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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Van Morrison has always been a prolific artist, releasing nearly an album a year for 30 years. All the while, he had a stockpile of unreleased material in the vaults, much of which became legendary among collectors. A selection of this material was planned for inclusion in a box set, but when he realized the sheer amount of worthy material, he decided to separate the unreleased cuts and release them as the double-disc set The Philosopher's Stone. Certainly, the collection is for fans, but not just hardcore fans -- there are a number of great songs here, from "Madame Joy" and "Naked in the Jungle" to "Crazy Jane on God" and "The Street Only Knew Your Name." A ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Van Morrison has always been a prolific artist, releasing nearly an album a year for 30 years. All the while, he had a stockpile of unreleased material in the vaults, much of which became legendary among collectors. A selection of this material was planned for inclusion in a box set, but when he realized the sheer amount of worthy material, he decided to separate the unreleased cuts and release them as the double-disc set The Philosopher's Stone. Certainly, the collection is for fans, but not just hardcore fans -- there are a number of great songs here, from "Madame Joy" and "Naked in the Jungle" to "Crazy Jane on God" and "The Street Only Knew Your Name." A full 25 of the 30 tracks on the album have never been released in any form, while the remaining five -- "Wonderful Remark," "Real Real Gone," "Flamingoes Fly," "The Street Only Knew Your Name," and "Bright Side of the Road" -- are present in alternate takes. In all, The Philosopher's Stone is a welcome addition to Van Morrison's official catalog -- some of these songs are so good, it would have been a shame if they had stayed locked in the vaults.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/1998
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731453178946
  • Catalog Number: 531789

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Van Morrison Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
David Hayes Bass Guitar
Mark Isham Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ronnie Montrose Guitar, Background Vocals
Jules Broussard Flute, Horn
Smith Dobson Piano
John Allair Piano, Hammond Organ
Herbie Armstrong Guitar
Pee Wee Ellis Saxophone
Mick Cox Guitar
Clive Culbertson Bass Guitar
Bill Atwood Trumpet
June Boyce Vocals
Lee Charlton Drums
Bill Church Bass Guitar
Jackie DeShannon Background Vocals
Neil Drinkwater Drums
Mark T. Jordan Piano
John Klingberg Bass Guitar
Bernie Krause Moog Synthesizer
Jeff Labes Piano
Chris Michie Guitar
John Platania Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jerome Rimson Bass Guitar
Jack Schroer Horn, Saxophone
Dahaud Elias Shaar Drums
Annie Stocking Background Vocals
Bianca Thornton Background Vocals
Peter Van Hooke Drums
Pete Wingfield Piano
Gary Mallaber Drums
Roy Jones Drums
Pauline Lazano Background Vocals
Toni Marcus Violin
Technical Credits
Lead Belly Composer
The Chieftains Contributor
Brooks Arthur Engineer
Gary Ladinsky Engineer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Henry Lewy Engineer
John A. Lomax Composer
Van Morrison Producer
Jim Stern Engineer
Ted Templeman Producer
Ray Staff Mastering
Matthew Lawrence Digital Editing
David Conroy Digital Editing
William Matthieu Composer
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  • Posted March 24, 2012

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    Outtakes, Outtakes

    This is not where a Van Morrison beginner should start. Many of these songs didn't make much of an impression on me. Two of the ones that did are John Henry and Western Plain on Disc 2. Both of them are products of Van's America fixation. Bob Dylan and Springsteen seem to how great stuff in the can. Morrison, not so much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Favorite of all time!!!!!!!

    By far my favorite all time Van Morrison CD! To many songs on this CD that are my favorites to list. Just listen to a few and sit back and enjoy.

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