Revered organist Dr Lonnie Smith has shared a vibrant cover of Donovan’s 1966 single “Sunshine Superman” featuring punk icon Iggy Pop.
The pair’s version of “Sunshine Superman” is a lively funk cover complemented by Pop’s low, understated vocals. The track received a psychedelic visualizer containing intergalactic visuals soaked in a palette of rich colors.
The illustrious organist’s single arrives ahead of his Blue Note album Breathe later this month, which serves as a companion piece to his 2018 trio LP All in My Mind. Majority of Breathe was recorded during Smith’s 75th birthday celebration at New York City’s Jazz Standard, the same event that produced All in My Mind.
“I was playing with my trio at Arts Garage in Delray Beach in Florida,” Smith explained in a statement. “Iggy would come by and say he wanted to play with me. I let him play slaperoo and he loved it. He enjoyed playing with us. We thought about recording a few songs, so we went in with my trio backing us up, and it worked.”
Prior to releasing his take on “Sunshine Superman,” Smith released a live recording of “Bright Eyes” as another preview of Breathe.
Breathe will be released on March 26 via Blue Note Records. Listen to Smith and Iggy’s cover of “Sunshine Superman” below: