Thousands of Boca Raton real estate owners must be thrilled that Van Morrison will be coming to town. The Irishman will be headlining the James L. Knight Center in Miami on Wednesday, February 7. Even if you may think you are too young to know the man’s material, think again. Van Morrison has so many hit singles heard in Hollywood films, he even has an entire album devoted to the soundtrack selections.
Van Morrison At the Movies: Soundtrack Hits was released a decade ago. It consists of 19 songs used on Hollywood soundtracks over the previous 30 years. The anthology ranges from his 1976 onscreen appearance in Scorsese’s The Last Waltz to 1984’s Pope of Greenwich Village‘s “Jackie Wilson Said,” and an odd collaboration with Roger Waters on “Comfortably Numb” in Scorsese’s The Departed.
The mixture of material covers the man’s first successful singles with the band Them, such as “Gloria” and “Baby Please Don’t Go.” His early solo hits include the fun “Wild Night” from Thelma and Louise, Clean and Sober’s “Domino” and Born on the Fourth of July’s re-recorded version of “Brown Eyed Girl,” originally titles “Brown Skinned Girl.” There are also a few live tracks that were previously unreleased, “Moondance,” “Caravan,” and “Into the Mystic.” Less popular, but equally as delightful tunes on Soundtrack Hits consist of the brilliant “Real Real Gone,” “Wonderful Remark,” “Bright Side of the Road,” “Someone Like You,” One Fine Day’s “Have I Told You Lately,” and Van’s group effort with the Chieftains, “Irish Heartbeat.”
The CD’s unique approach spans the artist’s spirit and energy through a handful of diverse films. This is a necessity for any lover of first-rate classic rock, even if for some reason, At the Movies is missing Bringing Out the Dead’s “T.B. Sheets.”
The classic rock fans who live in homes for sale in Boca Raton also appreciate The Doors’ Perception. In the fall of 2006, the legendary Doors celebrated their 40th anniversary with the box set. The six CDs and six DVDs entail all the band’s studio albums with Jim Morrison, including their self-titled debut, Strange Days, Waiting for The Sun, The Soft Parade, Morrison Hotel, and L.A. Woman. The brilliant LPs have been reissued in deluxe 2-disc editions with rare bonus material, along with video content.
Cleverly packaged as a door, the box contains some familiar and astonishing tunes in multiple formats. On top of being remastered by the remaining band members and original engineer Bruce Botnick, Perception contains a handful of previously unheard bonus tracks, such as a fresh version of “Indian Summer,” “Celebration of the Lizard,” and the new tune “Push Push.” The DVD comes with a new 5.1 surround sound mix with more tracks. Its extra features include photo galleries, lyrics, and videos. Most noteworthy is the Doors rehearsing material from L.A. Woman.
Of course, Perception isn’t the first release of every Doors’ cuts in one collection. The Complete Studio Recordings has the exact same listing. It too contains a few alternate versions of tracks as well, but lacks the DVDs for Boca Raton luxury homeowners to enjoy.
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