Season of the Witch (song)

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"Season of the Witch"
Song by Donovan from the album Sunshine Superman
Released September 1966 (USA)
Recorded May 1966, Columbia Studios, Hollywood, California, U.S.
Genre Psychedelic rock, acid rock
Length 4:56
Label Epic
Writer Donovan Leitch
Producer Mickie Most

"Season of the Witch" is an early example of psychedelic rock, written by Donovan[1] and first released in September 1966 on his Epic Records (USA) album, Sunshine Superman.

Background and recording[edit]

Although originally written and recorded by Donovan, in the United Kingdom a cover version by The Pandamonium was released as a single in November 1966 (CBS 202462),[2] while Donovan's version was finally released in June 1967 on the Pye Records compilation Sunshine Superman.[citation needed] (The song was never released as a single but it became a very popular song with fans, enough so that Donovan himself played it live more than most of his other hits.)

The recording features Bobby Ray on bass and "Fast" Eddie Hoh on drums.[3] The hauntingly eerie guitar is provided by Jimmy Page, then a noted session guitarist working in England.

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by many artists:

Background music in television and film[edit]


The song's title has been reused for three films:

Season of the Witch was also used as a working title for three different films:

It is also used as the title of four books:

The song title inspired record producer Joe Boyd to name his company Witchseason Productions.[citation needed]


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