The Best Of Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Van Morrison stopped having hits long before the release of the second volume of The Best of Van Morrison in 1993, so it's not practical to assume that its double-disc successor -- delivered a whopping 14 years later, compared to the three separating the first two volumes -- has songs that are familiar to a general audience. Nor should it be assumed that this is a collection of great songs that he's written in that decade-and-a-half, since this is chock-full of covers, including revivals of songs he recorded throughout his career. Furthermore, a full 14 songs -- the length of the first disc of this comp -- are credited as collaborations, and include some ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Van Morrison stopped having hits long before the release of the second volume of The Best of Van Morrison in 1993, so it's not practical to assume that its double-disc successor -- delivered a whopping 14 years later, compared to the three separating the first two volumes -- has songs that are familiar to a general audience. Nor should it be assumed that this is a collection of great songs that he's written in that decade-and-a-half, since this is chock-full of covers, including revivals of songs he recorded throughout his career. Furthermore, a full 14 songs -- the length of the first disc of this comp -- are credited as collaborations, and include some previously unreleased cuts that can be counted among a handful of rarities here. It's idiosyncratic, which perhaps could be expected from any comp assembled by the artist himself, but it's also accurate, and it helps makes sense of a rather odd stretch of album-making in a way that's necessary. Taken one at a time, Van's excursions into jazz, country, even skiffle seemed odd, but condensed into this 31-track set, it not only makes sense, it makes an argument that Van has been more true -- if not necessarily vital -- than many of his peers in his latter days. Instead of churning out songs that he's not inspired to write, he's relying on standards to find himself, and finding more inspiration in singing with others than flying solo. As individual records, some of these albums were bewildering, some were quite wonderful, but excerpted and sculpted into something resembling a testimonial, if not a narrative, it's easier to understand what Morrison was up to during a span where he never delivered one album as acclaimed or vital as Dylan or Young (or even McCartney or the Stones), but this goes a long way to proving that hardly means he stopped making good music. If anything, listening to his music in this fashion makes a strong argument for the value of this decade-and-a-half of recording better than any individual Van album from this time, so it's as worthy a listen for those fans who have followed him loyally over these 15 years as it is for those who bowed out around the time of the last The Best of Van Morrison.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2007
  • Label: Manhattan Records
  • UPC: 094637896822
  • Catalog Number: 78968
  • Sales rank: 21,611

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cry for Home (4:10)
  2. 2 Too Long in Exile (5:08)
  3. 3 Gloria (5:19)
  4. 4 Help Me With Junior Wells (6:25)
  5. 5 Lonely Avenue/4 O' Clock In the Morning - Jimmy Witherspoon (7:54)
  6. 6 Days Like This (3:14)
  7. 7 Ancient Highway (8:52)
  8. 8 Raincheck (5:53)
  9. 9 Moondance (4:56)
  10. 10 Centerpiece (3:16)
  11. 11 That's Life (4:30)
  12. 12 Benediction - Ben Sidran (3:01)
  13. 13 The Healing Game (5:17)
  14. 14 I Don't Want To Go On Without You - James C. Hunter (3:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Shenandoah (3:53)
  2. 2 Precious Time (3:08)
  3. 3 Back on Top (4:20)
  4. 4 When the Leaves Come Falling Down (5:38)
  5. 5 Lost John (2:57)
  6. 6 Tupelo Honey (3:37)
  7. 7 Meet Me in the Indian Summer (3:31)
  8. 8 Georgia on My Mind (5:37)
  9. 9 Hey Mr. DJ (3:49)
  10. 10 Steal My Heart Away (4:11)
  11. 11 Crazy Love (3:43)
  12. 12 Once in a Blue Moon (3:30)
  13. 13 Little Village (4:30)
  14. 14 Blue and Green (5:41)
  15. 15 Sitting on Top of the World (3:20)
  16. 16 Early in the Morning (4:50)
  17. 17 Stranded (5:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Van Morrison Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Bobby "Blue" Bland Vocals
John Lee Hooker Electric Guitar, Vocals
Junior Wells Harmonica, Vocals
Derek Bell Harp
David Hayes Bass
Ray Charles Piano, Vocals
Georgie Fame Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hammond B3
Carl Perkins Electric Guitar, Vocals
Chris Barber Background Vocals
Candy Dulfer Alto Saxophone
Annie Ross Vocals
Lonnie Donegan Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Alan Skidmore Alto Saxophone
John Allair Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Pee Wee Ellis Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals
Tom Jones Vocals
Brian Kennedy Background Vocals
Mick Cox Acoustic Guitar
Jim Sullivan Acoustic Guitar
Ian Thomas Drums
Geraint Watkins Piano, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
Phil Coulter Piano
Seán Keane Fiddle
Chris Hunt Drums
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Guy Barker Trumpet
Michael Bearden Keyboards
Liam Bradley Drums
Dave "Clem" Clempson Electric Guitar
Richard Cousins Bass
Alec Dankworth Double Bass
Geoff Dunn Percussion, Drums
Martin Fry Fiddle
Lee Goodall Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Leo Green Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals
Mick Green Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Kevin Hayes Drums
Pete Hurley Bass
Bobby Irwin Drums
Ian Jennings Double Bass
Tony Kadleck Trumpet
B.B. King Electric Guitar, Vocals
Nathaniel Kunkel Shaker
Teena Lyle Percussion, Piano, Recorder, Background Vocals, Vibes
Paddy Moloney uillean pipes, tin whistle
Rob Mathes Conductor
Arty McGlynn Acoustic Guitar
James McMillan Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jeff Mironov Electric Guitar
Nicky Payne Background Vocals
Steve Pearce Bass
Shawn Pelton Drums
Jerome Rimson Background Vocals
Ralph Salmins Drums
Jonn Savannah Piano, Background Vocals
Nicky Scott Bass, Electric Bass, Background Vocals
Ben Sidran Piano, Vocals
Kate St. John Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Chris Stainton Piano
Fonzi Thornton Background Vocals
Fiachra Trench Piano, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Alan Wickett Washboard
Jimmy Witherspoon Vocals
Yolanda Charles Bass
Foggy Lyttle Guitar, Electric Guitar
Joe Schenck Piano
James Hunter Guitar
Jeff Kievit Trumpet
Charles Pillow Tenor Saxophone
Robin Aspland Piano
Jerry Elston Electric Guitar
Rosie Wetters Strings
Martin Winning Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Stan Perkins Drums
Ronnie Johnson Electric Guitar
Sharon Riley Track Performer
Brian Connor Piano
Aine Whelan Background Vocals
The Irish Film Orchestra Track Performer
Shana Morrison Background Vocals
Haji Akbar Flugelhorn, Background Vocals
Matt Holland Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Background Vocals
Karen Hamill Background Vocals
Crawford Bell Background Vocals
Richard Dunn Piano, Hammond Organ
Gregg Perkins Bass
Paul "Turk" Henry Acoustic Guitar
Nadine Marsh Edwards Electric Guitar
Olwin Bell Background Vocals
Siobhan Pettit Background Vocals
Johnny Scott Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Chris Barber Background Vocals, Double Bass
James C. Hunter Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Haji Ahkba Background Vocals
Nick Payne Background Vocals
Richard Dunn Hammond B3
Johnny Scott Background Vocals
Sean Keanne Fiddle
Lee Goodall Alto Saxophone
Joe Schenk Piano
Jerry Elston Electric Guitar
Alan 'Sticky' Wicket Washboard
Teena Lyle Background Vocals
Mick Cox Acoustic Guitar
Stan Perkins Drums
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Georgie Fame Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Mose Allison Composer
Harry "Sweets" Edison Composer
Kelly Gordon Composer
Phil Coulter Producer
Bert Berns Composer
Kevin Doyle Engineer
Mick Glossop Engineer
Jon Hendricks Composer
Dean Kay Composer
Nathaniel Kunkel Engineer
Jim Lockhart Producer
Paddy Moloney Producer, Audio Production
Richard Manwaring Engineer
Brian Masterson Engineer
Van Morrison Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Doc Pomus Composer
Tristan Powell Engineer
Phil Ramone Producer
Walter Samuel Engineer
Ben Sidran Producer, Audio Production
Fiachra Trench String Arrangements
Jerry Wexler Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Stuart Bruce Engineer
Stuart Gorrell Composer
Michael Heatley Liner Notes
Enda Walsh Engineer
Alastair McMillan Engineer, Remixing
Matt Holland Horn Arrangements
Traditional Composer
Greg Hackett Engineer
John Mark Harris Engineer
Johnny Scott Vocal Arrangements
Barry Clemson Engineer
Paddy McBreen Engineer
Tim Young Mastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A more accurate rating would be 3 1/2 stars. The first two Van best-ofs were full of songs that grabbed your attention with hooks, lyrics, or texture. This time I found myself reading while listening with headphones. THe music is fine and well recorded but a lot of it just seems to be Morrison in a comfortable place with nothing new to say.

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