US release date:
Mar 01, 1967
LN 24239

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Track list

Disc 1


Mellow Yellow

Written by Donovan

3:47 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Clap & giggle (uncredited)
Donovan :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
John Paul Jones :
Arrangement, Bass guitar
Danny Moss :
Ronnie Ross :
Bobby Orr :
Mickie Most :

Session Recording:
Early October 1966
Studio :
Trident Studios, London, UK


Writer in the Sun

4:33 • Studio version


Sand and Foam

3:19 • Studio version


The Observation

2:23 • Studio version


Bleak City Woman

2:24 • Studio version


House of Jansch

2:43 • Studio version


Young Girl Blues

3:45 • Studio version



2:54 • Studio version


Hampstead Incident

4:41 • Studio version


Sunny South Kensington

3:48 • Studio version


From Wikipedia:

Mellow Yellow is the fourth album from British singer-songwriter Donovan. It was released in the US in March 1967 (Epic Records LN 24239 (monaural) / BN 26239 (rechanneled stereo), but not released in the UK because of a continuing contractual dispute that also prevented Sunshine Superman from a UK release. In June 1967, a cross-section of both albums was released as Sunshine Superman (Pye Records NPL 18181) in the UK. “Mellow Yellow” was the name of Donovan’s hit single released the previous November.

The songs on Mellow Yellow represent a transition in Donovan’s writing. Donovan’s songs had previously illustrated his infatuation with an ability to define the mid-sixties pop music scene. On Mellow Yellow this is still evident in “Sunny South Kensington”, “Museum” (originally recorded for the Sunshine Superman album and rerecorded for Mellow Yellow) and the title track, but is also tempered with world-weary observations of that scene (“Young Girl Blues”). The contractual problems that prevented the release of Donovan’s music in the UK led him to write such songs as the resigned “Writer in the Sun”, where he contemplates the possibility of his own forced retirement from the music industry at the age of 20.

Mickie Most’s production and the arrangements of John Paul Jones accommodate these two divergent traits of Donovan’s songwriting throughout Mellow Yellow. The peppier songs feature a diverse selection of instruments similar to Sunshine Superman and helped make a top 10 hit out of the title track on both sides of the Atlantic. The introspective ruminations feature sparse instrumentation that highlights Donovan’s guitar playing, singing, and lyrics.

On Mellow Yellow, Donovan gave a nod to his friend Bert Jansch on “House of Jansch”, marking the third Donovan album in a row that paid tribute to the British folk personage.

John Cameron played blues piano, harpsichord, and undertook arrangements.

Paul McCartney provided background vocals on at least one of the tracks. He is uncredited for his work.

Last updated on October 21, 2019

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