extravagante álbum con toques folk y rock los cuáles asemejan mucho a la edad medieval, además de sus letras las cuales nos llevan en un viaje a través de le época medieval

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

Absolutely sure I've heard quite a few of these songs before. But if someone had asked me what Donovan sounds like, I wouldn't have had any clue whatsoever. Turns out, I quite like his music. Not sure if I should round the 4.5 up or down - but let's err on the positive side for the obvious influence he had on a lot of later music I enjoy a lot.

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Wed Oct 28 2020
4

Really good pop 3.5/4

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Tue Jan 12 2021
4

szamanski 60s chill

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Tue Jan 12 2021
4

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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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

n/a

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

pretty good album and songs

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

Good psychedelic classics

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

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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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Big Donovan fan. Simple yet powerful.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

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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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

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

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Donovan is not Dylan, but he’s great anyway

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Pretty good psychedelic rock

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Tue May 11 2021
4

A couple of songs I really like.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

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

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

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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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

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

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

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

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

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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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

like it very much

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

REtro total!

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

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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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

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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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

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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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

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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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

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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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

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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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

I’m into it

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

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

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

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

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

great

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Good tunes for relaxation or socialising

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

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

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

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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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

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

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

Easy listening

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

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

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

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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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Classic, Familiar, Groovy

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

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

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Sun Sep 19 2021
4

Good.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

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

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

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

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

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

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

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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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

021121 14:21 4

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

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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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Solid psych rock album, first and third tracks are great

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

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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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

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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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

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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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

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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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

pretty good, liked it a lot

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

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

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Sat Dec 11 2021
4

Good 60s psychedelic rock.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Classic

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

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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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

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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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

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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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

Season of the witch!

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

good donovan is good

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Sat Jan 15 2022
4

Rock sesentero. Con toques de psicodelia. Está bien.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

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

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Sat Jan 29 2022
4

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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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

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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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

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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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

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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Mon Feb 07 2022
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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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

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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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

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

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

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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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

A mixed bag but necessary given the zeitgeist.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

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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Sun Feb 27 2022
4

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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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

Yeah baaaby Fantastic psychedelic folk. Can't complain

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

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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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

"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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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

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

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

Folk-rock psicodélico. Un 4.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
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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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

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

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

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

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Fri May 06 2022
4

Not too bad.

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Fri May 06 2022
4

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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Fri May 13 2022
4

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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Fri May 13 2022
4

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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Fri May 27 2022
4

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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Sun May 29 2022
4

As a student, I once spent a summer working in a purgatorial tourist trap shop in a seaside town, selling dinghies and pornographic playing cards to apathetic tourists. The music the shop played was from a 5-cd compilation; the staff (mainly 16-yr-olds) had been prevented from putting on their own music after the boss walked in to the sound of Eminem rapping about raping his own mother. Anyway, the best songs on that CD were one of the few reasons I didn't open my own wrists whilst working there. These included I Am The Resurrection, Ghost Town, The Model and Sunshine Superman (the worst included Bette Davis Eyes: who would want Bette Davis' wonky eyes anyway? They looked like Ygor's from Young Frankenstein). So, I have quite some fondness for Donovan from the outset. That the Happy Mondays paid homage to him on Pills 'N Thrills and Bellyaches also works in his favour. But I had not sat down and properly listened to an album of his before. This was no purposful evasion; I just hadn't. I probably would have given this a bash at some juncture in the future, but other acts have piqued my curiosity more over the years: Gary Numan has seemed more overtly intriguing to me than this trippy folk-rock troubadour. Listening to this album inevitably conjures the image of you-know-who. Yes, him. This causes a doubt as to whether Donovan is truly worthwhile, or just a capable xeroxing in lieu of the real deal. I'd like to dispel that scepticism. Although of course he was an influence on Donovan, it's unfair and reductive to dismiss Donovan as mere karaoke, and also you'd be missing out. You see, it turns out Sunshine Superman is highly enjoyable. Part of this pleasure comes from his distinction to Dylan; contempt might not be in Donovan's bag, but Dylan can hardly manage Donovan's feyness. Indeed, one can discern how this influenced Marc Bolan, particularly in the lightness and clarity of Donovan's voice. However, the best songs on this album (Sunshine Superman, Season of the Witch, Bert's Blues, that sort) are, perhaps counterintuitively given Donovan's reputation, rather fierce rockers. The gentler, folksier numbers unfortunately tend to drag a touch, but not disqualifyingly so. As such, this album isn't perfect, but a great time should result anyway.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

I feel like this is the sound of the 60s. He encompassed it and then influenced others. When the other guys (Who, LZ, Stones, Et al.) were trying to break out of doing ripped off blues Donovan was creating the sound of the summer of love.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

The album gives a positive vibe, a spur in humaneness. I like the harpsichord and sitar sounds. I read Jimmy Page played on this pre Led Zeppelin

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Sat Jun 11 2022
4

I’ve never heard mideval psychedelic music like this but it’s really good

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

Nice. Another artist I'd only heard of, but really dig his music.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

I got into Donovan 'late' so to speak, that is to say I almost didn't hear of his music whilst searching for new bands in my youth. It took a couple of listens to get fully into the album, the standout track for me being 'season of the witch', but overall the album is a great listen if you immerse yourself in it

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Sometimes psychedelic, sometimes medieval folk-ish, sometimes both. I dug most of it. Best track: Sunshine Superman

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

great songwriting

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Delicious, chill jams. Upbeat vibes all over. Very easy to listen to.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
4

Really great. Encapsulates so much of what was so great about the 60s :) Will return

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Really enjoyed this mix of folk and psychedelic music, lots of brilliant catchy songs. Though a few forgettable songs stops this getting a 5.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

me re gustó!! fue bastante slay le doy 8/10 mis temas favs: season of the witch, berts blues y celeste

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Sat Sep 03 2022
4

I have a friend named Donovan

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

First song was an absolute banger. Second song too long, but the rest of the album was really solid. I like the psychedelic rock vibe.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

great album ,very chill.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

If you put aside the fact that Donovan was suppose to be the "new" Dylan when he began his career as a acoustic folk singer, Sunshine Superman, as well as his other albums from the late 60's, really reflected the time period. He shifted his style to a psychedelic, folk rock sound and wore long flowery shirts, which of course, wasn't anything new as the Beatles, Stones, Hendrix, Byrds etc, experimented with the sound and concept. I must admit, I like Donovan's attempt, most of it was listenable and it sure beats his folky troubadour sound. It gets overindulgent at times and it wears thin after a while, but this album is a good positive time-capsule of his career.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Fun sitar on the tracks, season of the witch is great.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

I’ve listened to enough psychedelia at this point that I’ve grown quite tired of it. However, this album manages to bring an earnestness that doesn’t get lost in the weirdness for weirdness’s sake. Donovan employs fairly basic folk/blues/psychedelic instrumentation including some eastern sounds but he manages to center his voice at all times which grounds the album. Though the lyrics are at times a bit overkill replete with vaguely druggish and new age imagery, the overall effect is pleasant and enjoyable.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

This was so outrageously sixties... Mostly in a good way but sometimes a little too ridiculous

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Definitely enjoyable and a nice change of pace from Cohen

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

Love this album, great psych sound and Indian influence. Fav track: Sunshine Superman

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Really liked it. Nice and clean easy listen

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

The first real surprise since I started to do this, I had never listened to Donovan properly, being put off my his image and only really knew Mellow Yellow. I'd been missing out. There is some hippy bollocks on here but it's enjoyable and some great harder edged psychedelic stuff like Season of the Witch. Sunshine Superman just pips that as best song. Really good.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Suprisingly good, me enjoy a bit

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

I love love love the instrumentation on this, and songs like the title track and Season of the Witch are just fantastic

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

This is a pretty trippy album and you can hear he has influenced many artists

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

When I was think of 60s hippies, Donovan is typically the first to come to mind. And in his landmark album, he showcases his acoustic-driven psychedelic sound in a variety of settings. Some songs like "Sunshine Superman" and "Season of the Witch" entice pop and rock fans with a hard catchy sound, while other songs put listeners in a trance. I think the transitions can be quite harsh. For example, I'm sure many listeners who know the titular song are quite shocked that the very next song "Legend of a Girl Child Linda" is the exact opposite. It's a good song, whimsical, trippy, and beautiful with the moody classical arrangements, but soft and story-driven (reminds me Leonard Cohen). There seems to be a dynamic between these two styles throughout the album that could push listeners away. Moving songs like "Season of the Witch" and "The Trip" toward the front would help alleviate this, but I can how having slow songs back-to-back could also get people to turn it off. I found most of the songs to be peaceful, groovy, and memorable. "Guinevere" and "The Fat Angel" were boring, but at least the sitar and lyrics kept me engaged if I were paying attention. My favorite thing about the album is how the instruments are used to illustrate the stories told (it's like they're talking or creating sound effects), and since there are so many of them, it makes a very colorful experience fun to trip to.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

I love psychedelic rock and this album is quite a cool mix of that and other genres. Good stuff Saved tracks: Sunshine Superman, Season of the Witch, The Trip, The Fat Angel

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Fri Aug 28 2020
3

test

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Sat Jan 30 2021
3

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

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Thu Sep 24 2020
3

Clearly influential but not for me

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Mon Dec 07 2020
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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Thu Sep 24 2020
3

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

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Mon Oct 19 2020
3

Fortællende, mystisk, psykedelisk, afslappende

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Tue Jan 12 2021
3

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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Wed Jan 13 2021
3

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

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

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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Tue Jan 19 2021
3

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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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

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

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

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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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

Good 60's hippy album.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Psychedelic, man

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Sat Jan 16 2021
3

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

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Nice to listen to.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
3

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

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

A psychedelic journey. Loved this album.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

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

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

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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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

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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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Seemed to be in the CCR vein of rock

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

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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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

It had some interesting, but meh

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Tue Mar 09 2021
3

ihan jees, mikään ei nouse esiin mutta ihan kivaa kuunneltavaa

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Good psychedelic stuff. 7/10

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

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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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

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

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

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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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

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

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

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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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

not much to write home about, solid music

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

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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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

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

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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

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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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

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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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

I always confuse Donovan with Donnie Osmond. Very different!

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

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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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

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

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Tue Feb 02 2021
3

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

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