Van Morrison teams up with an eclectic assortment of classic artists to revisit a variety of songs from throughout his long career on a brand-new album titled Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue, out March 24. The 16-track collection includes collaborations with Steve Winwood, Mark Knopfler, Mavis Staples, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall, Taj Mahal, the late Bobby Womack, and Morrison’s own daughter, Shana.
Van hand-picked his duet partners for the project, and then conferred with them to choose the songs for the album, purposely staying away from his best-known tunes. The first single from the record is a new rendition of Morrison’s 1990 song “Real Real Gone” that features Canadian crooner Michael Buble. You can check out the track now exclusively at HuffingtonPost.com. Another interesting collaboration is a new version of Van’s 2002 “Whatever Happened to P.J. Proby?” that Morrison recorded with Proby himself.
Duets was co-produced by Van with Don Was and Bob Rock, and was recorded both in London and in Morrison’s hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
If you pre-order Duets immediately, you’ll score access to a free download of “Real Real Gone,” and also will be able to download three additional tracks in the weeks prior to the album’s release.
Here is the full track list for Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue, along with Morrison’s respective duet partners, and information about the album on which each song originally appeared:
“Some Peace of Mind” with Bobby Womack (Hymns to the Silence, 1991)
“Lord, If I Ever Needed Someone” with Mavis Staples (His Band and the Street Choir, 1970)
“Higher than the World” with George Benson (Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, 1983)
“Wild Honey” with Joss Stone (Common One, 1980)
“Whatever Happened to P.J. Proby” with P.J. Proby (Down the Road, 2002)
“Carrying a Torch” with Clare Teal (Hymns to the Silence, 1991)
“The Eternal Kansas City” with Gregory Porter (A Period of Transition, 1977)
“Streets of Arklow” with Mick Hucknall (Veedon Fleece, 1974)
“These Are the Days” with Natalie Cole (Avalon Sunset, 1989)
“Get On with the Show” with Georgie Fame (What’s Wrong with This Picture, 2003)
“Rough God Goes Riding” with Shana Morrison (The Healing Game, 1997)
“Fire in the Belly” with Steve Winwood (The Healing Game, 1997)
“Born to Sing” with Chris Farlowe (No Plan B, 2012)
“Irish Heartbeat” with Mark Knopfler (Irish Heartbeat, 1988)
“Real Real Gone” with Michael Bublé (Enlightenment, 1990)
“How Can a Poor Boy” with Taj Mahal (Keep It Simple, 2008)