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Brown Eyed Beginnings
Genres: Blues, Folk, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
The tracks that comprise this two-disc set have been released under various names over the years. They represent the best and the worst of Morrison's brief, but important, period at Bang Records. Disc one is loaded with cl... more »
The tracks that comprise this two-disc set have been released under various names over the years. They represent the best and the worst of Morrison's brief, but important, period at Bang Records. Disc one is loaded with classic stuff; the sound of Van building a bridge from Them's hard British R&B to his own ethereal later work. "Brown Eyed Girl," the original take of "Madame George," and the haunting "T.B. Sheets" are among the many highlights. Disc two--which consists of Van rambling nonsense to fill out, and get out, of his contract--is a curio of interest only to serious fans and collectors. Epic's well-annotated single-volume Bang Masters is a better value. --Michael Ruby
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WillieP | a bad neighborhood | 07/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The second disc of this set, which Van reportedly cut in about an hour to fulfill a contract with the deceased Bert Berns, owner of Bang Records, is just about the funniest thing I've ever heard. Check out some of these lyrics: "jive an' wail... check the mail... go to jail..." (they somehow have that one listed as "Drivin' Wheel" - the compilers obviously weren't from Belfast... ). Elsewhere we hear Van grumbling about a "Big Royalty Check" that never seems to show up, and sarcastically parodying Berns' famous composition "Twist and Shout" many times over. "Blowin' Yer Nose" is a send-up of the title Berns picked out for Van's first album without telling him."
A Must for Fans of Van The Man!
WillieP | 04/09/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For anyone who really appreciates Van at his eccentric best, this is a must. First time around I didn`t think much of it, and now I can`t seem to get it out of my hi-fi - it`s addictive! As for the Jamming Session, get a few drinks into you beforehand, bear in mind the circumstances under which it was written, and get ready to laugh yourself silly! Quality, vintage Van."
This is my favorite Van Morrison Album
WillieP | 11/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A truly additive album. To be quite honest, I didn't like it much at first. It has come to be my favorite. It is a very raw morrison. I really only like his old stuff. One of my favorites on the album is "The smile you smile". It is a very bad recording, but it sounds like he recorded it in his bedroom. Great album"