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The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3

Van MorrisonAudio CD
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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 (June 19, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Manhattan/EMI
  • ASIN: B000IY0FDA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Cry For Home
2. Too Long In Exile
3. Gloria
4. Help Me
5. Medley: Lonely Avenue/4 O'Clock In the Morning
6. Days Like This
7. Ancient Highway
8. Raincheck
9. Moondance
10. Centerpiece
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Shenandoah
2. Precious Time
3. Back On Top
4. When the Leaves Come Falling Down
5. Lost John
6. Tupelo Honey
7. Meet Me In the Indian Summer
8. Georgia On My Mind
9. Hey Mr. DJ
10. Steal My Heart Away
See all 17 tracks on this disc

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The new 2-CD collection, compiled by Morrison himself, offers a comprehensive overview of his later material. The set's 31 tracks include previously unreleased collaborations with Tom Jones and Bobby Bland, as well as duets with John Lee Hooker, B.B. King and Ray Charles.

Navigating Van Morrison's extensive catalog since 1993 is a formidable task even diehard fans might not want to attempt. The Irish icon has flirted with blues, jazz, country, pop, Celtic, and his own style of indescribable into-the-mystic spiritually-oriented poetic folk on his numerous releases, making for quite a thorny culling assignment. So the EMI brass were probably ecstatic when the singer took the job himself. He weeds through a dozen or so albums released since Volume 2's mile-marker, and adds a clutch of previously unavailable mixes, rarities, and live tracks. The result: a nearly two-and-a-half-hour, 31-track double-disc set as sprawling, eclectic, and tenacious as Morrison's vision and discography. From occasionally rambling but spirited duets with veterans Bobby "Blue" Bland, Junior Wells, Georgie Fame, Lonnie Donegan, B.B. King, the Chieftains, Ray Charles, and even Tom Jones to concert versions of hits such as "Moondance" and an impressive take on Sinatra’s classic "That's Life," along with hidden gems like "Steal My Heart Away," this is a beautifully assembled and sequenced collection. It presents most of this multitalented auteur's facets and softens his often crusty exterior by showing his appreciation for the journeymen that helped develop the trail that Morrison then blazed in his own distinctive style. --Hal Horowitz

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Van Vol 3 a must for your Ipod June 19, 2007
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Fans of Van Morrison will be pleased with this collection in that the song choices were from Van himself.
Those less familiar will find themselves hooked on this well balanced collection of more recent works by Van Morrison including some exceptional duets with the likes of Ray Charles, BB King, Tom Jones, Jim Hunter, Jimmy Witherspoon, the Chieftains, and John Lee Hooker. There are also some notable remastered, live and never before heard selections and some classics from Van's last several releases.
Highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good only Van could have picked the songs July 31, 2007
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You either love or hate Van the Man. Over 40 years he has given the world some of the most heartfelt beautiful music ever recorded. This best of provides a stunning glimpse into the breath and depth of what he is capable of delivering. Showing respect to those who came before him, this collection is absolutely outstanding from start to finish. In the hands of the recording company this offering could have been a diaster. Thanks Van for giving us your gems for this collection.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legend Continues... July 3, 2007
By Bandini
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This 'Best Of' is a must for any Vanatic (Van fan)... but more importantly it is a must for anyone who thinks Van's career ended in the 1970s... all the tracks on "Vol. 3" are from 1993-2005 - Van's later writing and singing are well represented on this compilation and with a superb supporting cast of John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Carl Perkins, Lonnie Donegan, Bobby "Blue" Bland and the great Georgie Fame as they come along for the journey...

Van is still a mighty force in a world that needs more soul and less pop.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Highway June 28, 2007
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Van is his element, you won't hear this almost 9 min track on
any broadcast radio station in the US.
I have quite a few of the tracks on other albums over 60% but
didn't hesitate on this purchase.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock the gypsy in your soul July 3, 2007
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An amazing compilation of Van Morrison's enchanting and haunting melodies. Although I am not a big jazz or blues fan, he has managed to put those two elements together in a way that is a lyrical treat. The melodies are addictive and very catchy. As he has matured, his renditions of some of his earlier works are performed now with more conviction, passion, and confidence than ever before. Van is an extremely talented musician and lyricist that successfully impacts music for the ages. I could listen to Van Morrison 24/7.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Bares His Soul September 21, 2007
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You can tell that Van chose these himself -- by the quality of his performance more than the songs themselves. He's always been about heart and soul -- and these songs deliver. Ancient Highway -- I was on a plane with my iPod the first time I heard it, and listened to it five times all the way through. Sometimes Van doesn't reach the heights/depths of feeling that he's capable of, but when he does, he's incomparable -- a duet with Ray Charles...... a perfect pairing! I've always thought that Van is so sensitive about his business relationships and the non-music related demands his audience sometimes puts on him because he goes so deep and reaches so high -- for us, really. If that's not enough, ain't nothin else he can do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of "The Best of..." August 6, 2007
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I have been a VM fan for years and listen to all of his music. This is the best of his three best of volumes because of the previously unreleased material and somewhat unknown duets with Tom Jones, James Hunter, Bobby Bland, Ray Charles, Carl Perkins, and BB King. It has something for the diehard VM fan as well as the occasional listener.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great selection July 12, 2007
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I won't call this definitive, but the collection's got some previously unreleased and seldom heard numbers that merit the price and hype. This is a very listenable CD that's something you can just stick in the changer and let it play. Definitely worth the money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Still searching.....
I don't really like the songs picked for this cd as well as I thought I would.
Published 1 month ago by Pam L
5.0 out of 5 stars Van is the Man
This is great, Bobby Bland, BB King and Van him self with a great version of Healing Game. For true Van fans, this is a must have.

Jeffry Wilkinson
Published 1 month ago by Jeffry Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can never get enough of Morrison. Just bought another CD.
Published 2 months ago by Suzan E Boyer
3.0 out of 5 stars eclectic selections
This is far from a bad compilation, and yet it's my least favorite of the three "Best Of" Van Morrison collections. For my tastes, there are far too many duets on here. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Van fans
I passed on this when it was released without looking as the track listings. It turns out that much of the CD has tracks that are not from his albums, but rather versions with... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Raymond W. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars VAN LIVES ON
Published 8 months ago by Faye Morford
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF ALL
The best collection of Van yet. Go no further. Put in car cd and drive away to the best ever.
Published 8 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Van at His best
What's not to like about Van Morrison and his music - I have all his CD's and love each and every one.
Published 9 months ago by Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author)
3.0 out of 5 stars not what I was expecting
I would not say it is bad. However it contains many other performers and did not exactly knock my socks off (as other albums of his have).
Published 14 months ago by Raymond Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay
I'm a fan of Van the Man, but this cd is full of live recordings with duets with others that I didn't care for. If your a fan and don't have this one then get it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by bob
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This collection is wack. Best of Van, Vol. 1 = 1 CD. Best of Van, Vol. 2 = 1 CD. Best of Van, Vol. 3 = 2 CDs???? I hate "Best Of" albums that contain live versions and remixes and duets and crap. The real Best of Van Vol. 3 should've been 1 CD full of great album tracks that got left... Read More
May 16, 2007 by Deanokat |  See all 3 posts
Disc One:

"Cry For Home" (with Tom Jones)(previously unreleased)
"Too Long In Exile"
"Gloria" (with John Lee Hooker)
"Help Me" (with Junior Wells) (Live At The Masonic Auditorium)
"Lonely Avenue/4 O'Clock In The Morning/Sooner Or Later/When Will I... Read More
May 24, 2007 by Fred |  See all 2 posts
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