NEW Sunshine Superman (DVD)
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I need to add I've finally made it through this huge wonder of goodies...wow..music videos, rare performances, recent unreleased video performances of new songs....its as though he took his entire store room of video and history of his life and crammed all the good bits onto these two DVDs..seriously hours of fun...loads of info...and a real interesting look inside the life and career of someone...who is interesting enough to warrant it!
The second disc is filled with extras; videos made before we called them that, songs from concerts, interviews, short films, wow! Thanks, Donovan! I am going to get as many of Donovan's concerts as I can hunt down. Not only has he made some of the most adventerous music of the sixties and seventies, but he still is with us creating music to help us think and laugh and love. (Check out his "Sutras" album for a great example of his newer music.)
This is a 2 DVD set, the first disc is a 3 hour documentary on the life of 60's folk musician Donovan. It is an interview with the man himself in which he takes you on his "journey" through his life and history as a musician via vinatge performance clips and private films. Other interviews include his wife Linda, his arranger James Cameron, luthier Danny Ferrington and not much else. Unfortunately, some friends of Donovan are no longer with us such as Mickey Most, George Harrison, Keith Moon, Brian Jones, and Gram Parsons. Other contemporaries from the era are conspicuous from the absence, which is a shame; it would have been nice to have Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Danny Thompson, Shawn Philips or John Paul Jones talk about their involvement with Donovan. But then again maybe the blame should be laid at the director's feet. I would think in better hands the story would have been more varied with many different points of view if more of Donovan's contemporaries were interviewed. However, that does not mean it is a bad documentary either. Donovan tells his story like the story teller he is.
People have criticized about how Donovan's pontifical nature is off putting. To me he comes off like a teacher showing those who are interested in him how and what moved him artistically and musically. I have never walked away from any musical documentary and not think the subject had a big ego. You have to have a big ego and a sense of arrogance about yourself in the arts so I was not surprised about some of his posturing.Read more ›
However, I minus one star for an excessively long documentary that doesn't even get to all the albums or at least provide the audience with suitable information about their recordings.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very cool. The story of his life and music is all here, with visuals from every era. I treasure this!Published 9 months ago by Douglas B. Jones
I have watched this film, Sunshine Superman: The Journey of Donovan, in its entirety on more than one occasion. Read morePublished 16 months ago by familyman
On more than one occasion back in the day (and strangely more recently as well) I have had to do battle with the idea that back in the 1960s, back in the time of the now greying (... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Alfred Johnson
another singer that i love!take a special place in my heart with songs like sunny goodge street hey gyp and so many more...i love you man!Published on March 17, 2013 by Jean Touillon
I was hoping to see more of Donovan's early videos, most of which you can find on line. I wanted my own copies, and that is why I bought the DVD. Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Bob's Wife
This is a remarkable documentary. If you've ever been a fan of Donovan, you will enjoy his thoughtful reflection on his career. Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by Up The Stairs
If you are someone who only wants to hear the good I'll get that in first and then you can exit. I was impressed with the musicianship and songwriting of the young Donovan. Read morePublished on May 29, 2010 by C. Robertson
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