Van Morrison - Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue

Double Album 2LP Black Vinyl Records, US Pressing

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Duets: Reworking The Catalogue is the 35th studio album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in March 2015 by RCA Records.

The duets album is often a stroke session that involves a minimum of thought - but not for Van Morrison. Duets is as cantankerous and eccentric as any of the man's other projects.

Rather than just bring in a few glossy names to decorate his greatest hits, he digs up deep cuts from mostly overlooked albums, and his partners range from grizzled vets - Steve Winwood, Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal - to surprise guests like Natalie Cole, Mark Knopfler and Michael Bublé, and they rise to the Van challenge, helping him rescue songs that only die-hards know.

Duets opens with the late Bobby Womack on a searing "Some Peace Of Mind", from the 1991 album Hymns To The Silence, and Mavis Staples sounds raw and weathered on 1970's "Lord, If I Ever Needed Someone". Knopfler's voice and guitar seem right at home in "Irish Heartbeat", just as George Benson's smooth-jazz touch lifts "Higher Than The World".

The surreal highlight comes when Van teams up with Mick Hucknall. He torches up the poetic Celt ramble "Streets Of Arklow", from the unjustly forgotten 1974 cult classic Veedon Fleece. It's a gem that only could have been imagined by a crank of Morrison's brilliance.

That's what makes Duets more than a tribute to the obscure corners of his songbook or his undimmed growl - it's a tribute to his pugnacity.

Check out the tracks: “Streets Of Arklow”; "Some Peace Of Mind" and “Irish Heartbeat”. 

This double album 2LP record set is on black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve, pressed in the US.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Some Peace Of Mind (with Bobby Womak)

5:15

A2

If I Ever Needed Someone (with Mavis Staples)

3:49

A3

Higher Than The World (with George Benson)

3:48

A4

Wild Honey (with Joss Stone)

6:22

B1

Whatever Happened To P.J. Proby (wWith PJ Proby)

3:42

B2

Carrying A Torch (with Clare Teal)

4:52

B3

The Eternal Kansas City (with Gregory Porter)

4:10

B4

Streets Of Arklow (with Mick Hucknall)

4:57

C1

These Are The Days (with Natalie Cole)

3:51

C2

Get On With The Show (with Georgie Fame)

4:41

C3

Rough God Goes Riding (with Shana Morrison)

4:23

C4

Fire In The Belly (with Steve Winwood)

6:40

D1

Born To Sing (with Chris Farlowe)

3:59

D2

Irish Heartbeat (with Mark Knopfler)

5:14

D3

Real Real Gone (with Michael Bublé)

4:00

D4

How Can A Poor Boy? (with Taj Mahal)

6:34

SKU 888750684417
Record Label RCA Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88875 06844 1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 13 March 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 13 March 2015
Barcode # 888750684417
Shipping Weight 0.4750kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Blues
Genre Jazz
Genre Folk
Format VINYL LP

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