The Best Of Vol. 3

The Best Of Vol. 3

by Van MorrisonVan Morrison


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2007
Label: Manhattan Records
UPC: 0094637896822
catalogNumber: 78968
Rank: 27622

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
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
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
Ian Thomas   Drums

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Georgie Fame   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Mose Allison   Composer
Harry Edison   Composer
Kelly Gordon   Composer
Phil Coulter   Producer
Bert Berns   Composer
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
Kevin Doyle   Engineer

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