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Bang Masters [Original recording reissued]

Van MorrisonAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 26, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: February 26, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027GX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There's a striking tension at work in these 18 tracks, which represent Van Morrison's first solo recordings. Conducted in New York in 1967 when the 21-year-old Morrison was formulating the spectral notions that took shape on the classic Astral Weeks, these sessions were helmed by hit-minded producer Bert Berns. Berns, who'd written and produced a successful single ("Here Comes the Night") for Morrison's old band, Them, came up with another worthy radio-friendly number with "Brown Eyed Girl." That oldies staple is an anomaly here, however. More representative is the diseased nine-minute-plus vamp "T.B. Sheets" and a couple of songs that turned up in more fluid form on Astral Weeks--"Beside You" and "Madame George." The latter two in nascent form are nearer to Morrison's gritty R&B roots than the dreamy, introspective path he'd soon explore. Bang Masters may be the work of a yearning visionary as reluctant pop star, but the friction feels right. --Steven Stolder

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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive early Van April 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Van Morrison's early transitional recordings (between leaving Them in 1967 and signing with Warner Bros. in 1968) have been packaged and repackaged many times, four of them through Sony Music alone (this disc, "T.B. Sheets" in 1990, "Blowin' Your Mind!"--which was the original--in '95 and again in '98, and the "Super Hits" budget compilation). Of these now-redundant rehashes, "Bang Masters" is by far the most complete, and therefore the definitive collection, let no one tell you differently. The liner notes say that, at the time of the CD's release (in early '91), this was the fourth repackaging of the Bang Records sessions. One dares not consider all the imports from small European and Asian labels.
One of the reasons I chose this one was because it had the complete "Brown-Eyed Girl" (unlike the inexplicable single edit on "T.B. Sheets," wherein "Making love in the green grass" was replaced by "Laughin' and a-runnin', hey hey"). As I have a copy of "Astral Weeks" (also highly recommended), I thought it would be fun to hear the original versions of "Madame George" and "Beside You," as well. The version of "Madame George" presented here sounds like a Johnny Rivers track (and Rivers would cover Van's "Into the Mystic" in 1970), but has an extra verse left out of the "Astral Weeks" version of the song. (In trying to learn this song on guitar, I actually went to the trouble of learning the extra verse from the first version while playing like the second, jazzier version.) "T.B. Sheets" is an absolutely riveting track--Van nervously edging towards the door while Julie, his terminally ill girlfriend, begs him to stay and keep her company.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By J. Wade
Format:Audio CD
Since so many others have written quite well of the origins of these sessions, I won't rehash that. I simply wanted to say that these are excellent songs and the liner notes in this collection are concise in explaining the fact that Van did not intend for these songs to end up as an album by any title.
As it turned out, producer Bert Burns died and Van left Bang records through an escape "key man" clause. So that is why there have been endless repackagings of the 21 or 22 tracks that exist. "T.B. Sheets" is the most fascinating song in the Van Morrison collection as far as I'm concerned. It's almost like something Edgar Allan Poe or William Blake might have written had their art been music. The rest of the collection is a snapshot of the mindset of a 21 year old legend-in-the-making.
My only complaint with this album is the inclusion of an alternate version of "He Ain't Give You None". The better version appeared on the "T.B.Sheets" vinyl version. Presumably, that is also the version that Sony put on the CD, but I do not know. The other version is a more sinister reading, and the lyrics are altered slightly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Packaging of Van's Bang Material September 21, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Anyone interested in the work of Van Morrison is aware that Van recorded this material without planning for a studio album. Ironically, this work has been rereleased over and over again on one rip-off album after another. This is the only release that deserves merit. Historically, these recordings provide interesting insight into the way Van developed from the soulful pop/rock of Them into the stream-of-consciousness jazz/folk of "Astral Weeks". "T.B. Sheets" and the seminal "Brown Eyed Girl" stand out, but such lesser-known songs as "Spanish Rose" and "Joe Harper Saturday Morning" are what make this collection really enjoyable. Add the rarely heard "Chick-a-Boom",the original versions of "Beside You" and "Madame George", and an alternate take of "Brown Eyed Girl" and you get an important piece of music history. Avoid all other repackaging of this material!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars George Ivan goes solo October 24, 2004
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This collection of Bang Records digitally remixed and remastered (a relatively unusual ADD disc... and no, that doesn't mean "attention deficit disordered") studio recordings from 1967 represents George Ivan Morrison's fledgling foray into a solo career. Morrison had his initial success with Ireland's Them in 1965 and 1966, scoring hits with 'Mystic Eyes' (number 33 on the national charts in December, 1965), and 'Baby Please Don't Go', which featured Jimmy Page playing a lead solo, and an even more famous 'b' side, 'Gloria', which the Shadows of Knight parlayed into a Top Ten hit. For Morrison and Bang Records, the more critical Them accomplishment was the Bert Berns penned hit 'Here Comes the Night' (#24 in June of 1965). Berns became a producer for Bang Records in the United States, and when Morrison broke with Them, Berns was able to pair him with a group of studio session men for a collection of hopeful singles.

The results of the sessions was an eclectic mix of standard 1960's pop (songs such as 'Spanish Rose' and 'Chick-A-Boom'), favored by Berns, and cutting edge rhythm and blues favored by an evolving Morrison (songs such as 'T.B. Sheets' and two songs that would grace his first major album, 'Astral Weeks', early versions of 'Beside You' and 'Madame George'). The most notable song emerging from the sessions was Morrison's all-time best selling single, 'Brown Eyed Girl'. This disc offers the uncensored (incorporating the lyric "making love in the green grass", which was too risque for 1967's airwaves) version of 'Brown Eyed Girl', and an altogether wonderful alternate take of the track, which runs a half-minute longer than the standard version, and has a noticably altered melody.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bang Masters sucked
There is only one worthwhile song on this album- Brown Eyed Girl, which is excellent. But hey, It was his first album.
Published 5 months ago by imelda pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Van
Love all four of my CDs can't wait to buy the $35 one van is a amazing man lov lov
Published 6 months ago by Cierra adamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Morrison what else can I say
I have liked Van Morrison since back when he was with the group Them. This a very good album, I purchased this album and his newest album Born to Sing: No Plan B, which is also... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Snoozer
5.0 out of 5 stars jill n
The more I listen to this the more I really like the songs, my taste for his music grows bigger and bigger with more music of his that I purchase
Published 22 months ago by jill
3.0 out of 5 stars The big Bang is a little chaotic
There have been several versions of Van Morrison's Bang Masters. This is the legitimate version. The one true classic here is "Brown Eyed Girl" but the rest of the album is an... Read more
Published on November 15, 2011 by J. Bynum
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to buy --
Ignore all other releases of his "Bang" material: this is all of it one needs, and excellently mastered.
Published on December 6, 2009 by JNagarya
5.0 out of 5 stars Seduced
I'm sitting on the couch, looking out through the living room window at the ocean a block away, when Bang Masters (side 2) starts coming through the speakers. Read more
Published on September 2, 2009 by S. Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang Masters Rocks with the Blues
Having followed Van Morrison for years, I have to say that "Bang Masters" is my favorite of his albums. There are just so many smoky blues songs on this album that bend your mind. Read more
Published on January 5, 2009 by Susan S.~
1.0 out of 5 stars Only for hardcore Van fans
Sorry for offending any Van Morrison die hards but I was disappointed in this album. My disclaimer is that I'm a novice Van Morrison fan - having only purchased Moondance until I... Read more
Published on November 24, 2003 by TomKat
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