Van Morrison

Madame George

Composed by Van Morrison

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Indeed a classic from Van Morrison's Astral Weeks album, "Madame George" was first debuted here during his Bang Records/"Brown Eyed Girl" period. Opening with the sounds of a rowdy group of partygoers, this narrative is commonly thought to be about a transvestite, yet that is only part of the story. According to Morrison himself, the song is about a combination of different people that he knew from the period, and he combined them all into the main Madame George character. The main point to the song is about leaving the past behind, and that is exactly what Morrison did, musically and spiritually, during this time. Available on the excellent Bang Masters collection on Sony Legacy.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Astral Weeks 1968 GC / Rhino
T.B. Sheets 1974 Friday Music 5:19
Bang Masters 1991 Legacy Rock Artifacts Series / Sbme Special Mkts. 5:19
Payin' Dues 1994 Prism Leisure Corporation (UK) / Prism Platinum 5:16
Brown Eyed Girl [Audiophile Legends] 1996 Audiophile Legends 3:53
Brown Eyed Beginnings 1998 M.I.L. Multimedia 5:17
Brown Eyed Girl [EMI] 1998 Sony Music Distribution 5:18
Brown Eyed Girl [Digimode] 1998 Digimode Entertainment 5:14
Super Hits 1999 Sony Music 5:18
The Bang Records Sessions: Midnight Special 1999 The Store for Music 5:18
No Image 1999 Digimode Entertainment 5:14
The Early Years [BCI] 2000 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 4:45
Brown Eyed Girl [DJ Specialist] 2000 DJ Specialist 5:17
The Great Van Morrison [Goldies] 2000 Import 5:17
The Early Years: 1967-1968 2000 Metro / Metro 5:16
The 1967 New York Sessions 2000 Burning Airlines Recordings
The Great Van Morrison [Red X] 2001 Red X 5:17
Brown Eyed Handsome Man 2001 Bianco 4:44
The  Essential Van Morrison [Purple Pyramid] 2001 Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra / Cleopatra 5:17
The Legends Collection: The Van Morrison Collection 2001 Dressed To Kill / Legends Collection 5:16
Brown Eyed Girl [Sony] 2001 Sony Music Distribution 5:18
Spanish Rose [Neon] 2001 Neon Records 5:14
Van Morrison Collection, Vol. 1 2001 Dressed To Kill 5:16
The Complete Bang Sessions 2002 Cleopatra
Brown Eyed Girl [Collectables] 2003 Collectables 5:18
Before the Fame 2003 Alchemy Records 6:08
Brown Eyed Girl [Sweden Import] 2003 Import
Music Legends - Van Morrison: The Early Years 2004 Brentwood Records 4:44
No Image 2004 Intermusic 5:17
Psychedelic Chemistry, Vol. 1 [2 Disc] 2004
Various Artists
Pazzazz 5:16
Madame George 2004 Pazzazz 5:16
No Image 2005 Pop Legends
Van Morrison [Dynamic] 2005 Dynamic
Collections 2006 Sony BMG 5:18
Sounds of the '60s [Pazzazz] 2006
Various Artists
Pazzazz 5:16
The Songwriter Collection 2006
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 5:19
The Collection: Van Morrison 2006 Brilliant / Musicmania 5:15
Van Morrison [Import] 2006 Disky
Superstar Series 2006 Payless 4:44
Astral Weeks/Moondance/His Band and the Street Choir 2008 Rhino 9:45
Playlist: The Very Best of Van Morrison: The Bang Years 2009 Sony BMG
Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl 2009 Listen To The Lion Records 8:43
Brown Eyed Girl: The Collection [Camden] 2011 Camden 5:18
The Complete New York Sessions '67 2013 Vinyl Lovers
The 60s 2014 BMG / Sony Music Entertainment 5:17
No Image Intermusic 5:17
No Image
Various Artists
X5 Music Group 5:16
No Image Intermusic 5:17
Midnight Special [Rajon] Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 5:16
New York Sessions '67 [New Millennium] New Millennium 5:16
No Image Intermusic 5:17
No Image Intermusic 5:17
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