Van Morrison

The Complete Bang Sessions

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

The Bang Sessions, as most fans of Van the Man know, present Morrison when he is very good and when he is absolutely wretched. The good, of course, is his first solo album, Blowin' Your Mind, an engaging set of ambitious folk-rock which borrows equally from R&B and jazz, winding up with songs as ebullient as "Brown Eyed Girl" and as haunting as "T.B. Sheets," with a lot of ground covered in between. The bad is the songs that he wrote and recorded in a bid to get out of his contract with Bang -- obstinate, stream-of-conscious ditties and nonsense that he wrote on the spot; it's interesting in theory, but nearly unlistenable in practise. By bringing together both in one collection, appropriately entitled The Complete Bang Sessions, Purple Pyramid has given collectors an easy way to get it all at once. And this is for collectors -- it might not be deluxe packaging, but it's a well-packaged digipack with good sound, and only collectors will want all of this in their collection. Other fans of Van will be better-served by either his debut or the Epic/Legacy Bang Sessions CD, since it contains the cream of the crop, leaving the 30 "demos" behind, since they are the ephemera Morrison intended them to be.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Van Morrison 01:16 SpotifyAmazon
2 Van Morrison 00:56 SpotifyAmazon
3 Van Morrison 01:12 SpotifyAmazon
4 Van Morrison 01:12 SpotifyAmazon
5 Van Morrison 01:07 SpotifyAmazon
6 Van Morrison 01:11 SpotifyAmazon
7 Van Morrison 00:58 SpotifyAmazon
8 Van Morrison 01:10 SpotifyAmazon
9 Van Morrison 01:28 SpotifyAmazon
10 Van Morrison 01:35 SpotifyAmazon
11 Van Morrison 01:30 SpotifyAmazon
12 Van Morrison 01:00 SpotifyAmazon
13 Van Morrison 01:03 SpotifyAmazon
14 Van Morrison 01:11 SpotifyAmazon
15 Van Morrison 00:58 SpotifyAmazon
16 Van Morrison 00:53 SpotifyAmazon
17 Van Morrison 00:52 SpotifyAmazon
18 Van Morrison 01:23 SpotifyAmazon
19 Van Morrison 01:01 SpotifyAmazon
20 Van Morrison 00:51 SpotifyAmazon
21 Van Morrison 01:19 SpotifyAmazon
22 Van Morrison 01:03 SpotifyAmazon
23 Van Morrison 00:52 SpotifyAmazon
24 Van Morrison 01:09 SpotifyAmazon
25 Van Morrison 01:01 SpotifyAmazon
26 Van Morrison 00:55 SpotifyAmazon
27 Van Morrison 01:16 SpotifyAmazon
28 Van Morrison 01:26 SpotifyAmazon
29 Van Morrison 01:05 SpotifyAmazon
30 Van Morrison 01:01 SpotifyAmazon
31 Van Morrison 01:08 SpotifyAmazon
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