After my Playlist of best Van Morrison songs to celebrate his knighthood I thought I would put a covers package together too. The songs are chosen as a radio show cycle. You might see a few themes and those I might have faded together were I to do the actual show.
One, Two Brown Eyes by Energy Orchard from Energy Orchard
Belfast band Energy Orchard have done many a Van cover. I chose this one because it is not often done and though their versions of Madame George and Gloria are great too they are surpassed by legends later in this playlist. Great debut album by a Belfast band who could have been huge!
My Lonely Sad Eyes by Maria McKee from You Gotta Sin, To Get Saved
I simply love Maria’s two Van covers on this record.
And It Stoned Me by Duke Special from Songs From The Deep Forest (Bonus Version)
Another Belfast boy, living streets away from Hyndford Street at the time, recorded this lovely version. Duke brought it back home from Woodstock to Belfast
Brown Eyed Girl by Brian Kennedy from Interpretations
From an east Belfast man to a west Belfast man. Kennedy has some great Van covers and I love the way he slows this one right down to dig out even more depths in a song. Van spoke of this as a throw away pop. Other pop writers dream!
The Way Young Lovers Do by Jeff Buckley from Live At Sin-é
Buckley loved Morrison too. Here’s one in the meandering spirit of Astral Weeks.
TB Sheets by John Lee Hooker from Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive
One of Van’s heroes does Van.
Jackie Wilson Says (I’m in Heaven) by Dexy’s Midnight Runners from Too-Rye-Ay
Dexy’s took Van into the top 5 and brought his Caledonian Soul Orchestra sound into the 80s where he continued to be a major influence.
Wild Night by John Mellencamp from Rough Harvest
A rocked out version from one of the many artists who built a career on the Van Morrison sound.
Moondance by Over The Rhine from Live From Nowhere Volume 1
My very favourite band thrilled me with this romantic version of one of Janice and my favourite songs.
Have I Told You Lately by Rod Stewart from Rod Stewart Unplugged
Morrison’s songs are made for Rod Stewart’s voice. Why he did more Dylan than Morrison beats me. Following Over The Rhine. Oooh!
Someone Like You by Shawn Colvin from One Fine Day (soundtrack)
As I have already said on my Van playlist this is OUR song.
Crazy Love by Paloma Faith from Dermot O’Leary Presents The Saturday Sessions 2015
The most recent cover on the playlist, this one has maybe the most versions but Paloma stole in wither quirk and those Gospel backing singers!
Tupelo Honey by Cassandra Wilson from Blue Light ’Til Dawn
Jazz queen does this one justice.
Sometimes We Cry by Tom Jones from Re-Load
Tom wanted to be Van Morrison perhaps. Covered a few of Van’s songs on Carry A Torch.
At The Crossroads by Solomon Burke from Make Do With What You Got
The only song in this playlist not recorded by Van himself, Burke is a perfect conduit for Morrison's muse with his Gospel/blues deep soul voice. Van even wrote the sleeve notes!
Angelou by Deacon Blue from Raintown (Box Set)
Deacon Blue were another late 80s outfit very influenced by Morrison; street names, place and transcendence. Here is one of their many live covers, the only one sadly to make release.
I’m Tired Joey Boy by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers from Playback - The Other Sides
Petty loves Van and this is a quirky cover.
Bright End Of The Street by Hothouse Flowers from No Prima Donna
This Dublin band are another natural vehicle for Morrison songs.
Into The Mystic by Joe Cocker from Organic
Love Joe Cocker’s voice. Love his Organic record and love this one most of all.
Beautiful Vision by Brian Kennedy & Shana Morrison from A Night In San Francisco
Very celtic version from Van’s live album that used both these wonderful voices; A Night In San Francisco.
Madame George by Marianne Faithfull from No Prima Donna
Who better to bring out the holiness of the sleazy-esque mystique of Madame George than the Madame of the Stones and Soho of the 60s!
You Make Me Feel So Real by Sinead O’Connor from No Prima Donna
Nice follow up to Madame George, Sinead does this with real Irish beauty.
Sweet Thing by The Waterboys from Fisherman’s Blues
Mike Scott does some wonderful Morrison too and has certainly been very influenced by him. From those incredible Fisherman’s Blues days!
Full Force Gale by Elvis Costello & The Voice Squad from No Prima Donna
This vocal version was the arrangement used at my Installation service. Spiritual potent!
Gloria by Patti Smith from Easter
The Doors version is a little too rude! So here is the Queen of rock’s intense, spiritual and romantic mix up… wee boy from Hyndford Street in the vortex of rock history and writing its soundtrack!
Mystic Eyes by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers from The Live Anthology
My very favourite cover. I love how Petty makes this his own wherever he is and that spoken word about making everything alright - it’s what rock music is all about!
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