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Album Review

Anyone who's followed Van Morrison's career knows that Sony has the rights to the recordings he made for Bang — in other words, one album plus outtakes. Since part of the reason the Collections series is such a success for the label is that they stick to what's in the vaults — it cuts their costs considerably to rely on what they already own — Sony's options are pretty limited here. So, it isn't much of a surprise that what they come up with is essentially Morrison's debut, Blowin' Your Mind!, minus two songs (the notorious "T.B. Sheets" and "Who Drove the Red Sports Car"), plus a selection of four highlights from the session outtakes ("The Back Room," "It's All Right," "Chick-A-Boom," "Madame George"). In other words, there are no hits here outside of "Brown Eyed Girl," although this is still very good music.

Biography

Born: 31 August 1945 in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Equal parts blue-eyed soul shouter and wild-eyed poet-sorcerer, Van Morrison is among popular music's true innovators, a restless seeker whose incantatory vocals and alchemical fusion of R&B, jazz, blues, and Celtic folk produced perhaps the most spiritually transcendent body of work in the rock & roll canon. Subject only to the whims of his own muse, his recordings cover extraordinary stylistic ground yet retain a consistency and purity virtually unmatched among his contemporaries, connected...
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