Van Morrison

Here Comes

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Since 1994, when Charly Records issued Payin' Dues, an album containing a series of short, off-the-cuff recordings Van Morrison made, apparently to complete his contract with Bang Records in 1967 or 1968, those recordings have been licensed and reissued on numerous albums. This one, containing 17 of these curiosities, each of them lasting only a minute to a minute and a half, may be the most worthless yet. Many of the albums are baited with the more finished tracks Morrison also recorded for Bang -- "Brown Eyed Girl" and the like. Not this one. Here, it's just Morrison strumming a guitar and making things up as he goes, whether he's musing about "Ring Worm" or making fun of Bang's title for his album, Blowin' Your Mind!, by calling it "Blow in Your Nose," then turning that around into "Nose in Your Blow." The whole disc lasts less than 20 minutes, which is more than enough for this sort of foolishness, but even the Morrison fan who wants to hear these tracks can find more complete collections of them. [Pazzazz also packaged Here Comes with another album of Morrison's Bang recordings, Madame George, as the double-CD set Midnight Special.]

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