Lady of the Stars

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Lady of the Stars
Studio album by Donovan
Released January 1984
Recorded 1983
Genre folk
Length 38:39
Label RCA (UK)
Allegiance Records (US)
Producer Donovan Leitch
Donovan chronology
Love Is Only Feeling
(Germany, 1981)
Lady of the Stars
(1984)
Rising
(1990)
Reissue
Till I See You Again
Reissue
Sunshine Superman (1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Lady of the Stars is the seventeenth studio album, and nineteenth album overall, from British singer-songwriter Donovan. It was released in the UK (RCA PL 70060) and the US (Allegiance Records AV 437) in January 1984.

History[edit]

By 1983, Donovan's albums were receiving little distribution in the UK and none in the US. His popularity had steadily decreased throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, and mainstream record companies were not convinced that Donovan's albums could generate enough record sales to warrant release. Donovan decided that to win over the record companies and reach his American and British fans, he would record new versions of both "Sunshine Superman" and "Season of the Witch" for inclusion on his next album. Both songs were released on the Sunshine Superman album in 1966 and Donovan's Greatest Hits in 1969. The name recognition of these two songs would give the record companies marketing leverage and guarantee release.

In addition to "Sunshine Superman" and "Season of the Witch", Donovan updated three other songs from his canon. Two of these songs, "Lady of the Stars" (written for Donovan's wife Linda Lawrence) and "Local Boy Chops Wood" (written about Brian Jones) were originally released on Donovan in 1977. The other song, "Boy for Every Girl" was released on his 1973 album Essence to Essence. Donovan also included five new songs and titled the album Lady of the Stars for his wife Linda.

Although Lady of the Stars was released directly through RCA in the UK, the company did not distribute the album in the US. Allegiance Records did pick up the album, however, and it became the first Donovan album to receive a US release since Donovan in 1977.

Guest appearances on this album include Graham Nash, Pete Carr, Jim Horn, Bonnie Bramlett, Wilton Felder, and Dave Mason.

Reissues[edit]

Lady of the Stars has been the focus of many CD reissues since its original release. The reissues sometimes feature a different track order, and the album has rarely gone under its original title. One of the reissues even has the name Sunshine Superman, yet has little in common with the 1966 album Sunshine Superman.

  • Wonderful Music of Donovan (contains tracks from Lady of the Stars) (Remember Records 1993, Wonderful Music 1996)
  • Till I See You Again, released in July 1994 (Success 22534CD).
  • Sunshine Superman, released November 29, 1994 (Charly Records CDCD 1206). Shuffled track order. The album cover is from the same photo session as Donovan's 1967 album Wear Your Love Like Heaven.
  • Golden Hits, (original track order) released February 23, 1996 (Masters Music MACD 61075-2, Holland/Intercontinental Records 1075, US).[2]
  • Sunshine Superman, released June 3, 1997, (Remember Records). Same track order as Charly Records release.
  • Forever Gold, rel. January 18, 2000, St. Clair Records, St. Clair 5818[3]
  • Golden Tracks, August 22, 2000 (Cleopatra 852)[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Donovan Leitch.

Original album[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Lady of the Stars" – 4:37
  2. "I Love You Baby" – 3:28
  3. "Bye, Bye Girl" – 3:22
  4. "Every Reason" – 3:05
  5. "Season of the Witch" – 5:27

Side two[edit]

  1. "Boy for Every Girl" – 4:39
  2. "Local Boy Chops Wood" – 3:29
  3. "Sunshine Superman" – 4:06
  4. "Living for the Love Light" – 3:44
  5. "Till I See You Again" – 3:14

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