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Story of Them Featuring Van Morrison

ThemAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 13, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000003TWA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Story Of Them (Parts 1 & 2)
2. Don't Start Crying Now
3. Gloria
4. Philosophy
5. One Two Brown Eyes
6. Baby Please Don't Go
7. Here Comes The Night
8. All For Myself
9. One More Time
10. Little Girl
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. How Long Baby
2. (It Won't Hurt) Half As Much
3. Something You Got
4. Call My Name
5. Turn On Your Lovelight
6. I Put A Spell On You
7. I Got A Woman
8. Out Of Sight
9. It's All Over Now Baby Blue
10. Bad Or Good
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Product Description

Disc: 1 1. Story of Them, Pt. 1 & 2 2. Don't Start Crying Now 3. Gloria 4. Philosophy 5. One Two Brown Eyes 6. Baby Please Don't Go 7. Here Comes the Night 8. All for Myself 9. One More Time 10. Little Girl 11. I Gave My Love a Diamond 12. Go on Home Baby 13. My Little Baby 14. Mystic Eyes 15. Don't Look Back 16. If You and I Could Be as Two 17. I Like It Like That 18. I'm Gonna Dress in Black 19. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 20. Just a Little Bit 21. You Just Can't Win 22. Bright Lights, Big City 23. Baby, What You Want Me to Do 24. I'm Gonna Dress in Black [Alternate Mix] 25. One More Time [Alternate Stereo Mix] 26. Little Girl [Alternate Version] Disc: 2 1. How Long Baby 2. It Won't Hurt (Half as Much) 3. Something You Got 4. Call My Name 5. Turn on Your Lovelight 6. I Put a Spell on You 7. I Got a Woman 8. Out of Sight 9. It's All over Now, Baby Blue 10. Bad or Good 11. Hello Josephine 12. Don't You Know 13. Hey Girl 14. Bring 'Em on In 15. Time's Gettin' Tougher Than Tough 16. Stormy Monday 17. Friday's Child 18. Richard Cory 19. My Lonely Sad Eyes 20. I Can Only Give You Everything 21. Could You Would You 22. Bring 'Em on In [Alternate Version] 23. Richard Cory [Alternate Version] 24. Call My Name [Alternate Single Version]

Unlike nearly all of their Brit Invasion brethren, there never was a Them reunion. For at least a couple of good reasons: Lead vocalist Van Morrison's fame as a solo artist quickly transcended the acclaim he earned as a bandleader. Then, too, Them didn't really have a solid, identifiable lineup to reanimate. The ever-in-flux Belfast-based ensemble nevertheless ranks with the Animals and the Rolling Stones as fine purveyors of bullish, non-American '60s rhythm and blues. The Story of Them is the definitive account of the short-lived outfit. Fifty remarkably consistent tracks are spread out over two discs, including R&B standards ("Stormy Monday," "Turn on Your Lovelight," "I Got a Woman") and Morrison originals that laid the groundwork for his early live repertoire ("Gloria," "Mystic Eyes"). Other highlights include a powerhouse version of "Baby Please Don't Go" (with Jimmy Page soloing), fearless takes on Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (Beck fans will recognize the sample that turns up on Odelay) and Paul Simon's "Richard Cory." Morrison's grown-up work is unassailable, but there's much to be said for what he accomplished as a snot-nosed rocker. --Steven Stolder

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104 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THEY SELF DESTRUCTED BUT THEY WERE GREAT December 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
You would not believe just how bad the music scene in Ireland was during the sixties. While the UK and USA had R&B groups we in the South had showbands and massive dance halls controlled by the Church. In Northern Ireland the halls were smaller but were not controlled by the Catholic Church but as every thing was closed on Sunday weekends were somewhat limited. However they had "THEM" one of the best R&B bands ever but the people of Northern Ireland were not over impressed by their good fortune.
The problem was that the band was not popular in Belfast, their hometown, because of resentment due to the rate at which personnel changed. During performances the audience threw pennies at the band members ... a way of showing displeasure.
Things in the studio were not much better and rumour has it that band members other than Van Morrison never played on the early singles and that musical backing was supplied by "Zoot Money and His Big Roll Band" (may not be exact name). Apparently "Mystic Eyes" one of the best recordings ever made by Them happened by accident ... the band turned up for a session with no prepared material and while they were engaged in an argument about who's fault it was (a bit like Spinal Tap) Van took out his Harmonica and started playing with some unknown musicians jamming in the background and fortunately the engineer had left the tape running. Music historians may claim that all the above is nothing but urban myth but I did see the band in action and can confirm that they lived up to their reputation.
Them were booked to perform in the Stella Ballroom in Mount Merrion.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing music....but there's a number of MAJOR errors December 1, 2005
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Read the other reviews...most are spot on, but there's some problems with this reissue.

5 of the tracks are horribly rechanneled with "stereo" percussion on one channel that was added for a 1970's US Parrot 2-LP set:

"Mystic Eyes"

"Don't Look Back"

"I Like It Like That"

"Route 66"

"Little Girl" (alternate)

None of these bits of percussion are on the original mono versions and since all of the above tracks are rechanneled, you can see the error (who at US London back then allowed this to happen?...and why are all of the subsequent reissues containing these songs using these horrible rechanneled "stereo" versions??)

Also, there are an additional 5 tracks that are rechanneled for stereo:

"Turn On Your Love Light"

"Times Gettin' Tougher Than Tough"

"Stormy Monday"

"My Lonely Sad Eyes"

"I Can Only Give You Everything"

"Stormy Monday" and "Times Gettin' Tougher Than Tough" have always been rechanneled, but the other three were only issued this way on the US Parrot "Them Again" vinyl LP and nowhere else in the world. Even the "Them Again" CD from the 1990's had these three in mono.

The remainder of the tracks are either clean mono or terrific stereo.

Oh yea, finally, "Philosophy", an amazing and obscure track, was recorded at the same stereo session as "Gloria" and "One Two Brown Eyes", yet it's mono here. That, too, is a disappointment.

So...everything good about this 2-CD set written above is right, but these errors are very annoying and you have a right to know up front.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have August 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"Them" is basically Van Morrison. This two-CD album contains a compilation of his music from his early days, when he was playing with Them. It is heavily blues influenced, but a lot of the music is also very upbeat and fast paced. The songs are a lot of fun to listen to, and Van Morrison's voice is well-utilized in this genre of music--indeed, the power of his voice makes the music. If you like Van's early music, such as the compilation Bang Masters, then you should love this. You've already heard Van's early hits -- many of which are here -- but this album should really be bought for those songs which SHOULD have been hits, but for some reason didn't make it. Yes, it is pricey, but I do believe it is worth it for any Van fan.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This 2 CD compilation of Van Morrison's Them at first sight seem to contain everything a fan of Morrison's early recordings with the various incarnations of his band "Them" could wish for.

The music is digitally remastered and the large majority of the tracks sound great. All the group's singles, their two albums, their EP-tracks - in short everything seems to have been to be included - with one single exception: My favorite track from the 1976 collection "Rock Roots" - "Mighty Like a Rose" is not here. Is this an oversight? No, the notes can tell that "the demo "Mighty Like a Rose" has been excluded from this album". I wonder if Morrison himself has decided that this should be left out - justifying it by calling it a demo? It can be difficult to see logic in this - the sound "Roots Rock" is definitely good - better than several of the other tracks on that album. I think the song is among the best Morrison wrote to the group, and his vocals are top notch. Could there be something in the lyrics which makes him feel embarrased? I find the lyrics somewhat akin to the classic "Brown Eyed Girl".

Well, no more of the deficiencies. This really is a nice release, and Them recorded along with The Pretty Things, The Animals and the Rolling Stones some the best r&b music which was released in Britain in the mid-Sixties.

Most famous probably are "Gloria," "Mystic Eyes" and "Here Comes the Night" - but most of what is here is of very high quality and no songs could be called outright weak. Morrison's vocals are in themselves a scoop - especially on melodic blues ballads like "One More Time," "I Gave My Love a Diamond", "If You and I Could Be As Two", "I'm Gonna Dress in Black, "" You Just Can not Win "and" My Lonely Sad Eyes ".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Van Morrison CD
If you really want to know where Van's roots come from this is the CD for you. Great songs and very well recorded and packaged.
Published 4 months ago by Julio in Denver
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the Them album to get
s far as I can tell, it's a near complete overview of the recordings Van Morrison did with the band. Beware of the later recordings; they do not feature Van, so do not count. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Chad Howard Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Story of Them Featuring Van Morrison
He was cruel even then!
Just listen to "I put a spell on you" and you know what I mean!
Published 12 months ago by Anders Holmberg
5.0 out of 5 stars old but not backdated
this is a cd that was on my list for a long time buit was hard to get. It's all the work of one of the most important / best bands from the sicties, or rather one of the best... Read more
Published 14 months ago by P.J.J.M.Beckers
5.0 out of 5 stars please re-release all of "Them"s cds!!!
this is the best compilation of Van and "Them" you are ever going to find--it needs to be re-released in both mono and true stereo(not fake stereo please). Read more
Published 19 months ago by bill renek
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Collection
Highly under-rated Irish band from early-mid 60's. These records are only still in print and re-issued due to Morrison's massive post-Them carrer. Read more
Published on June 23, 2012 by Bach
5.0 out of 5 stars great find
This is a forgotten classic, who knew that Van Morrison was actually part of THEM. To find this on Amazon via another Audio store was brilliant. Read more
Published on May 5, 2012 by joboco
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
Going by the tracks listed here, we have almost everything Them did.
Three missing tracks would be an alternative of 'I Gave My Love a Diamond' the album version of 'Little... Read more
Published on January 14, 2012 by Bernard J. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring back the Acne.
I have not heard any of this stuff since High School. Great nostalgia jams.
Published on October 17, 2010 by Jackpine
5.0 out of 5 stars With the fury
This 2 cd collection is an absolute treasure. I could not find ANY "Them" material ANYWHERE Including major used record stores like Amoeba & Rasputin and I really wasn't sure what... Read more
Published on August 1, 2010 by B. pierce
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unfortunately batch #3 was supposed to come out in september...cancelled...bath #3 was supposed to come out again in Jan. cancelled...but amazon never put them up so i'm thinking maybe it was never official...i got cancelled from Van Morrison's website they claim the label no longer has the... Read More
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