Van Morrison – The Essential Van Morrison (2015) [7Digital FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Van Morrison – The Essential Van Morrison (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 157:12 minutes | 3,5 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: 7Digital | Artwork: Front cover

37-track, cross-label career-spanning anthology. All the hits & key album tracks. From Them through to later collaborations with the Chieftains & Cliff Richard.

Timed to coincide with the first-ever digital release of the bulk of Van Morrison’s catalog, 2015’s The Essential Van Morrison is an idiosyncratic double-disc retrospective that runs from Them until a selection from 2009’s Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl. Career-spanning anthologies are a rarity in Morrison’s discography, as are compilations in general; apart from the endless march of Bang material, he’s only had 1990’s The Best of Van Morrison and its 1993 sequel, The Best of Van Morrison, Vol. 2, plus 2007’s Still on Top: The Greatest Hits. The Essential Van Morrison doesn’t merely recycle these compilations. It carves its own path, placing his best-known material from the ’60s and ’70s on the first disc, then covering 1979 and beyond on the second collection. This is a smart move because the truth is, Morrison never had many hits: the last time he crested the Billboard Top 40 was in 1971, when “Blue Money” made it to 23, while his last time in the U.K. Top 40 came in 1989, when “Whenever God Shines His Light” reached 20 with the assistance of Cliff Richard. The latter is here but the former joins “Come Running” as the two biggest omissions here — other smaller ones are the non-LP “Wonderful Remark,” “Full Force Gale,” and “A Sense of Wonder” — but even with their absence, The Essential Van Morrison covers all the necessary ground, delivering the staples while giving a sense of the full run of Morrison’s career.

CD1 #01 – Gloria (Stereo Version) [with Them]CD1 #02 – Here Comes the Night [with Them]CD1 #03 – Spanish Rose
CD1 #04 – Brown Eyed Girl
CD1 #05 – Astral Weeks
CD1 #06 – The Way Young Lovers Do
CD1 #07 – Moondance
CD1 #08 – Crazy Love
CD1 #09 – And It Stoned Me
CD1 #10 – Into the Mystic
CD1 #11 – Domino
CD1 #12 – Wild Night
CD1 #13 – Tupelo Honey
CD1 #14 – Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)
CD1 #15 – Warm Love
CD1 #16 – Fair Play
CD1 #17 – Caravan (Live)
CD1 #18 – Hungry for Your Love (Remastered)
CD1 #19 – Cleaning Windows (Live)

CD2 #01 – Bright Side of the Road
CD2 #02 – And the Healing Has Begun
CD2 #03 – Tore Down a la Rimbaud
CD2 #04 – Someone Like You
CD2 #05 – Irish Heartbeat [with The Chieftains]CD2 #06 – Whenever God Shines His Light [with Cliff Richard]CD2 #07 – Have I Told You Lately
CD2 #08 – Real Real Gone
CD2 #09 – Enlightenment
CD2 #10 – Why Must I Always Explain?
CD2 #11 – Days Like This
CD2 #12 – That’s Life
CD2 #13 – Rough God Goes Riding
CD2 #14 – Precious Time (Remastered)
CD2 #15 – Once in a Blue Moon
CD2 #16 – Magic Time
CD2 #17 – Playhouse
CD2 #18 – Sweet Thing (Live)