The Best of Van Morrison

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The Best of Van Morrison
Greatest hits album by Van Morrison
Released January 1990 (1990-01)
Recorded 1965-1989
Genre Rock
Length 75:54
Label Polydor
Producer Van Morrison, Bert Berns
Van Morrison chronology
Avalon Sunset
(1989)
The Best of Van Morrison
(1990)
Enlightenment
(1990)
Singles from The Best of Van Morrison
  1. "Gloria" b/w "Rave on, John Donne"
    Released: July 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (A)[2]

The Best of Van Morrison is a compilation album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music).

This was Morrison's first "Best of" album. It contained songs that were pulled from 25 years of material. It was one of the best-selling albums of the 90s, spending a year and a half on the UK charts[3] after debuting at No. 4, and a No. 1 in Australia on the ARIA Albums Chart.[4] In the U.S., The Best of became an album of longevity. It stayed on the charts for more than 4½ years without ever making the top 40.[5] In 2002, the album was certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA.[6] With the combined success of this album and the previous album, Avalon Sunset, Morrison was once again in the pop/rock mainstream after a decade. One of the songs, "Wonderful Remark", had previously only been available on the soundtrack of the film, The King of Comedy.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Van Morrison except as indicated.

  1. "Bright Side of the Road" – 3:45
  2. "Gloria" – 2:37
  3. "Moondance" – 4:31
  4. "Baby, Please Don't Go" (Big Joe Williams) – 3:03
  5. "Have I Told You Lately" – 4:18
  6. "Brown Eyed Girl" – 3:03 - The mono single edit
  7. "Sweet Thing" – 4:22
  8. "Warm Love" – 3:21
  9. "Wonderful Remark" – 3:58
  10. "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)" – 2:57
  11. "Full Force Gale" – 3:12
  12. "And It Stoned Me" – 4:30
  13. "Here Comes the Night" (Bert Berns) – 2:46
  14. "Domino" – 3:08
  15. "Did Ye Get Healed?" – 4:06
  16. "Wild Night" – 3:31
  17. "Cleaning Windows" – 4:42
  18. "Whenever God Shines His Light" (duet with Cliff Richard) – 4:54
  19. "Queen of the Slipstream" – 4:53
  20. "Dweller on the Threshold" (Morrison, Hugh Murphy) – 4:47

The 1998 Australian/New Zealand re-release of the album also includes "Days Like This" (3:13) as the seventh track, for a total of 21 tracks.

In 1998, the album was remastered and re-released, this time with the original stereo album version of "Brown-Eyed Girl".[citation needed]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1990 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1

Album - UK Album Chart

Year Chart Position
1990 UK Album Chart 4[7]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1990 The Billboard 200 41

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Heylin, Can You Feel The Silence, p. 437
  4. ^ "The Best of Van Morrison". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  5. ^ "Van Morrison on the Billboard 200". Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "RIAA – Searchable Database: Van Morrison". Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ Chart Stats: Van Morrison

References[edit]

Preceded by
Cuts Both Ways by Gloria Estefan
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
19 August - 8 September 1990
Succeeded by
Two Fires by Jimmy Barnes