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Still on Top: The Greatest Hits [Original recording remastered]

Van MorrisonAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)

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The subtitle of Van Morrison's new album, Born to Sing: No Plan B, indicates the power that music still holds for this living legend. "No Plan B means this is not a rehearsal," says Morrison. "That’s the main thing—it’s not a hobby, it’s real, happening now, in real time."

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  • Audio CD (November 6, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B000VWYNOG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gloria
2. Here Comes the Night
3. Brown Eyed Girl
4. Moondance
5. Crazy Love
6. Domino
7. Wild Night
8. Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
9. Warm Love
10. Wavelength
11. Bright Side Of the Road
12. Dweller On the Threshold
13. Tore Down A La Rimbaud
14. In the Garden
15. Someone Like You
16. Have I Told You Lately
17. Real Real Gone
18. Days Like This
19. The Healing Game
20. Precious Time
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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"Van the Man" handpicked and oversaw the mastering of these career-spanning hits--giving his fans the best of the best.

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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sampling from a long and varied career November 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The aggregation of record labels into media conglomerates like Universal is turning out to be both a blessing and a curse. For an artist of Morrison's longevity, it means that a career-spanning retrospective can be assembled without the difficulties of cross-licensing. But doing so in only 21-tracks invariably short-changes important aspects of an artist's career, leaving off some hits (e.g., "Blue Money" and "Come Running") and benchmark album tracks in favor of covering beginning-to-end. On yet another hand, this anthology's producer has done a nice job of selecting tracks that demonstrate the evolution of Morrison's career, and sequencing them in a very palatable flow.

The collection spans Morrison's mid-60s rock with Them, an iconic string of turn-of-the-70s pop-soul hits, '80s ballads, and through to 2005's soulful "Stranded." But in the end, the limited space of a single disc, stretched across 40 years of recording, ends up serving neither Morrison the hit singles artist, nor Morrison the album artiste. In addition to the missing hits named above, key radio tracks ("Mystic Eyes," "Tupelo Honey," and "Into the Mystic") were also omitted, and the holistic sense of landmark albums "Astral Weeks," "Moondance," "Tupelo Honey" and "Wavelength" is left as additional purchase.

That said, what's here is magnificent, starting with the garage staple "Gloria" (a U.S. hit for Chicago's Shadows of Knight, but not for Them) and the impossibly blissful "Brown Eyed Girl." Morrison's voice transforms to a jazz instrument for "Moondance," and the trio of "Domino," "Wild Night," and "Jackie Wilson Said" are among the greatest blue-eyed soul ever committed to record.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly stupendous music. April 22, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Still on Top:Greatest Hits was originally released back in 2007 as a single disc 21 track set. For the more casual fan, it is still IMO the best option to get.

Now in 2008, Van Morrison has seen fit to re-release this set as an expanded 3 disc set with the same title. All of the 21 tracks from the single disc version are here but with the addition of 30 more tremendous tracks. While most die hard Van Morrison fans scoff at the idea of trying to distill his artistry to a compliation of sorts, this new 3 disc set represents the best option for people wanting to dig a lot deeper than the single disc version without having to buy individual albums.

The good part here is that all of the tracks are brilliantly remastered and each CD is almost maxed out close to 80 minutes. Disc One is just shy of 78 minutes, disc two is about 78 1/2 minutes and Disc Three is just shy of 79 minutes. One of my huge gripes when buying greatest hits CD's or anthologies is when they fail to max out the CD (or CD's) as much as they can to 80 minutes. Thankfully they didn't do that here and gave the buyer the absolute most music possible on 3 CD's.

The one thing I thought I would have a problem with is that the CD's aren't sequenced in chronological order. But upon listening to the set it's clear that Van Morrison sequenced each CD with a particular feel/mood in mind. This is most evident on Disc 3 which is very laid back and chilled out in a most relaxing and enjoyable way.

While there have been way too many compilation sets of Van Morrison's stuff over the years, I feel that this is the best one to get for people wanting a really thorough anthology of this legendary artist's long, long career.

For the more casual fan, the 2007 single disc set is still the best option for those seeking more of a lighter sampling of his work.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best As A Compendium For Casual Fans March 22, 2008
Format:Audio CD
What, yet another Van Morrison Greatest Hits assortment? Why do we need this continual barrage? Well, maybe one reason is that everything is remastered but the reason I bought it is that a review in an English music magazine promised some never before released outtakes on disc three. OK, turns out there is just one and that is on disc two. I'd already heard everything else before as I imagine most hardcore Van Morrison fans have, so what this package really amounts to is an excellent compendium for casual fans who think that he faded away in the 1970s.
This three-CD set is filled with undoubtedly great music and the price is very reasonable but like the first reviewer, I can think of many songs that could have been included and some that could easily be omitted. But that brings to mind the point that but for the quality of the remaster, any fan with a fairly comprehensive collection of Van's albums could have slapped this together himself.
Still On Top offers a broad overview of forty years of music, stretching from Morrison's days with Them to albums issued just in the last couple years. Nearly four hours long, it certainly covers a lot of musical territory yet somehow I was left feeling a lack of any real excitement about it.
Despite my slight disappointment, Still On Top: The Greatest Hits will often serve as my Van Morrison fix when I am taking a road trip and can't decide which of his many varied CDs to bring along. And here's an additional thought: Several songs from Moondance are featured here yet the album has never been remastered due reputedly to a dispute between Warner Brothers and Van Morrison. Can this mean a remaster of that classic is imminent? It was not listed in the remastering program included with this set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I lie the man
Very good CD. A must have for any collection .
Published 8 days ago by Robert Prill
5.0 out of 5 stars Hi I am very pleased with the item Still on Top Greatest Hits
Hi I am very pleased with the item Still on Top Greatest Hits. Excellent value for money. I will be buying again. Angie
Published 9 days ago by Angie Grogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific compilation
Excellent compilation of Van's work spanning a generation. I let all 3 discs play in a multi disc player and thoroughly enjoy the hours of beautiful music by a true master
Published 10 days ago by realdude
4.0 out of 5 stars another great recording, just as
another great recording, just as advertised
Published 20 days ago by Buttercup
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Head Over Heels For Van Morrison!
Still on top...yes, he is! Not a bad cut on the entire CD. When most think of Van Morrison, they think of "Moondance" or "Brown Eyed Girl. Read more
Published 20 days ago by A's Mum-Mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Van is still on top!
Wonderful compilation of tunes! Sound quality very good.
Published 22 days ago by Lori A. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great box set for a great price!
Published 25 days ago by Elizabeth Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoying this music.
Published 29 days ago by Kathleen Cochran
5.0 out of 5 stars Van the Man
Great version of his Best Songs.
Published 1 month ago by Goodn2000
3.0 out of 5 stars We thought it would be a little better. We think he would be better if...
We thought it would be a little better. We think he would be better if he was one of a group of entertainers. There are some songs that he hits on the head.
Published 1 month ago by Mary S.
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