What does it sound like?:
This 3 Disc Collection Includes the Original Album + Rare and Unreleased Sessions, All-Star Collaborations and Live Performances from The Healing Game Era – so says the blurb.
The original album came out in 1997 and, for me, remains one of Van’s strongest ‘late era’ collections.
The first disc here has the original ten tracks plus 5 extras that were previously on B-sides or compilations. The original tracks still sound sharp and fresh, especially This Weight, Burning Ground, The Healing Game and the beautiful Piper At The Gates of Dawn. The extra tracks include Look What The Good People Done, At the End of Day, the single version of the title track, a 1996 version of Full Force Gale (slower and brassier than the original), and a lovely acoustic version of St Dominic’s Preview.
The second disc has some alternate versions of album tracks (An extended Sometimes We Cry is terrific,) 2 tracks from John Lee Hooker’s album Don’t Look Back, produced by Van, and previously unreleased collaborations with Carl Perkins and Lonnie Donegan. First is slow, late-night version of the title track, an alternate version of Fire in the Belly, Didn’t He » Continue Reading.