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|7. Ro Ro Rosey|
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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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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.
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."