...Once again shows why Van’s the Man.
Tim Cunningham 2007-02-19
At first glance Van Morrison At The Movies – Soundtrack Hits appears to be an offhand attempt to gain some extra mileage out of Van’s extensive catalogue of hits. Indeed eight of the nineteen tracks offered here feature on The Best Of with a further three included as alternate versions. However, what you soon learn after listening to this compilation is that the remaining tracks are gems in their own right and the banner of ‘movie music’ proves to be an excellent avenue for assembling a fine collection.
“Caravan”, cut from the live footage of The Band’s farewell concert movie The Last Waltz, highlights Van at his best on stage with fabulous backing musicians and a superb horn section providing the perfect accompaniment to Van’s impassioned vocals. “Into the Mystic” and “Domino” are also live recordings, taken from the highly praised concert album It's Too Late To Stop Now, parts of which were used for the first ever TV/Radio simulcast. Footage from the Rainbow Theatre in London was broadcast on BBC2 Television whilst audio was simultaneously broadcast on Radio 2, allowing viewers to watch and listen in ‘stereo’.
It’s not surprising of course that Van’s best known songs would be chosen for film work and with a career that spans the decades his music features in movies set from the 60s, such as Good Morning Vietnam, to present day blockbusters such as The Departed. At The Movies has the capacity to deliver a great selection of Morrison’s music to a new audience and is an ideal starting point for anyone not already familiar with his work. The beauty of this CD is that it’s also a fantastic listen for the seasoned fan and once again shows why Van’s the Man.