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T.B. Sheets [Best of]

Van Morrison Audio CD

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1. He Ain't Give You None
2. Beside You
3. It's All Right
4. Madame George
5. T.B. Sheets
6. Who Drove The Red Sports Car?
7. Ro Ro Rosey
8. Brown Eyed Girl

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Originally recorded in 1967, Van Morrison, already a much acclaimed artist, had recently left his band, Them, teamed up with the late producer/writer Bert Berns and together created the tracks which made up this album as well as his most important and most played hit 45 BROWN EYED GIRL. Out of print for some time, and for the first time remastered from the original BANG RECORDS/ EPIC RECORDS tapes, Friday Music is proud to announce Van Morrison's T.B. SHEETS. A precursor to Astral Weeks, this classic includes MADAME GEORGE, BESIDE YOU and the original hit version of BROWN EYED GIRL.

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars turning his insides out Nov. 13 2000
By "jasemana" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Well, unlike the popular opinion (it seems), this happens to be one of my favorite Van Morrison albums. I put it right up there with Moondance, Tupelo Honey and His Band & Street Choir.
The title track itself is an experiment in groove and worth the purchase alone ~ T.B. Sheets (track 5) is just over 9 minutes of a single musical theme while Van wails out vocals about having to face the untimely death of a dear friend, (based upon an actual event in his life, I believe. Yes, TB = tuberculosis.) It's bitter sweet, with his voice at the pinnacle of decadence, and his heart in every word as only Van Morrison can deliver.
Surprisingly, each of the other tunes are just as good. Considering that 'Brown Eyed Girl' appears here, which is probably what people notice first and end up buying the CD for, it actually manages to take a back seat to the other tracks. Perhaps due to so much air play and commercial over-saturation, I find myself listening to the lesser known tunes most of all.
It is difficult to sum up in only a few words, but the album seems to me a more free form recording than anything else he's released (live albums aside). Almost as if you've walked into a corner pub that Van Morrison happens to be playing at before his great popularity, and sit down to witness a blues artist turning his insides out. Although the album was indeed recorded in a studio, the songs, each one of them, are so very raw that this image always comes to mind when I listen to it.
'Madame George' is here, a quicker tempo version of the song, (the sorrowful 10 minute version to be found on Astral Weeks), and probably exemplifies the improvisational facet of the CD best of all. 'He Ain't Give You None, Beside You, It's All Right,' and 'Who Drove The Red Sports Car?' are all wonderful songs in a similar vein ~ blues driven and soulful. And, 'Ro Ro Rosey,' being the only truly UPbeat tune on the CD, adds a bit of the rock/pop element.
Excellent musicianship, soulful delivery, well produced and RAW ~ even if you do buy this CD for 'Brown Eyed girl,' you'll end up keeping in the changer for everything else.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Odes to Sickness and Delight April 14 2001
By "ionadh" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Van the Man, the Lion of Belfast, the young man who once wailed in rhapsodic tribute to the wicked charms of a girl named G-l-o-r-i-a, here sings love songs to the dying and ditties about red sports cars. I'm not impressed by the supposedly popular sentiment that this is a lesser work of Van Morrison's solo career, after he left Them in 1970; this is, in fact, one of my favorite Morrison recordings. "Madame George" and "T.B. Sheets" alternate between those typical Irish preoccupations, sin and salvation, sex and spirit, with the fire of an Otis Redding and the lyrical gifts of a William Butler Yeats. Van is capable of being sour and unpleasant on stage and in interviews, but you'd never know it from the boyish charm and effortless wit he flaunts on "Ro Ro Rosey" and "Who Drove the Red Sports Car?" The problem with saying Van Morrison has put out a less than completely satisfying work, as I see it, is this: any album put out by Van Morrison is superior to the complete recording careers of a hundred other musicians, so even his "lesser" accomplishments are records of stature and power, grace and pleasure - and this is no second-rate album, believe me. "T.B. Sheets" was recommended to me by a damn good friend of mine, who is himself a musician of impressive and abundant talents, and it made a believer out of me.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Much better alternatives on other Bang CD's Feb. 1 2005
By M. McM - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When this Lp first appeared around 1973 or so, it was a pretty good compilation.

Every decent track from his 1967 "Blowin' Your Mind" Lp is here as well as a few worthy cuts that were issued for the first time on this collection (back in 1973): the original Bang versions of "Beside You" (every bit as good as the "Astral Weeks" version if different) and "Madame George" (vastly inferior to the "Astral Weeks" version but still worth hearing once).

Good for what it is, it has since been trumped by two other CD releases, both of which retail for $9.98, just like this CD, but with nearly twice as much material.

If you want the original Lp in its original mixes, "Blowin' In Your Mind" was re-issued and remastered with bonus tracks in great sound from the original master tapes.

If you want a compilation of the best Bang tracks in good sound, "Bang Masters" from 1991 is VERY comprehensive. The only catch is it's remixed by Mark Wilder. It's a good remix, but if you're a purist, you may be bothered by that. Otherwise, the only other 'flaw' on "Bang Masters" is that it uses an alternate version of "He Ain't Give You None" rather than the original.

Economically, it just makes more sense to go with "Bang Masters" or the current edition of "Blowin' Your Mind."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some classics Nov. 22 2009
By ThisIs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this album in large part because way back when, I heard a version of "TB Sheets" on the soundtrack to the movie "Dogfight" and loved it. I think this album has a different version of the song, however, and I don't like it as much. As a cohesive album, I'd go for "Astral Weeks" over this one every time. One song on this album I could live without hearing ever again--even truly great songs can be killed by repetition. But a few are in my rotation. There is just something about Van Morrison's voice and songwriting that are just great.
5.0 out of 5 stars r March 28 2013
By Ron A - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The item was received on time and as described. It was packed for shipment in a careful and protective manner. I recommend this vendor.
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