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Still On Top - The Greatest Hits [CD]

Van Morrison Audio CD
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One of music’s true originals Van Morrison’s unique and inspirational musical legacy is rooted in postwar Belfast.
Born in 1945 Van heard his Shipyard worker father’s collection of blues, country and gospel early in life.

Feeding off musical greats such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Leadbelly he was a travelling musician at 13 ... Read more in Amazon's Van Morrison Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (22 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000WAEK04
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
2. Dweller On The Threshold
3. Whenever God Shines His Light - Van Morrison, Cliff Richard
4. Moondance
5. Bright Side Of The Road
6. Brown Eyed Girl
7. Wavelength
8. Crazy Love
9. Someone Like You
10. When Will I Ever Learn To Live In God
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Precious Time
2. Domino
3. Here Comes The Night - Them
4. Little Village
5. And It Stoned Me
6. Days Like This
7. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
8. Cleaning Windows
9. Baby Please Don't Go - Them
10. Back On Top
See all 19 tracks on this disc

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BBC Review

Astral Weeks is widely regarded as one of the greatest records ever made; its creator Van Morrison's singular oeuvre has continued ever since to be a mystifying (and mystical) fusion of Celtic folk, classical, soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. The pleasure derived from listening to Van Morrison is often guilty one but you'll find his Best Of tucked away somewhere in many a collection. While he has released seemingly innumerable compilations this is the first time that he has released a comprehensive Greatest Hits.

This 37-track double album covers his five-decade career. Kicking off the sixties period in fine style is the vital rock 'n' roll rebel yell "Gloria", laid down by young Van and his first band, Them. Yes it's over-familiar, but then it's been covered by a Who's Who of Rock, from The Doors to Jimi Hendrix. From the same decade, "Here Comes The Night" features that jaunty warbling typical of the sixties but turned bittersweet by the addition of some throaty howling and a theme of rejection.

Then on into the sunnier seventies! "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)" is the Van Morrison song that most people know and secretly love. Soulful and uplifting, it's awash with lyrical hooks powered by his increasingly mellifluous voice, and backed with pumping horns and rhythm section. It also showcases his signature utterances and vocalisations, the do-de-de-doos and dang-a-lang-a-langs, which are pure homage to his soul and doo-wop influences. Check out his Louis Armstrong growling on the honky tonking "Bright Side Of The Road" and just try not to enjoy it.

Through the nineties and noughties he has increasingly forgone the energy of his younger days to produce transcendent instant classics which skate along a precipice of sentimentality and steer well clear of modernity. "Have I told you Lately" is timeless piece of soul which you'd not place as from 1989. By "Days Like This" his voice is like oak.

Van is still hard at it, doing two gigs a week and giving some of the best performances around. Perhaps he should consider doing a Prince and give all those closet fans a chance to file out to Greenwich alongside the diehards and pack out the 02 for a few nights. --James Young

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent introduction to Van 16 Oct 2007
By fleet22
Format:Audio CD
If you've only heard odd songs from the master then this could be the double album for you. And it's exceptionally good value with so many classic tracks. Be wary though because once you've listened to some of the classics featured here, you'll be flashing the credit card to buy up his back catalogue. If like me you've a stack of Van already in your collection then there is no real need to buy this one.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van is the Man 2 Nov 2007
By Crazy Bald Heid VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Whilst the man himself may be a mumbling incoherent miserabalist this belies the soul of one of the great romantic poets of our time.

From the early years as front man of Them, a kind of forgotten band but their classics Here Comes the Night and Gloria are widely known. His solo canon is quite incredible, he has a style of his own, soulful in a way that polished, modern, oversung "R&B" can never be, love songs of impossible, impassioned and often fragile beauty - everyone knows Have I Told You Lately and uplifting songs such as Domino, Brown Eyed Girl and Jackie Wilson. But there is plenty more light and shade in between.

This is a great sampler that is well remastered and does his legacy justice. Not a duff track to be found. Hell, I even like his duet with Cliff Richard, which has two things that make me rabid, Cliff and God. Now, that is power.

Be warned though - you will be off buying Astral Weeks, Moondance and the rest of his albums now that your appetite is whetted. You won't be disappointed.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gem from the Belfast Cowboy.... 24 Oct 2007
By Mino
Format:Audio CD
Agree with everything said here already. However if you plan on getting his back catalogue, don't leave it too long as loads of his albums are no longer in CD production. You may see these from 50 -200 on EBay!! So you have been warned.
Also don't forget there is a 3-CD version of this Greatest Hits (Special edition)- for the sake of a few pounds more - get that one instead. It has the same cover.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still An Underappreciated Genius 29 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
Yes, yes, just recently Greatest Hits V 3 was released and that had quite a few unreleased and obscure gems on it, but this is so far the best comprehensive set of Morrison's greatest hits. There are always a few songs we'd all like to see added to this compilation, but they do a reasonable job of assembling his most popular work. Kudo's for the inclusion of "Celtic New Year" and leaving off songs from some of his duet albums and his abysmal "Pay the Devil" CD. Overall a great place to start if you're a begginer to Morrison's vast catalogue, and the third CD has some great tracks that perhaps should have made the first two discs, like "Hymns to the Silence" and "Rough God Goes Riding." Nothing is perfect, but these CD's are as close as anyone has gotten to summing up Van's work. Highly recommended!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely 'still on top' 16 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is great! There is not ONE song that isn't worth five stars. I have loved Van Morrison's music since the 60's & this compilation shows just how great a writer & performer he is. He might be a bit of a miserable sod most of the time, but I wasn't inviting him for dinner so that isn't a problem. Add this to your CD collection. You will love it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 29 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'm sure that I'm not alone in mourning the absence of certain tracks on this extensive compilation, namely, 'Sense Of Wonder', 'Summertime In England', 'Sweet Thing' and 'It's All In The game' (the version from the 'In The Mood' CD is possibly the best cover version of any song by any artist).

However, despite the absense of this handful of songs, this is still a must have compilation. Spanning Van's extensive career, it captures not only the few commercial 'hits' that Van has recorded (such as 'Gloria', 'Brown Eyed Girl' and 'Here Comes The Night'), but extends into his more self-indulgent moments found buried within his many albums as well as including a selection of popular songs featured in movies ('Someone Like You', 'Moondance' and 'Days Like This' are possibly the best of these). Unlike one of the previous contributors, I am particularly fond of these longer, self-indulgent tracks and am particularly pleased to find the likes of 'Tupelo Honey' and 'Listen To The Lion' featured here.

If you are going to have only one Van album in your collection, then this has to be it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's cut to the chase 3 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
What was/is this? - It's a 3 disc best of a musical icon's long and varied career. It was used as a taster for the remastering and re-issuing of Van's back catalogue, which started shortly after this album's initial release.
Who is it for? - the 2 Cd version of this is for the casual/curious fan who's heard a few songs but doesn't really have any of them in his or her's music collection (for those that don't want 2cds then buy The Best of Van Morrison Vol.1). The 3cd version is for already established fans who don't have everything or the exceedingly curious. Either version is good starter for 10.
Does it replace previous collections? - Yes and No. Most of the first 2 volumes of the "Best of VM" are here. The Best of Van Morrison Vol.3. issued a few months before this album came out was a bit more specialist, had more alternate takes and was mainly for the hardcore fan. All 3 volumes of the best of series and also this album were compiled by Van himself.
Does it have everything you'll ever need by this artist? - No. As has been mentioned in previous reviews you can never please every Van the Man fan with just one collection. There were no tracks taken from Astral Weeks (VM's most acclaimed album) because at the time of this release the original master tapes couldn't be found. This album has since been remastered but only reissued in Japan (not sure what tapes were used for the remastering). There are a quite a few other songs that could/should be here but exactly what they are will change from fan to fan. You could buy this and build your own playlist (something most fans will have done already).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars nice coolection
I am a mobile Dj , was asked to play some of VMs tracks at a birthday party, as I only had 1x track of his, so I got this,good value from market place.
Published 1 month ago by patrick vanspall
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A really good compilation of the great mans best material. This is a double album that you will not get tired listening to.
Published 2 months ago by Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars CD content great..
The CD was exactly what I expected. However on arrival,the case was cracked and broken and on first play I was disappointed as the first 3 tracks jumped. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Teresa Duggan
5.0 out of 5 stars oh how I missed his tunes
I am really glad I bought this CD the list of songs are the ones that I remember most. Well worth the purchase
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
I ordered used CD ''like new'' and I got it like new in few days. I will do it again.
Published 4 months ago by Andrej
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a Gift
A classic - bought as a gift and has been never off the CD player since Christmas. A great item.
Published 5 months ago by Tony Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Warning- Different versions of CD and Autorip
Tried to buy box set of this with Autorip. All of the music files for the box set downloaded, however when the CD arrived in the post, there was only one CD in a cardboard case. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Iain Cochrane
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic selection
All the greats - plus songs he recorded with 'Them.' A great album that led me to discover loads of great Van Morrison material that I had not previously heard. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Matthew Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Van the Man
Good collection of old tracks, and was good value at the price. Assuming those interested will already be aware of this performer, he's been around for so long.
Published 6 months ago by M. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch
I knew Van Morrison from Sense of Wonder and some of his well known hits, but this introduced me to numbers from other periods in his 40 plus year career and it is very enjoyable.
Published 7 months ago by A E Owens
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