- Released: October 13, 1998
- Originally Released: 1967
- Label: Epic Europe
Entertainment Weekly - 2/10/95, pp.70-71
"...This expanded version of Morrison's 1967 solo debut displays the pitfalls of late-60's blues rock ....But in the hands of Van The Man, those vices are virtues, and what could have been tedious is often hypnotic..." - Rating: B
- 1.Brown Eyed Girl
- 2.He Ain't Give You None
- 3.T.B. Sheets
- 4.Spanish Rose
- 5.Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye)
- 6.Ro Ro Rosey
- 7.Who Drove the Red Sports Car
- 8.Midnight Special
- 9.Spanish Rose [Alternate Take]
- 10.Ro Ro Rosey [Alternate Take]
- 11.Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye) [Alternate Take]
- 12.Who Drove the Red Sports Car [Alternate Take]
- 13.Midnight Special [Alternate Take]
Originally released on Bang Records.
The Master Sound reissue of BLOWIN' YOUR MIND includes five additional tracks--alternate takes of album cuts--not found on the original release.
Master Sound releases are 24-karat gold CDs remastered from first-generation masters. This process utilizes 20-bit technology and "Super Bit Mapping" system.
Personnel: Van Morrison (vocals, guitar, saxophone, keyboards).
Liner Note Authors: Bert Berns; Bob Irwin.
Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY (03/28/1967/03/29/1967).
Director: Bert Berns.
Arranger: Bert Berns.
After his initial success as the leader of the Irish band Them, Van Morrison came to the U.S to record his solo debut. He was still in transition from the uptempo rock and roll sound of his former band to the heady, blues-and jazz-inflected musings of his later work. The classic "Brown-Eyed Girl" is the closest Morrison has ever come to a pop song, and it remains a sparkling, infectious gem. The dark, fatalistic blues workout "T.B. Sheets" is closer to the improvisatory, impressionistic style Morrison would soon perfect on ASTRAL WEEKS. It is one of the most chilling vocal performances he has ever put on record.