Van Morrison – Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue (2015)

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Duets: Re-working the Catalogue is the 35th studio album recorded by Northern Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison. It was released on 13 March 2015 on RCA Records. Produced by Van Morrison along with Don Was and Bob Rock, it consists of songs previously recorded by Morrison this time recorded as duets. Performances include the artists Bobby Womack, Steve Winwood, Mark Knopfler, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Michael Bublé, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Gregory Porter, Clare Teal, P.J. Proby, Joss Stone, Georgie Fame, Mick Hucknall, Chris Farlowe, and Morrison’s daughter Shana Morrison. This is Morrison’s first album for Sony Music since Blowin’ Your Mind (Sony owns BANG). The album has been given a Metacritic score of 65 based on 10 critics, indicating generally favourable reviews. Mark Deming of AllMusic thought it an “honestly good album” in which Van Morrison “has chosen duet partners with intelligence”. He judged that Van Morrison’s “vocals lack the power and emotional force he so easily conjured in the ’70s, but his sense of phrasing is as soulful and idiosyncratic as it has ever been”, and although the album is “a long way from a triumph, it’s a solid, heartfelt work from a veteran artist who isn’t about to give up the ghost.”


1. Some Peace Of Mind – Van Morrison & Bobby Womack 5:15
2. If I Ever Needed Someone – Van Morrison & Mavis Staples
3. Higher Than The World – Van Morrison & George Benson
4. Wild Honey – Van Morrison & Joss Stone 6:22
5. Whatever Happened to P.J. Proby – Van Morrison & P.J. Proby 3:42
6. Carrying A Torch Van Morrison & Clare Teal 4:52
7. The Eternal Kansas City – Van Morrison & Gregory Porter 4:10
8. Streets of Arklow – Van Morrison & Mick Hucknall 4:57
9. These Are The Days – Van Morrison & Natalie Cole 3:51
10. Get On With The Show – Van Morrison & Georgie Fame 4:41
11. Rough God Goes Riding – Van Morrison & Shana Morrison 4:23
12. Fire In The Belly – Van Morrison & Steve Winwood 6:40
13. Born To Sing – Van Morrison & Chris Farlowe 3:59
14. Irish Heartbeat – Van Morrison & Mark Knopfler 5:14
15. Real Real Gone – Van Morrison & Michael Bublé 4:00
16. How Can A Poor Boy? – Van Morrison & Taj Mahal 6:34

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