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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 (February 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Manhattan Records
  • ASIN: B000KQF748
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,642 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gloria - (Them)
2. Baby Please Don't Go - (Them)
3. Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
4. Domino
5. Moondance (live) previously unreleased version
6. Queen Of The Slipstream
7. Wild Night
8. Caravan (live)
9. Wonderful Remark
10. Brown Eyed Girl (re-recorded)
11. Days Like This
12. Into the Mystic (live)
13. Hungry For Your Love
14. Someone Like You
15. Bright Side Of The Road
16. Have I Told You Lately
17. Real Real Gone
18. Irish Heartbeat (w/Chieftains)
19. Comfortably Numb (live)Recorded live at the Berlin Wall in 1990 with Roger Waters

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Van Morrison's music plays a role in many of modern cinema's most cherished films. 19 of these tracks are collected here for the first time. Includes the Pink Floyd cover "Comfortably Numb" currently featured in Martin Scorcese's The Departed. Van Morrison has sold over 15 million records in the U.S. alone. Furthermore, there are currently no other Van Morrison hits packages in the consumer marketplace.

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If Hollywood's marriage with pop music is too often a marketing-driven shotgun affair, there remain musicians whose artistry can't help but elevate whatever film project they're associated with. This 19-track compendium underscores that notion, gathering a career-spanning collection of the Irish rock-R&B legend's contributions to an eclectic body of films that stretches from Pope of Greenwich Village's effusive early solo hit "Jackie Wilson Said" to the unlikely live collaboration with Roger Waters on "Comfortably Numb" that seasons Martin Scorsese's Oscar-nominated The Departed. The collection serves as a concise primer to the high points of Van Morrison's mercurial career, from the gritty career-breakout hits ("Gloria," "Baby Please Don't Go") of his British Invasion band Them through such early solo touchstones as "Wild Night," "Brown Eyed Girl," "Domino," and the collection's fine, previously unreleased live version of "Moondance" from An American Werewolf in London. But, as tracks like "Wonderful Remark," "Bright Side of the Road," "Someone Like You," and his Chieftains collaboration "Irish Heartbeat" ably argue, it's also an invitation to explore less heralded, if equally seductive, corners of the singer's rich oeuvre. --Jerry McCulley

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Buy the CD just for the song.
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I would recommend this CD to anybody who would like to discover Morrison, or to have a very interesting collection of some of his best well-known hits.
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Some of the best music from Van Morrison.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Accordino VINE VOICE on February 16, 2007
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If you are in the market to own just one Van Morrison CD collection, Van Morrison "At The Movies", is the disc for you. This cd combines 19 tracks from all phases of his long distinguished career. The Irish soul man has never sounded better with remastered clarity, that makes this the choice over "Greatest Hits Vol-1 & Vol-2. This cd actually combines the best of those two collections and more. His classic gems from the "Them" days "Gloria", and "Baby Please Don't Go", are included here as well. His reworking of "Brown Eyed Girl", proves he has not lost anything from those vocal chords. His live take on "Caravan" from the "Last Waltz", is one of the finest live recordings ever. Lots of modern gems here as well, like 'Days Like This", "Real Real Gone", and the "Bright Side Of The Road". The real treat on this collection however, is the inclusion of his collaboration with Pink Floyds Roger Waters, on "Comfotably Numb", which was recorded live in Berlin in 1986 and features Rick Danko and Levon Helm. Some outstanding ballads are here as well like, "Someone Like You", "Have I Told You Lately", "Wonderful Remark", and "Hungry For Your Love". Considering the price and the fantastic content of this cd, I consider this cd essential to everyone who is both new to Van Morrison music and to well seasoned fans who would like to add a career retrospective not available until now. It doesn't get any better than this.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Alan Dorfman VINE VOICE on February 13, 2007
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Instead of releasing Van Morrison's Greatest Hits Vol. 243, pick some songs that have appeared on soundtracks, add live versions of big hits, a couple of pre-solo songs and a couple of classics that weren't hits and suddenly you have a package that can be marketed as "At The Movies" and put in stores just in time for the Oscars.

Nevertheless, just ignore the crassness of the marketing. This is, after all, another Van Morrison's Greatest Hits and, as such, is 19 slices of heaven. A legendary performer, we get several live takes of oldies that show they remain fresh. As does everything on the CD - some of which originally dates back 40 years. It is a tribute to his genius that these songs are as vital and relevant today.

The man, the myth, the mystic - Van Morrison. It's sad such wonderful music needs this kind of marketing gimmick but if it brings younger listeners not so familiar with Van to their iPods to try the music then it is worth it.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Data Guy on February 18, 2007
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I'm a huge Van Morrison fan - I own everything he has ever released as well as just about every bootleg, too. With that said, when I first saw this release on the schedule I thought "Oh, I'll already own all of that stuff, so I can probably forgo buying it."

Well, I was wrong. Yes, most of the stuff on this has already been released, but if you are a Van completist, you'll need this CD. First of all, it has a couple of live versions you might not already own. But most importantly, there is a re-recorded version of "Brown Eyed Girl" that is essential. It is not better than the now 40-year-old original radio chestnut, but it is great to hear Van's mature voice on this awesome song.

And if you are a casual Van fan then this is as good a place to start as Van's Best of CD.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin VINE VOICE on January 25, 2008
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I've been a huge Van Morrison fan since my early twenties. I started buying all his music until 'The Healing Game'. I stopped there because he was releasing an average of 2 albums per year, and my financial status was becoming at risk. I am not a fan of compilations at all. I just bought this CD in a whim and I still don't know why. I may have all the songs in here except for a couple, but the quality of every track is excellent. There is not one single song that is not good. Perhaps the Pink Floyd song is helping selling this compilation a lot, since it appeared in 'The Departed', in a very interesting moment in that movie. I already had it in the 'The Wall' concert of Roger Waters in Berlin, but anyway ... This compilation may help getting a good overview of Morrison's music to those who still don't know him. It would also be a great asset in every CD collection of pop music. This compilation includes the THEM hits 'Gloria' and 'Baby Please Don't Go'. Also comes with the 'Brown Eyed Girl' super HIT. If my ears don't lie to me, I'd say these are remastered tracks. They really sound absolutely wonderful to me! The 'Moondance' live version included here is not the best I know. I like the studio version or, maybe better, the Live track included in his Live in San Francisco double album. This CD comes with an article by Michael Heatley where he tells us the movies these songs appeared in. It also includes credits for every song (no lyrics included), and a small portrait of Van Morrison (yes, with his hat on!). I would recommend this CD to anybody who would like to discover Morrison, or to have a very interesting collection of some of his best well-known hits. Then, if you like it, you can go ahead and try to get a collection of his top 10 best albums from Astral Weeks to The Healing Game.Read more ›
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 13, 2007
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Van Morrison's songs have been the subject of numerous compilations, but this new set has to be given credit for its unique approach to selecting the songs. This nineteen-track set compiles songs that were featured in movies (although some are live versions that substitute for the studio tracks used in the film except in the case of "Comfortably Numb"). Mr. Morrison's music is perfectly suited for movies and directors have made liberal use of his music. All of his biggest hits like "Wild Night", "Brown Eyed Girl", "Moondance" (a previously unreleased live version) and "Gloria" are included. There are lesser-known gems as well including the brilliant "Real Real Gone" from Enlightenment, "Hungry For Your Love" from Wavelength and "Days Like These" from the album of the same name. Van Morrison At The Movies is a first rate collection of songs and for anyone looking for a varied introduction to his music, this is a great place to start.
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