Van Morrison - Still On Top: The Greatest Hits (Polydor)
18 Dec 2007
"victim to the same curse of all 'best of' collections from any well loved artist; depending on your own personal morrison highlights, you will either love this album or find it bitterly disappointing..."; release - '07
Firstly, it's worth mentioning that no bad words can really be said about Van Morrison. Irrespective of whether you actually like his music of not, no one can rightfully deny that the man is a legend. Thus, the promise of a Greatest Hits collection is likely to unearth some long forgotten or undervalued gems.
There are obvious choices on the album, such as the booze induced 4am pub anthem 'Brown Eyed Girl', likewise mums favourites 'Have I Told You Lately' and 'Days Like This' are present to keep the generation gap happy. However, none of Morrison's songs are loved for no good reason, so you may just find yourself doing the two-step side shuffle in your bedroom to the croonier tracks when no one is looking.
Of course when dealing with a body of work this splendid, there are obviously some greats that didn't make the cut, like the beautiful 'Sweet Thing'. For this reason Still On Top is likely to cause pint-fuelled debate as to its accuracy as a complete retrospective. However, when there are so many good songs to choose from, it's difficult to get into the whats and wherefores of which song should appear on which retrospective release.
Thus Still On Top is victim to the same curse of all 'Best Of' collections from any well loved artist; depending on your own personal Morrison highlights, you will either love this album or find it bitterly disappointing. Yet, whichever your viewpoint, the aforementioned fact still remains- the man is a legend. Still on top? Indeed.
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