Thursday, 15 October 2015

Art of the Cover - Van Morrison's "Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue" (2015)

Ah, Van's wonderful scrapbook!

Yap, the cantankerous curmudgeon is back again ... and with a few pals in  tow!

Yap, Morrison‘s 35th studio album, the snappily titled, Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue, has the Irish legend paired up with some of the greatest names in music, including Mark Knopfler, Michael Bublé, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Steve Winwood, Chris Farlowe, Natalie Cole, Joss Stone and more, singing an array of deep cuts from Morrison’s vast catalogue of songs. 

“Real Real Gone,” Morrison’s duet with Bublé, is a high-energy standout, with Bublé’s vocals meshing perfectly with Morrison’s while also showing a slightly ragged yet relaxed delivery that we don’t normally see on Bublé’s more polished albums. 

And that’s part of the appeal of this record: all of these marquee vocalists sing with Morrison the way we’ve been singing with Morrison’s records for more than 50 years — openly, joyously, freely. 


1. “Some Peace of Mind” with Bobby Womack
(original version released on Hymns to the Silence, 1991)

2. “Lord, If I Ever Needed Someone” with Mavis Staples
(original version released on His Band and the Street Choir, 1970)

3. “Higher Than the World” with George Benson
(original version released on Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, 1983)

4. “Wild Honey” with Joss Stone
(original version released on Common One, 1980)

5. “Whatever Happened to P.J. Proby” with P.J. Proby
(original version released on Down the Road, 2002)

6. “Carrying a Torch” with Clare Teal
(original version released on Hymns to the Silence, 1991)

7. “The Eternal Kansas City” with Gregory Porter
(original version released on A Period of Transition, 1977)

8. “Streets of Arklow” with Mick Hucknall
(original version released on Veedon Fleece, 1974)

9. “These are the Days” with Natalie Cole
(original version released on Avalon Sunset, 1989)

10. “Get on With the Show” with Georgie Fame
(original version released on What’s Wrong With This Picture, 2003)

11. “Rough God Goes Riding” with Shana Morrison
(original version released on The Healing Game, 1997)

12. “Fire in the Belly” with Steve Winwood
(original version released on The Healing Game, 1997)

13. “Born to Sing” with Chris Farlowe
(original version released on No Plan B, 2012)

14. “Irish Heartbeat” with Mark Knopfler
(original version released on Irish Heartbeat, 1988)

15. “Real Real Gone” with Michael Bublé
(original version released on Enlightenment, 1990)

16. “How Can a Poor Boy” with Taj Mahal
(original version released on Keep It Simple, 2008)

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