Van Morrison

Brown Eyed Girl

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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 Troubadour / Troubadour Canada / Troubadours 3:05
21 Golden Gate Greats (Vol 2) 1969
Various Artists
Take 6 Inc.
T.B. Sheets 1974 Legacy Rock Artifacts Series / CBS Records 3:01
Classic Rock: 1967 - The Beat Goes On 1988
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:09
Born on the Fourth of July [Motion Picture Soundtrack Album] 1989 MCA 3:07
The Best of Van Morrison [Mercury] 1990 Polydor 3:04
Bang Masters 1991 Legacy Rock Artifacts Series / Epic 3:41
Sleeping with the Enemy 1991 CBS Records 3:06
AM Gold: The Late '60s 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:06
Payin' Dues 1994 Fruit Tree 3:35
Mellow Sixties 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:00
Best Sixties Album in the World Ever 1995
Various Artists
3:01
Rock On UK 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:00
Greatest Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1-2 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:03
Sun Splashin' 1996
Various Artists
Madacy 3:04
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
Movie Lovers: 20 Original Movie Love Themes 1998
Various Artists
Records 2:15
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
Brown Eyed Girl [Digimode] 1998 Digimode Entertainment 3:03
Masters 1999 Eagle Rock 3:06
Mods Vs. Rockers 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 3:02
Hear It Now! The Sound of the '60s 1999
Various Artists
Legacy / Columbia 3:04
Super Hits 1999 Legacy / Columbia 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 '60s [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:06
The Bang Records Sessions: Midnight Special 1999 The Store for Music 3:24
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
A Year In Your Life: 1967, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Definitive 3:05
The Early Years: 1967-1968 2000 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
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:06
Rock Hits of the 60's 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:05
The Great Van Morrison [Red X] 2001 Red X 3:39
Brown Eyed Handsome Man 2001 Bianco 3:05
Vietnam: Songs from the Divided House 2001
Various Artists
Q Records 3:04
The Essential Van Morrison [Purple Pyramid] 2001 Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra 4:36
Real Cinema 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:03
Modrophenia 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 3:02
The Legends Collection: The Van Morrison Collection 2001 Dressed To Kill / Legends Collection 3:04
A Decade in Sound 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:58
Spanish Rose [Neon] 2001 Neon Records 3:03
Van Morrison Collection, Vol. 1 2001 Dressed To Kill 3:04
Absolutely the Best of the Sixties 2002
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:02
Troubadours: The Essential Album 2002
Various Artists
Manteca 3:06
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 60's Folk Years 2002
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:09
The Complete Bang Sessions 2002 Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra 3:24
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
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
Rock Heroes [Eurotrend] 2003
Various Artists
Eurotrend 3:04
Before the Fame 2003 Alchemy Records 3:07
Shamrocks & Shenanigans 2003
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:00
Box of Rock 2003
Various Artists
Import 3:03
Woodstock Generation [Sony Box] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia 3:04
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
Timeless Classics 2004 St. Clair 3:07
60's the Decade of Love and Music 2004
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:05
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
Midnight Special [Pazzazz] 2004 Pazzazz 3:05
Greatest Collection 2004 Platinum Disc 3:05
Legends: Pluggin' In 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:05
The '60s Rock Experience 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 3:04
Easyacoustic 2005
Various Artists
Easy Records / Union Square Music 4:32
Collections 2006 Sony BMG 3:05
Sounds of the '60s [Pazzazz] 2006
Various Artists
Pazzazz 3:06
Sensational Sixties [BMG Special Products] 2006
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:02
Best of Blue Eyed Soul 2006
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:05
Summer Sippin's 2006
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 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
Rock Classics [Sony BMG] 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:03
Brown Eyed Girl [Ringle] 2007 Sony Music Distribution 3:06
Still on Top: The Greatest Hits 2007 Polydor
Peace And Love [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 3:05
Rolling Stone: The Timeless Stories of the '70s Singer-Songwriter 2008
Various Artists
3:11
101 Irish Hits 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:03
The World's Best Ever Beer Songs: 10th Anniversary 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:01
Forever Friends: Thank You Mum 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:05
101 Running Songs 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:59
Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs: From Me To You 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:01
No Image 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment 3:05
101 Barbecue Songs 2010
Various Artists
EMI 2:59
Always a Woman 2010
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 3:03
Happy Songs [Virgin 2010] 2010
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:00
Essential Chillout [Sony] 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:03
Pure... Guitar Heroes 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:02
Singers & Songwriters: Classics 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:06
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:06
Brown Eyed Girl: The Collection [Camden] 2011 Camden 3:05
I Love Papa 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 3:02
Pure... 60s 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:02
Now That's What I Call Classic Rock Hits 2012
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 0:00
The Ultimate Hits: The Best 2012 Blueline / IMV / IMV Blueline / Laser Media 3:04
'60s Music Revolution 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:05
Âge Tendre et Têtes de Bois 2012
Various Artists
Smart / Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 3:03
Romancing the '60s [Time] 2013
Various Artists
StarVista / Time / Life Music 3:04
Now That's What I Call Movies 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:05
The 60s 2014 BMG / Sony Music Entertainment 3:05
The Essential Van Morrison 2015 Exile Productions / Sony Legacy 3:05
The Authorized Bang Collection 2017 Legacy / Sony Music 8:37
101 Most Beloved Pop Masterpieces
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:09
Best of British [Universal]
Various Artists
EMI / Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 3:03
Box of Rock [Disc 2]
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 3:03
No Image
Various Artists
Word Distribution
Feel-Good Favorites
Various Artists
Avalon 3:04
Feel-Good Favorites: Pop Hits of the '60s & '70s, Vols. 1-2
Various Artists
Ultimate Mix 3:04
Get Together: The Colourful Sound of the Sixties
Various Artists
Sony Music
Listen to the Music
Various Artists
Rhino 3:05
Midnight Special [Rajon] Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 3:35
New York Sessions '67 [New Millennium] New Millennium 3:35
No Image
Various Artists
Polygram
Rock Heroes, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Eurotrend 3:04
Romancing the '60s: Love Letters
Various Artists
StarVista 3:04
Summer Breeze [Platinum Legends]
Various Artists
Platinum Legends 3:04
The Greatest Ever... The 1970's
Various Artists
Bellevue 3:05
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:04