Wonderful Remark

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"Wonderful Remark"
Song by Van Morrison from the album The Best of Van Morrison
Released January 1990
Genre Classic rock
Length 3:58
Label Polydor Records
Writer Van Morrison
Composer Van Morrison
Producer Van Morrison
The Best of Van Morrison track listing
  1. "Bright Side of the Road"
  2. "Gloria"
  3. "Moondance"
  4. "Baby, Please Don't Go" (Big Joe Williams)
  5. "Have I Told You Lately"
  6. "Brown Eyed Girl"
  7. "Sweet Thing"
  8. "Warm Love"
  9. "Wonderful Remark"
  10. "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)"
  11. "Full Force Gale"
  12. "And It Stoned Me"
  13. "Here Comes the Night" (Bert Berns)
  14. "Domino"
  15. "Did Ye Get Healed?"
  16. "Wild Night"
  17. "Cleaning Windows"
  18. "Whenever God Shines His Light"
  19. "Queen of the Slipstream"
  20. "Dweller on the Threshold" (Hugh Murphy/Morrison)

"Wonderful Remark" is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and first released on the soundtrack album for the 1983 film The King of Comedy.[1][2] In 1990, it appeared on his album The Best of Van Morrison and on the benefit compilation Nobody's Child: Romanian Angel Appeal.

Recording[edit]

The song was originally recorded in August 1969 at one of the Moondance studio sessions at Century Sound Studios in New York City, but this version of the song was not released. The eight minute version that was released on the 1998 compilation album, The Philosopher's Stone, was derived from one of the Saint Dominic's Preview recording sessions in late winter and early spring, 1972 that took place at Wally Heider Studios and Pacific High Studios in San Francisco and at the Church in San Anselmo.[3]

Legacy[edit]

On February 14, 1994 when Van Morrison was awarded the BRIT Award for his outstanding contribution to British music, Beirut hostage John McCarthy testified to the importance of "Wonderful Remark" which he called "a song written more than 20 years ago that was very important to us."[4] McCarthy and Jill Morrell had written a book together in 1993, after McCarthy's release, using the words "some other rainbow" from "Wonderful Remark" for the book's title.[5]

Clinging to some other rainbow
While we're standing, waiting in the cold
Telling us the same old story
Knowing time is growing old.

Other releases[edit]

A version of "Wonderful Remark" was recorded in 1972, and was featured in the outtake compilation album The Philosopher's Stone that was released in 1998. It was included in the soundtrack to the film The King of Comedy, and this version was one of the movie songs featured on the 2007 compilation album Van Morrison at the Movies - Soundtrack Hits. Morrison donated the soundtrack recording to the benefit album Nobody's Child: Romanian Angel Appeal. A remastered version of "Wonderful Remark" has been included on the 2007 compilation album, Still on Top - The Greatest Hits.

Personnel on original release[edit]

Personnel on The Philosopher's Stone[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Discogs.com: The King of Comedy OST
  2. ^ Allmusic: The King of Comedy Original Soundtrack
  3. ^ Heylin, Can You Feel the Silence?, pp. 519, 520
  4. ^ Rogan, No Surrender, p. 419
  5. ^ "Some Other Rainbow". listbooks.co.uk. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  6. ^ "Soundtrack album: The King of Comedy". theband.hiof.no. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 

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