Similar artists



Rock - Released June 1, 2010 | Purple Pyramid Records

Purple Pyramid's Essential Van Morrison is comprised of the (much compiled) recordings Morrison made for Bang! after his split from Them. Teaming with Brill Building vet producer Bert Berns, Morrison's wild-eyed lyricism is often a tight fit with Berns' straight-ahead commercial sound (see the silly but fun "Chick-a-Boom" for an example). Still a number of great songs can be found here, including the all-time great "Brown Eyed Girl," "The Back Room," "He Ain't Give You None," and "Ro Ro Rosey." Early versions of tracks from Astral Weeks, "Madame George" and "T.B. Sheets," also appear. Despite Van's objections to being a pop artist, the conflict between the two styles makes for some very interesting and invigorating listening. These sessions aren't vital to the casual Morrison fan, but anyone whose love of the man goes beyond the hits needs to add these to their collection. The best place to go is Legacy's Bang Masters as it is a legitimate and well-mastered set that includes all the songs from the sessions. This collection for some reason only has 12 of the 18 and to make matters worse has two horrifying dance mixes tacked on: a drum'n'bass mix of "Brown Eyed Girl" and a dubby version of "Spanish Rose." ~ Tim Sendra


Van Morrison in the magazine