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Legacy Recordings acquires Van Morrison catalogue

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Legacy Recordings has released a new “Essential Van Morrison” collection and digital editions of 33 albums after acquiring the rights to Van Morrison’s solo recordings from 1971 to present. The deal also includes all of Morrison’s recordings with Them.

The Essential Van Morrison

Adam Block, President of Legacy Recordings, says:

Van Morrison is one of the great singers, performers and musical artists in the history of recorded music. He continues to touch the hearts and souls of millions with the emotional power and spiritual truths of his songs. Legacy Recordings is proud to partner with Van to help him protect and curate his astounding catalog and to be given the opportunity to bring his music to whole new generations of fans around the world.

Essential Van Morrison

The 37-track, career-spanning “Essential Van Morrison” collection is available as a digital and 2-CD physical release on Friday, August 28. The 33 albums debut on iTunes on the same day. Many of these titles have never been available for streaming and the catalogue has been long unavailable online through iTunes or other DSPs.

The tracklist for “Essential Van Morrison” is as follows:

Disc 1

  1. Gloria (w. Them)
  2. Here Comes The Night (w. Them)
  3. Spanish Rose
  4. Brown Eyed Girl
  5. Astral Weeks
  6. The Way Young Lovers Do
  7. Moondance
  8. Crazy Love
  9. And It Stoned Me
  10. Into The Mystic
  11. Domino
  12. Wild Night
  13. Tupelo Honey
  14. Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)
  15. Warm Love
  16. Fair Play
  17. Caravan
  18. Hungry For Your Love
  19. Cleaning Windows (Live).

Disc 2

  1. Bright Side Of The Road
  2. And The Healing Has Begun
  3. Tore Down A La Rimbaud
  4. Someone Like You
  5. Irish Heartbeat (w. The Chieftains)
  6. Whenever God Shines His Light (w. Cliff Richard)
  7. Have I Told You Lately
  8. Real Real Gone
  9. Enlightenment
  10. Why Must I Always Explain?
  11. Days Like This
  12. That s Life
  13. Rough God Goes Riding
  14. Precious Time
  15. Once In A Blue Moon
  16. Magic Time
  17. Playhouse
  18. Sweet Thing (Live).

Digital albums available now

Legacy Recordings has released the following albums digitally and via streaming platforms:

Forthcoming new Van Morrison releases on the Legacy label will include a new career-spanning single CD compilation and deluxe Legacy Editions of Van Morrison solo albums: “Saint Dominic’s Preview”, “It’s Too Late To Stop Now”, “Hard Nose The Highway” and “Enlightenment”.

The deal also covers the albums Morrison recorded with the band “Them” and later complilations, namely:

  • The Angry Young Them (1965)
  • Them – EP (1965)
  • Them Again (1966)
  • Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation, 1972)
  • The Story of Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation, 1997).

Rhino Expanded Editions

The Sony deal does not cover “Astral Weeks”, “Moondance” or “His Band And The Street Choir”. However, Rhino has announced this week that expanded editions of “Astral Weeks” and “His Band And The Street Choir” will be released in October.

The tracklists for the Rhino expanded editions are as follows:

Astral Weeks

  1. Astral Weeks
  2. Beside You
  3. Sweet Thing
  4. Cyprus Avenue
  5. The Way Young Lovers Do
  6. Madame George
  7. Ballerina
  8. Slim Slow Slider

    Bonus Tracks – Previously Unreleased

  9. Beside You (Take 1)
  10. Madame George (Take 4)
  11. Ballerina (Long Version)
  12. Slim Slow Slider (Long Version).

His Band And The Street Choir

  1. Domino
  2. Crazy Face
  3. Give Me A Kiss
  4. I’ve Been Working
  5. Call Me Up In Dreamland
  6. I’ll Be Your Lover, Too
  7. Blue Money
  8. Virgo Clowns
  9. Gypsy Queen
  10. Sweet Jannie
  11. If I Ever Needed Someone
  12. Street Choir

    Bonus Tracks – Previously Unreleased

  13. Call Me Up In Dreamland (Take 10)
  14. Give Me A Kiss (Take 3)
  15. Gypsy Queen (Take 3)
  16. I’ve Been Working (Alternate Version)
  17. I’ll Be Your Lover, Too (Alternate Version).

Rhino released a deluxe edition of “Moondance” in 2013.

Van Morrison was awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in June for his “services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland.” A week later he received the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala in New York City. He will celebrate his 70th birthday on August 31 with two concert performances as part of the closing event of the Belfast EastSide Arts Festival 2015.


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