Teaming with Brill Building vet producer Bert Berns , Morrison 's wild-eyed lyricism is often a tight fit with Berns ' straight-ahead commercial sound see the silly but fun "Chick-a-Boom" for an example. Sheets," also appear. Despite Van 's objections to being a pop artist, the conflict between the two styles makes for some very interesting and invigorating listening. These sessions aren't vital to the casual Morrison fan, but anyone whose love of the man goes beyond the hits needs to add these to their collection.
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Van Morrison Bang Masters. Van Morrison Payin' Dues. Top reviews from other countries. Van Morrison's debut LP was put together without his knowledge by Bang! Records and started the downward spiral in his relationship with producer and record company owner Bert Berns. Morrison had recorded a number of tracks on March 28th and 29th to put out, so he thought, four singles, but eight of those tracks were compiled into Blowin' Your Mind.
With a cover that virtually defines bad taste, Morrison immediately disowned the album. However despite Morrison's protestations this is a really strong work. Kicking off with big hit single Brown Eyed Girl what follows doesn't for a moment let up on the quality control button.
Centerpiece of the album is the quite extraordinary T. Sheets, later revealed as written from Morrison's personal perspective with superb blues harmonica driving the track along. Spanish Rose features intricate Spanish guitar backing, with the album ending with Leadbelly's superb Midnight Special.
For an album put together without the artist's knowledge this shows a rawer, extremely soulful version of the man close to the top of his game. This version of the album includes five alternative takes, highlighting how Morrison phrased songs differently on each take.
The remastering is excellent, without tape hiss and no trace of the over compression that blights many modern remasters. Do not discount this album if you think it all starts with Astral Weeks - you would be missing out on something of almost as high quality albeit in a different style. Where it all began. I have these tracks in many compilations, but this is the actual LP which was released without Van's knowledge and launched "Brown-Eyed Girl" on the road to lasting success.
Van said that if he'd known Bang Records were going to release these songs, he'd have finished them off. They are good songs.
New York Sessions '67 is a two-disc retrospective album of recordings made by Van Morrison in for Bang Records that were later released in the s. Sheets and Bang Masters. The second disc contains the notorious "Contractual Obligation" session — thirty-one improvised nonsense songs Morrison recorded in order to fulfill his contract with Bang Records.Equal parts blue-eyed soul shouter and wild-eyed poet-sorcerer, Van Morrison is among popular music's true innovators, a restless seeker whose incantatory vocals and alchemical fusion of R&B, jazz, blues, and Celtic folk produced perhaps the most spiritually transcendent body of work in the rock & roll canon.