Sunshine Superman - Pye 1966
When the album was released "Sunshine Superman" had already been a huge hit on the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic; with its great bass intro hook. On many tracks though, Donovan's folk background still shines through. Some songs are still very folkish, featuring only Donovan and his acoustic guitar, but with additional classical instruments like woodwinds, violins and harpsichord.
Other songs are highly inspired by Indian music featuring both tabla and sitar. Among those the beautiful "Guinevere" and "Fat Angel" are clear favourites. On "Bert's Blues" Donovan combines elements from both jazz and and classical music, creating an almost avantgardish new fusion.
Quite outstanding is the classic "Season of the Witch", which has been covered by various other artists; Donovan at his heaviest! The majestic "Celeste", which closed the original album is another highlight.
The 7 bonus-tracks are all fine. Some are outtakes, others are early versions of songs that would later appear on "Mellow Yellow" and "Barabajal". The booklet is a great read featuring biography and detalied information about each track and Donovan's collaboration with Micky Most.
Though most of the strongest tracks can be found on various compilations; and though a few songs may sound a bit out-dated, the album as a whole still appear as an essential document of how music changed in the middle 1960's, and that Donovan was more than just a softer British echo of what Bob Dylan was doing in America.