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Van Morrison announces new album Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue

on February 17, 2015, 11:30am

Legendary singer Van Morrison has announced his 35th studio album, Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue. Due March 24th from RCA Records, the record sees Morrison revisiting 16 tracks from his storied 360-song catalogue with the help of some big name friends.

Morrison purposefully avoided his popular hits for the project, instead shining a light on deeper cuts largely from his post-1980 albums. Hence you’ll hear “Some Peace of Mind” with the late Bobby Womack, “Wild Honey” with Joss Stone, “Fire in the Belly” with Steve Winwood, and “Whatever Happened to P.J. Proby” with, yes, P.J. Proby. Morrison’s daughter Shana also appears on “Rough God Goes Riding”.

As a first listen to the record, Morrison’s new version of “Real Real Gone” with Michael Bublé is streaming below (via The Huffington Post). Morrison’s website also notes that “Some Peace of Mind” will be released March 3rd, the Mark Knopfler-featuring “Irish Heartbeat” on March 10th, and “Fire in the Belly” on March 17th.

Pre-orders for the album are available now. Below, find the complete tracklist with guest collaborators.

Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue Tracklist:
01. “Some Peace of Mind” w/ Bobby Womack (original version released on Hymns to the Silence, 1991)
02. “Lord, If I Ever Needed Someone” w/ Mavis Staples (original version released on His Band and the Street Choir, 1970)
03. “Higher Than The World” w/ George Benson (original version released on Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, 1983)
04. “Wild Honey” w/ Joss Stone (original version released on on Common One, 1980)
05. “Whatever Happened to P.J. Proby” w/ P.J. Proby (original version released on Down the Road, 2002)
06. “Carrying a Torch” w/ Clare Teal (original version released on Hymns to the Silence, 1991)
07. “The Eternal Kansas City” w/ Gregory Porter (original version released on A Period of Transition, 1977)
08. “Streets Of Arklow” w/ Mick Hucknall (original version released on Veedon Fleece, 1974)
09. “These Are The Days” w/ Natalie Cole (original version released on Avalon Sunset, 1989)
10. “Get On With The Show” w/ Georgie Fame (original version released on What’s Wrong with This Picture, 2003)
11. “Rough God Goes Riding” w/ Shana Morrison (original version released on The Healing Game, 1997)
12. “Fire in the Belly” w/ Steve Winwood (original version released on The Healing Game, 1997)
13. “Born To Sing” w/ Chris Farlowe (original version released on No Plan B, 2012)
14. “Irish Heartbeat” w/ Mark Knopfler (original version released on Irish Heartbeat, 1988)
15. “Real Real Gone” w/ Michael Bublé (original version released on Enlightenment, 1990)
16. “How Can A Poor Boy” w/ Taj Mahal (original version released on Keep It Simple, 2008)

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