ARTIST: Van Morrison
TITLE: Blowin’ Your Mind
YEAR RELEASED: 1967
CHART ACTION: #182 US, #11 UK
SINGLES: Brown Eyed Girl (#10 US, #60 UK), Ro Ro Rosey, Spanish Rose
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: TB Sheets, Midnight Special
LINEUP: Van Morrison, Eric Gale, Gary Chester, Al Gorgoni, Huie McCracken, Paul Griffin, Garry Sherman.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: These tracks weren’t really supposed to be an album, but they were compiled by the owner of Bang Records and started a contract dispute that carried over for a whole year.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After leaving Them and heading to New York City, Morrison signed a contract with Bang Records that really put him in a jam, as it gave the company nearly complete control of this material. These songs were originally going to be singles, but “Brown Eyed Girl” was a big hit, so, here comes the album.
You wonder how they’d make “TB Sheets” a single, anyway. That’s neither here nor there, really. The album does seem cobbled together with some songs definitely here just for B-side material. A lot of this seems rambling and jammy – not unlike Astral Weeks, but not with that quality, either.
“Brown Eyed Girl” and “TB Sheets”, though, are must haves for any collection. For those uninitiated, “TB Sheets” is an almost ten-minute long story about someone visiting a girlfriend who is dying of tuberculosis, which is astonishing in its realism and fatalism.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The cover of the album is what irked Morrison the most – all psychedelic and druggy when the material wasn’t near psychedelic rock.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, some alternate cuts..
GRADE: B: The first side, excellent. The second just mediocre.