Van Morrison – Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue

Ol’ Van Morrison loves a duet, doesn’t he? The cynic might dismiss this as an enlightened but opportunistic way of recycling some dusty old material. But ‘re-working’ is the key and Van delves deep to breathe new life into some relatively lesser-known gems ranging from 1974’s Streets Of Arklow (from Veedon Fleece) to Get On With The Show (What’s Wrong With This Picture?, 2003), rejuvenating them with persuasive soul and passion. With Don Was and Bob Rock at the controls, Van is on fire, his intensity and determined energy inspiring his hardy collaborators. P.J. Proby is a revelation on Whatever Happened To P.J. Proby; daughter Shona convincingly plunges into Rough God Goes Riding, and Clare Teal makes a showstopping contribution to Carrying A Torch. He returns to his most recent album, No Plan B, for a riproaring Born To Sing with Chris Farlowe and even Michael Bublé breaks sweat on Real Real Gone. It’s joyous. Here’s Van and the late Bobby Womack teamed up on Some Peace Of Mind from Hymns To The Silence...

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