Bang Masters Original recording reissued
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Audio, Cassette, Original recording reissued, February 26, 1991
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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a good collection to have as history of Van Morrison's music, but not the best stuff he has done.Published 13 months ago by goodliteraturesupporter
I am on a quest to own all of Van Morrison's music. Another treasure for my music collection.Published 15 months ago by S.Curtis
this is an interesting compilation by Columbia Legacy of Van's first recordings in the USA. Brown Eye Girl and the haunting TB Sheets are on this. Read morePublished 20 months ago by joe pfeiffer
There is only one worthwhile song on this album- Brown Eyed Girl, which is excellent. But hey, It was his first album.Published on May 5, 2014 by imelda pearce