Van Morrison Details 'Authorized Bang Collection'

Three discs of music singer recorded for Bert Berns' Bang Records, including unreleased "Contractual Obligation Session," is due out in April

Recordings Van Morrison made for Bang Records in 1967, including a disc full of unreleased tracks, will feature on 'The Authorized Bang Collection.' Credit: PoPsie Randolph/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

Recordings Van Morrison made for Bang Records in 1967, including an entire disc of tracks seeing official release for the first time, will feature on the upcoming reissue The Authorized Bang Collection. The compilation gathers songs the Irish singer-songwriter laid down during his brief period on legendary producer Bert Berns' label.

The collection, due out April 28th, features three discs of music that Morrison recorded alongside Berns: The first disc focuses on the original masters from Morrison's Bang sessions – including original mixes of songs like "Brown Eyed Girl," "T.B. Sheets" and "Madame George" – while the second boasts rarities from the sessions.

The third disc – dubbed the Contractual Obligation Session, as it closed Morrison's tenure with the label – contains 32 short, stripped-down and less-refined songs that were oft-bootlegged over the years but presented here in its best sound quality to date.

After leaving Them for a solo career in 1967, Morrison aligned with Berns' Bang Records; Berns, who wrote tracks like "Twist and Shout," "Piece of My Heart" and "Cry to Me," produced Them's 1965 hit "Here Comes the Night." However, after the recording sessions, Morrison and Berns' partnership fizzled. After Berns died unexpectedly in December 1967, Morrison entered a legal battle with the producer's widow over his creative independence.

"Bert Berns was a genius," Morrison said in a statement. "He was a brilliant songwriter and he had a lot of soul, which you don't find nowadays."

The Authorized Bang Collection Track List

Disc One – The Original Masters

1. Brown Eyed Girl [original stereo mix]
2. He Ain't Give You None [original stereo mix]
3. T.B. Sheets [original stereo mix]
4. Spanish Rose [original stereo mix]
5. Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye) [original stereo mix]
6. Ro Ro Rosey [original stereo mix]
7. Who Drove The Red Sports Car [original stereo mix]
8. Midnight Special [original stereo mix]
9. It's All Right [original stereo mix]
10. Send Your Mind [original stereo mix]
11. The Smile You Smile [original stereo mix]
12. The Back Room [original stereo mix]
13. Joe Harper Saturday Morning [original stereo mix]
14. Beside You [original mono mix]
15. Madame George [original mono mix]
16. Chick-A-Boom [original mono mix]
17. The Smile You Smile [demo]

Disc Two – Bang Sessions & Rarities

1. Brown Eyed Girl [original edited mono single mix]
2. Ro Ro Rosey [original mono single mix with backing vocals]
3. T.B. Sheets [Take 2] *
4. Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye) [Takes 10 & 11] *
5. Send Your Mind [Take 3] *
6. Midnight Special [Take 7]
7. He Ain't Give You None (Take 4)
8. Ro Ro Rosey [Take 2] *
9. Who Drove The Red Sports Car (Take 6)
10. Beside You [Take 2] *
11. Joe Harper Saturday Morning [Take 2] *
12. Beside You [Take 5] *
13. Spanish Rose [Take 14] (4:23) *
14. Brown Eyed Girl [Takes 1-6] *
15. Brown Eyed Girl [Takes 7-11] *

* Previously unissued

Disc Three – Contractual Obligation Session

1. Twist And Shake *
2. Shake And Roll *
3. Stomp And Scream *
4. Scream And Holler *
5. Jump And Thump *
6. Drivin' Wheel *
7. Just Ball *
8. Shake It Mable *
9. Hold On George *
10. The Big Royalty Check *
11. Ring Worm *
12. Savoy Hollywood *
13. Freaky If You Got This Far *
14. Up Your Mind *
15. Thirty Two *
16. All The Bits *
17. You Say France And I Whistle *
18. Blowin’ Your Nose *
19. Nose In Your Blow *
20. La Mambo *
21. Go For Yourself *
22. Want A Danish *
23. Here Comes Dumb George *
24. Chickee Coo *
25. Do It *
26. Hang On Groovy *
27. Goodbye George *
28. Dum Dum George *
29. Walk And Talk *
30. The Wobble *
31. Wobble And Ball * 

* Previously unissued