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Still On Top - The Greatest Hits [3 CD Box Set] Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered

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2007 limited edition triple definitive collection with fifty-one classic tracks that chronicle Morrison's incredible musical journey to date, all remaining true to his mantra 'it's always been about soul'. These musical milestones are culled from five decades of prolific recording. Among the gems included are 1995's 'Days Like This', an alternative version of 1997's 'Healing Game' and two already-classics from 2005: 'Celtic New Year' and 'Stranded'. Still On Top moves seamlessly thru all phases of Morrison's long career that began in the 60s with the hat-trick of 'Here Comes The Night', 'Gloria' and 'Brown-Eyed Girl' and still hits new heights as the years go by. Highlights from the Seventies include 'Domino', 'Jackie Wilson Said' and 'Warm Love'. Among those selected from the Eighties are the romantic ballad 'Someone Like You' (utilized for the film 'Bridget Jones's Diary') and the glorious pop standard 'Have I Told You Lately?'. Universal

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
  2. Dweller On The Threshold
  3. Whenever God Shines His Light - (with Cliff Richard)
  4. Moondance
  5. Bright Side Of The Road
  6. Brown Eyed Girl
  7. Wavelength
  8. Crazy Love
  9. Someone Like You
  10. When Will I Ever Learn
  11. To Live In God
  12. Tore Down A La Rimbaud
  13. Wild Night
  14. Gloria - (with Them)
  15. Real Real Gone
  16. Into The Mystic
  17. In The Garden
  18. Saint Dominic's Preview
  19. Stranded

Disc: 2

  1. Precious Time
  2. Domino
  3. Here Comes The Night - (with Them)
  4. Little Village
  5. And It Stoned Me
  6. Days Like This
  7. Have I Told You Lately?
  8. Cleaning Windows
  9. Baby Please Don't Go - (with Them)
  10. Back On Top
  11. Vanlose Stairway
  12. Celtic New Year
  13. Irish Heartbeat - (with The Chieftains)
  14. Healing Game, The - (alternate take)
  15. Full Force Gale
  16. Warm Love
  17. Did Ye Get Healed?
  18. Tupelo Honey
  19. Wonderful Remark

Disc: 3

  1. Hey Mr. DJ
  2. In The Forest
  3. Queen Of The Slipstream
  4. Rave On John Donne
  5. Hymns To The Silence
  6. Crazy Jane On God - (with Moving Hearts)
  7. Rough God Goes Riding
  8. Steal My Heart Away
  9. One Irish Rover
  10. Listen To The Lion
  11. Streets Of Arklow
  12. Beauty Of The Days Gone By, The
  13. Take It Where You Find It
  14. Coney Island

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 4, 2008)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Original Release Date: March 4, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000WAEK0E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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