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2011 10 Jun

Donovan und „Sunshine Superman“

von: Michael Engelbrecht Filed under: Blog | TB | Comments off

Donovans Album “Sunshine Superman” liegt jetzt in exzellentem Remastering neu vor. Wer nicht in der Royal Albert Hall war, Anfang Juni 2011, wo er das ganze Werk aufführte, kann mit der CD wahrlich ein Stück alte Zeit oder Kindheit zurückgewinnen (oder auch Zukunft, je nachdem). Andy Gill schrieb jüngst dazu in „The Independant“:  

Widely regarded at the time as a mere Dylan copyist, Donovan was rarely given due credit for his innovative work in the late 1960s, each hit seeming to confirm his supposed betrayal. That situation was not helped by the fact that business disputes held up the release of Sunshine Superman, his landmark chamber-folk album, for over a year following its recording in late 1965/early 1966 – which means that although it appeared after them, it actually pre-dated such comparably ambitious works as Revolver and Pet Sounds. Reissued here, with a wealth of bonus material, it’s as powerfully evocative of its era as „Breezes of Patchuli“, with psych-rockers such as the title-track balanced by mythic poesie like „Guinevere“ and sitar-laced hippie whimsy like „The Fat Angel“.

Und hier spielt Donovon den Titelsong (Quelle: The Guardian) und erzählt seine Geschichte:

Rob Young, der geschätzte Autor des Buches „Electric Eden“ über die Geschichte und Wurzeln des britischen Folk Rock, schreibt über die Neuveröffentlichung von Donovans Album: „His best was still to come: the paradisaic „A Gift From A Flower to A Garden“ the mystic rock of „Barabajagal“. But polished up, „Sunshine“ can stand proudly close with those LPs, and alongside „Rubber Soul“ and „Fifth Dimension“ as one of the great ´60s game-changers. (Uncut, Juli 2011)

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