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  • Audio CD (3 Nov. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: London
  • ASIN: B000007V3S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Sheehan on 9 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic double album of mid sixties R & B tracks from the Belfast based group which included Van Morrison in the line up. It is a pity that the group didn't stay together long enough to have made a bigger impact but they did have a number of Top 10 hits in the shape of Baby please don't go and Here comes the night which are both included here with their "B" sides.

Some of my favourite tracks are, I'm gonna dress in black; One more time; The story of Them; Richard Cory and Route 66. It has to be said that all the tracks are of a very high standard and I don't believe there is a bad track on the 2 dics, but, I do think disc 1 is marginally better than disc 2.

The music is reminiscent of the Animals and also of early Rolling Stones. If you like their music you will also enjoy this double album, and if you are a Van Morrison fan, you will certainly like it. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Numinous Ugo on 14 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is the sound of Them with Van Morrison. I was only vaguely aware of Them other than the singles when I was young so when I saw this I considered it as the complete Them.I did have the twom original albums on vinyl (pre CD re-issues)so this gave me all of that plus more, but as I will point out later this is not the end of Them.

Decca really did throw away great talent in the 60s and early 70s, they turned down the Beatles and frittered away the talents of the Zombies and this brilliant band. The pressure to fit them into a marketing pigeon-hole lead to various line-up changes and Van Morrison's departure.

There is however some wonderful stuff on here, a real R'n'B band with a punch of really committed delivery.There are some great songs like Mystic Eyes, Gloria, Here Comes the Night and a version of (Get Your Kicks On ) Route 66 that sounds very much like the Stones version except that Morrision's vocal delivery has a brooding quality where Jagger is more celebratory.

So do buy this great piece of pop history but don't think that is it with Them. There was a post-Morrison life with part of the band forming a new band (who could not use the name) called the Belfast Gypsies and who cheekily called their album Them Belfast Gypsies, with clever cover layout and different typefaces most people saw it as a Them album. There was also the new Them who produced a couple of pyschedelic laced albums in 1968 (Now and Them & Time Out! Time In for Them) before breaking up yet again but reforming as a duo (Alan Henderson with American vocalist and multi-instrumsntalist Jerry Cole and studio support from Ry Cooder & Jack Nitzsche allegedly) for the album Them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Morten Vindberg on 13 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This 2 CD compilation of Van Morrison's Them at first sight seem to contain everything a fan of Morrison's early recordings with the various incarnations of his band "Them" could wish for.

The music is digitally remastered and the large majority of the tracks sound great. All the group's singles, their two albums, their EP-tracks - in short everything seems to have been to be included - with one single exception: My favorite track from the 1976 collection "Rock Roots" - "Mighty Like a Rose" is not here. Is this an oversight? No, the notes can tell that "the demo "Mighty Like a Rose" has been excluded from this album". I wonder if Morrison himself has decided that this should be left out - justifying it by calling it a demo? It can be difficult to see logic in this - the sound "Roots Rock" is definitely good - better than several of the other tracks on that album. I think the song is among the best Morrison wrote to the group, and his vocals are top notch. Could there be something in the lyrics which makes him feel embarrased? I find the lyrics somewhat akin to the classic "Brown Eyed Girl".

Well, no more of the deficiencies. This really is a nice release, and Them recorded along with The Pretty Things, The Animals and the Rolling Stones some the best r&b music which was released in Britain in the mid-Sixties.

Most famous probably are "Gloria," "Mystic Eyes" and "Here Comes the Night" - but most of what is here is of very high quality and no songs could be called outright weak. Morrison's vocals are in themselves a scoop - especially on melodic blues ballads like "One More Time," "I Gave My Love a Diamond", "If You and I Could Be As Two", "I'm Gonna Dress in Black, "" You Just Can not Win "and" My Lonely Sad Eyes ".
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Ovidio Carro Rey on 20 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
The beginning of Van Morrison's career as one of the best artists of our time is simply amazing. This collection of jewels makes us understand how much we music lovers have lost since groups like this existed. Songs like "Don't look back" or "Could you, would you" show how the ballads should be sung, while "Baby, please don't go" or "Gloria" are pure energy. Many tracks were written by Mr. Morrison himself, proving that he has always been a great songwriter, besides of being a wonderful singer. Here, in these almost 50 marvels, you will discover it.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Van could do it all from slow soulful numbers(One more time) to fast, raw songs such as (route 66, Gloria and baby please don't go) if you like the Rolling Stones or anything bluesey you'll love this. In his earlier days Vans voice was brilliant sounding spitting image of Jagger.
This album has only 5 songs out of about 50 i don't like thats how good it is.
Listening to the album you feel as though it was recorded all while they were doing a live gig!!
All in all this is an excellent collection of a great blues band that are sadly overlooked by the larger more commercial bands around that time.
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