Friday, February 26, 2016

Record #0631: Brown Eyed Girl / Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye) – VAN MORRISON

Bang 545 (original) USA, May 1967
Words & Music bySide A – Van Morrison; Side BBert Berns, Wes Farrell
Musicians: Van Morrison (lead vocals), Eric Gale (guitar), Al Gorgoni (guitar), Hugh McCracken (guitar), Russ Savakus (bass), Paul Griffin (keyboards), Gary Chester (drums), The Sweet Inspirations (backing vocals)
Recording sessions: Produced by Bert Berns at A&R Studios, New York, NY, Mar. 28, 1967
Highest chart positions:  US #10

Here's one of the classic tracks in rock music.

Morrison's former band, "Them", split in mid-1966 after their contract with Decca ended. He was looking for a record company for his solo career when Bert Berns (the owner of Bang) contacted him. Morrison flew to New York for recording sessions and this single was the first release out of the recordings.

"Brown Eyed Girl" is #109 on "Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs".

List price:  Very Good+ is $6, Near Mint is $12

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