Van Morrison – Blowin’ Your Mind! (1967)

Artist Credit
Vic Anesini Mastering
Brooks Arthur Engineer
Bert Berns Arranger, Composer, Director, Liner Notes, Producer
Wes Farrell Composer
John Jackson Project Director
Van Morrison Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Primary Artist, Saxophone, Vocals
Bert Russell Composer
Garry Sherman Music Supervisor
Gary Sherman Music Supervisor

Although Van Morrison’s first solo album is remembered for containing the immortal pop hit “Brown Eyed Girl,” Blowin’ Your Mind! is actually a dry run for his masterpiece, Astral Weeks. Songs like “Who Drove the Red Sports Car” look to that song cycle, even as “Midnight Special” nods to Morrison’s R&B past. But it’s the agonizing “T.B. Sheets” — all nine-plus minutes of it — that dominates this record and belies its trendy title and pop association. “T.B. Sheets” takes the blues and reinvents it as noble tragedy and humiliating mortality. It’s where Van Morrison emerges as an artist. [Blowin’ Your Mind! was superseded in 1991 by Bang Masters, which contains all of its tracks except “He Ain’t Give You None,” presented in an alternate take, plus Morrison’s other recordings for Bang.]


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