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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 Super Hits 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." Granted, that's his biggest hit, but casual listeners who buy a collection called Super Hits will likely expect a little more than one hit. However, this particular Super Hits contains nothing but Bang material. Although this is very good music, it's largely of interest to collectors who will prefer to own either the official debut or the exhaustive single-disc compilation Bang Masters. Casual fans would be better off with Mercury's The Best of Van Morrison. It may cost a bit more, but it has more of what they're looking for.

Customer Reviews

I concur with my esteemed colleagues

While I'm glad to see more of Van the Man's work available, not having 'Into the Mystic' and 'Tupelo Honey' is like buying the Bible and finding the gospels or Revelation torn out. Ok, I exaggerate, but I'm finding it harder and harder to maintain my loyalty to Apple and Itunes. I would ask Apple/Itunes to please offer the above mentioned selections, there's obviously a market for it. Thank you.

No Tupelo Honey

iTunes....wise up....Van has a half dozen better albums than some of the 20 or so that you guys picked ......and there's no excuse for leaving out Tupelo Honey

Merely an OK selection

Brown Eyed Girl is probably Van's best-known song, but there are so many hits that have been missed. What about Wild Nights, Caravan and Domino? Strangely, iTunes doesn't carry one of Van's best albums "Tupelo Honey" (and it's very hard to find anywhere on the Internet).


Born: August 31, 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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