Van Morrison

Brown Eyed Girl

Composed by Van Morrison

Song Review by

Possibly Van Morrison's biggest international hit record, "Brown Eyed Girl" came between his career as the lead singer of Them and his emergence as a solo singer/songwriter. Although Morrison wrote the song, the overall feel and sound of the resulting record owes as much to producer Bert Berns as it does to Morrison. Like several other Bang releases of the era (such as Neil Diamond's records), it's based on a simple, three-chord pattern and a slightly Latin feel. Lyrically, however, is where Morrison's song contribution shines, with its semi-autobiographical tale of rural romance and fond remembrances of geographic locations. The excellent bass-heavy instrumental bridge is one of the song's most important hooks, and it's a long-remembered part of the song to almost any AM radio listener of the period, even to this day. The cleanest version is available on the Sony/Legacy The Bang Masters reissue, which is also worthwhile for other reasons as well.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Blowin' Your Mind! 1967 Epic / Sony Music Distribution 3:06
21 Golden Gate Greats (Vol 2) 1969
Various Artists
Take 6 Inc.
T.B. Sheets 1974 Legacy Rock Artifacts Series / CBS Records 3:01
It's Too Late to Stop Now... 1974 Universal Distribution 3:26
No Image 1979 Warner Bros.
The Wonder Years: Music From the Emmy Award-Winning Show & Its Era 1989
Original Tv Soundtrack
Atlantic 3:09
The Best of Van Morrison [Mercury] 1990 Pol
Bang Masters 1991 Legacy Rock Artifacts Series / Sbme Special Mkts. 3:41
The 60's Revisited: HMV 1991
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:08
Blue-Eyed Soul 1992
Various Artists
Virgin
The Levi's 501 Hits, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
EastWest
No Image 1993
Various Artists
Arcade Music
Top Gear [Concept] 1994
Various Artists
Concept 3:05
Payin' Dues 1994 Prism Leisure Corporation (UK) / Prism Platinum 3:25
Mellow Sixties 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
Best Sixties Album in the World Ever 1995
Various Artists
Alex 3:01
Rock On UK 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:00
Radio Saigon [Arcade] 1995
Various Artists
Arcade Music 3:05
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Goldies
Sun Splashin' 1996
Various Artists
Madacy 3:04
The Heart of Ireland [Arcade] 1996
Various Artists
Arcade Music 3:05
Easyriders, Vol. 3 1997
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:05
No Image 1997 Eagle Records
Party Time, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
SPG 2:55
Brown Eyed Beginnings 1998 M.I.L. Multimedia 3:40
Brown Eyed Girl [EMI] 1998 Sony Music Distribution 3:05
The Oliver Stone Connection 1998
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:01
All Time Greatest Movie Songs [UK] 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:52
Classic 60's: Blowin' Your Mind 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 3:06
No Image 1998 Digimode Entertainment 3:03
Masters 1999 Eagle Rock 3:06
Mods Vs. Rockers 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 3:02
Mega Rock, Vol. 3 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc Corp. / Platinum Disc 3:02
Super Hits 1999 Sony Music 3:06
Chartbusters USA, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Ace 22:06
Bikini.Com: Summer Groovin' 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:04
Classic 60's [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:06
The Bang Records Sessions: Midnight Special 1999 Delta Music Ltd. / Delta Distribution
No Image 1999 Digimode Entertainment 3:03
The Early Years [BCI] 2000 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 3:05
Brown Eyed Girl [DJ Specialist] 2000 DJ Specialist 3:06
Party Time [SPG] 2000
Various Artists
SPG 2:55
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:05
The Great Van Morrison [Goldies] 2000 Goldies
A Year In Your Life: 1967, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Definitive 3:05
The Early Years: 1967-1968 2000 Metro / Metro 3:05
The Best of British Classic Rock 2000
Various Artists
Edeltone 3:05
Music Men 2000
Various Artists
WEA
British Invasion [Madacy] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:00
Ultimate Singer-Songwriter Col 2000
Various Artists
Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp.
Rock Hits of the 60's 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:05
The Great Van Morrison [Red X] 2001 Red X 3:06
Brown Eyed Handsome Man 2001 Bianco 3:05
Vietnam: Songs from the Divided House 2001
Various Artists
Q Records 3:04
No Image 2001 Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra / Cleopatra 4:36
Modrophenia 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 3:02
The Legends Collection: The Van Morrison Collection 2001 Dressed To Kill / Legends Collection 3:04
Brown Eyed Girl [Sony] 2001 Sony Music Distribution 3:06
Spanish Rose [Neon] 2001 Neon Records 3:03
Van Morrison Collection, Vol. 1 2001 Dressed To Kill 3:04
Love So Strong 2002
Various Artists
WSM / Warner Strategic Marketing
Absolutely the Best of the Sixties 2002
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:02
Hollywood's Greatest 2002
Various Artists
Golden Stars
Troubadours: The Essential Album 2002
Various Artists
Mantra Records
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 60's Folk Years 2002
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:09
Songwriter! 2002
Various Artists
Columbia / Sony/Columbia 3:02
The Complete Bang Sessions 2002 Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra / Purple Pyramid 3:03
Acoustic, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Import 3:03
Sunsplashin 2002
Various Artists
Madacy 3:04
60's Pop Hits 2002
Various Artists
Immediate / Sony Music Distribution 3:05
Dock Rock 2002
Various Artists
BMG International 3:05
Celtic: The Essential Album 2002
Various Artists
Manteca 3:05
Winter Explosion!!! 2002
Various Artists
Sony/Columbia 2:52
60's of Love and Music, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:05
Written by... 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:01
Brown Eyed Girl [Collectables] 2003 Collectables 3:05
The Folk Years [Box Set] 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:05
All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:53
Before the Fame 2003 Before The Fame 3:01
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Universal Music
Triple Value: Sixties 2003
Various Artists
Red X
Box of Rock 2003
Various Artists
Import 3:03
Brown Eyed Girl [Sweden Import] 2003 Import
Perfect Weekend, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
Daily Mirror
Brown Eyed Girl [Delta] 2004 Delta Music Ltd. / Delta No. 1
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Woodstock Generation [Sony Box] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia 3:04
The Ultimate Chick Flick Soundtrack [2004] 2004
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Greatest Irish Bands [Bonus DVD] 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:05
Time 100: Music of Our Lives 1960-1980 2004
Various Artists
WEA International 3:02
Music Legends - Van Morrison: The Early Years 2004 Brentwood Records 3:04
Good Vibes 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:01
Timeless Classics 2004 St. Clair 3:07
Music from the Vietnam War Years, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 3:06
World's Best Ever Beer Songs 2005 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:04
Virgin Radio: The Album 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Psychedelic Chemistry, Vol. 1 [2 Disc] 2004
Various Artists
Pazzazz 3:06
Spirit of Woodstock 2004
Various Artists
BMG International
Psychedelia, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Pazzazz 3:06
Rolling Back the Years: 40 Hits from the 60s 2005
Various Artists
Dove 3:04
The Best of Classic Rock 2005
Various Artists
Special Edition 3:00
The '60s Rock Experience 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 3:04
Happy Songs [Virgin 2005] 2005
Various Artists
Virgin 3:00
Ultimate 60's Collection [Fuel 2000] 2005
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:02
No Image 2005 Pop Legends
Van Morrison [Dynamic] 2005 Dynamic
Easyacoustic 2005
Various Artists
Easy Records / Union Square Music 4:32
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:05
Collections 2006 Sony BMG 3:05
Sensational Sixties [BMG Special Products] 2006
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:02
Essential Sixties: 1965-1969 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG
The Collection: Van Morrison 2006 Brilliant / Musicmania 3:04
Floorfillers: The Ultimate Party Album 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Guinness Book of Hit Singles: The Hits That Never Were 2006
Various Artists
BMG / Sony BMG
Best of Blue Eyed Soul 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:05
Van Morrison [Import] 2006 Disky
Very Best of Back to the Movies 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Superstar Series 2006 Payless 3:05
Drivetime [Horizon] 2006
Various Artists
Horizon
Written By: The Best Of Singers & Songwriters 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:03
Rock Legends [EMI 1] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:10
At the Movies: Soundtrack Hits 2007 EMI Music Distribution / Manhattan Records 3:11
Forever Love [Columbia] 2007
Various Artists
Columbia / Sony BMG
Forever Gold: Van Morrison 2007 St. Clair / Forever Gold (Allegiance) 3:04
Summer of Love: Hits of 1967 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:04
Heartbeat Summer 2007
Various Artists
Virgin 3:01
Summer of Love: Gold 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:05
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:05
Essential Guide to Acoustic 2007
Various Artists
Essential Guide 2:41
Still on Top: The Greatest Hits 2007 Universal Distribution 3:03
Flower Power [Time Life Box] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:04
Karaoke: The Sixties Hits, Vol. 4 2007
Karaoke
Chartbuster Karaoke 3:13
Girls Night In 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Essential Acoustic Love 2008
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing
Peace And Love [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 3:05
101 Summer Songs 2008
Various Artists
EMI TV / Virgin 2:59
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:03
Singer 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:01
Love Songs: Intro Collection 2008
Various Artists
The Intro Collection / Union Square Music 3:05
Rolling Stone: The Timeless Stories of the '70s Singer-Songwriter 2008
Various Artists
3:11
The World's Best Ever Beer Songs: 10th Anniversary 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:01
Playlist: The Very Best of Van Morrison: The Bang Years 2009 Epic/Legacy 3:41
The Bang Sessions 2009 Cleopatra
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Commercial Canada 3:03
100% Rolling Stone
Various Artists
Frequency Records
101 Most Beloved Pop Masterpieces
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing 3:09
Alternative Acoustic
Various Artists
Music Club Records 3:04
Box of Rock [Disc 2]
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 3:03
No Image
Various Artists
Word Distribution
Jaguar London Calling Collection
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
No Image
Various Artists
Midnight Special [Rajon] Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 3:35
New York Sessions '67 [New Millennium] New Millennium 3:35
No Image
Various Artists
Polygram
Party Time
Various Artists
SPG
No Image
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
Teardrops: 40 of the Best Love Songs Ever
Various Artists
Prism Leisure Corporation (UK)
No Image
Various Artists
WSM
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