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The Essential Van Morrison

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This comprehensive anthology of one of the Emerald Isle's most soulful singers hits the high points of Van Morrison’s five-decade-long artistic evolution. The growling garage-rock glory of “Gloria,” the flowing folk-jazz epiphany of “Astral Weeks,” the joyously swinging, brass-bedazzled R&B of “Jackie Wilson Said”—it’s all here, plus plenty more. From stone-cold classics to dreamy deep cuts, it's an unprecedented opportunity to follow Van the Man’s path to the mountaintop, step by soul-slathered step.

Customer Reviews

FINALLY!!!!

I would much prefer a release of Tupelo Honey…that being said, WHERE HAS THIS BEEN?! I bought my first CD in years (this album) because I was sick to death of waiting for iTunes to release it. I don’t usually buy greatest hits albums (in lieu of the the actual album) but I felt I must. Buy this. You will not regret it. Even if you’re not a fan, you’ll discover you really are…it’s impossible not to be, he covers every genre, every type of music. This isn’t rock, it’s something like soul mishmashed with folk, blues, creole, everything. Beautiful.

TIMELESS and CLASSIC VAN

Absolutely a MUST for the Van Morrison fans! Flawless and smooth. An amazing collection of masterpieces that is classic for all time!

Van the Man

So good it made my eyes rain!

Biography

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 by...
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