Donovan set for 2012 induction into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s induction of Donovan is a well-deserved acknowledgement of the iconic Scottish troubadour’s unique and enduring body of work, which continues to shine bright half a century after he began his musical career.

When he first emerged as an acoustic folkie in the early 1960s, Donovan Leitch was widely regarded as Britain’s answer to Bob Dylan. But the iconoclastic singer-songwriter-guitarist quickly proved himself to be a one-of-a-kind artist, with a singular musical persona and a vivid, visionary songwriting style that meshed perfectly with the adventurous spirit of the psychedelic age. Donovan’s ethereal songcraft and idealistic, optimistic spirit captured the hearts of fans on both sides of the Atlantic, with Donovan emerging as one of a small handful of best-selling ’60s album artists who was also a regular presence on the pop singles charts.

Donovan made his artistic and commercial breakthrough with his 1966 LP Sunshine Superman (available from Sundazed in a meticulously restored mono vinyl edition). It was on that album that he unveiled the exotic, inventive instrumental arrangements and playfully phantasmagorical lyrical imagery that would provide the foundation for his output over the next five years. That remarkable period produced such classic albums as Mellow Yellow, The Hurdy Gurdy Man, Barabajagal and the ambitious double LP A Gift from a Flower to a Garden, which spawned such hits as “Mellow Yellow,” “There Is a Mountain,” “Wear Your Love Like Heaven,” “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” “Jennifer Juniper,” “Season of the Witch” and “Atlantis.”

That series of albums—recorded with legendary producer Mickie Most and such stellar players as Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones—saw Donovan evolve and develop at a dizzying pace, becoming one of the first British artists to embrace the experimental attitude of the emerging generation of American psychedelic bands, while also exploring elements of jazz, blues and Eastern music and spirituality.

Although his chart momentum slowed in the ’70s, Donovan has continued to make distinctive, deeply felt music that lives up to his stature as one of the most respected and beloved artists of his era.

Get Donovan’s Sunshine Superman LP on Sundazed!

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January 2012 releases now available for pre-order

Sundazed is proud to present this series of limited edition compact disc counterparts to some of our best-selling vinyl titles.

Each of these discs replicate the albums just as you remember them: with superior sound from the original masters and with precise recreations of the original artwork.

Each of these titles will ship to arrive to you on our street date of January 31, 2012.


Chocolate Watch Band – No Way Out CD

 

 

Chocolate Watch Band – The Inner Mystique CD

 

 

Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum MONO Edition CD

 

 

Blue Cheer – Outsideinside CD

 

 

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Al Peluso, Counts IV guitarist

We’ve just learned that our pal Al Peluso (lead guitarist of the great Counts IV) passed away in October. Al was a good friend to us here at Sundazed – we’ll sure miss him. Happily, Al’s great, fuzzy, garage guitar sound will LIVE ON…

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Happy Birthday, Gene Clark…

…proud to have called you our friend, proud to carry on your legacy.

View all the Gene Clark titles on Sundazed here. 

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Howard Berkman

We’re very, very sad to learn of our friend Howard Berkman’s recent passing… Howard was the mighty leader, singer and songwriter of DUNWICH RECORDS legends, THE KNAVES. What a wonderfully wild talent… He’ll certainly be missed. And we will do our very best to carry on his legacy.

Experience THE KNAVES sound HERE.

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Just walk to the WFMU Record Fair to Meet George Cameron of the Left Banke!


On Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 PM, George Cameron, founding member of the Left Banke, will be visiting the Sundazed Music booth (B14 & B15) at the world-renowned WFMU Record Fair, at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., between 6th and 7th Avenues. He’ll be greeting fans and signing copies of Sundazed’s CD and LP reissues of the Left Banke’s beloved ’60s albums Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina and The Left Banke Too. The Sundazed crew will also be out in force, dispensing the usual bounty of irresistible vinyl and CD goodies to voracious music junkies, so come on down and say hello!

Check out the Left Banke on Sundazed HERE!

 

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