The Philosopher's Stone

The Philosopher's Stone

by Van Morrison



Van Morrison has always been a prolific artist, releasing nearly an album a year for 30 years. All the while, he had a stockpile of unreleased material in the vaults, much of which became legendary among collectors. A selection of this material was planned for inclusion in a box set, but when he realized the sheer amount of worthy material, he decided to separate the unreleased cuts and release them as the double-disc set The Philosopher's Stone. Certainly, the collection is for fans, but not just hardcore fans -- there are a number of great songs here, from "Madame Joy" and "Naked in the Jungle" to "Crazy Jane on God" and "The Street Only Knew Your Name." A full 25 of the 30 tracks on the album have never been released in any form, while the remaining five -- "Wonderful Remark," "Real Real Gone," "Flamingoes Fly," "The Street Only Knew Your Name," and "Bright Side of the Road" -- are present in alternate takes. In all, The Philosopher's Stone is a welcome addition to Van Morrison's official catalog -- some of these songs are so good, it would have been a shame if they had stayed locked in the vaults.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/1998
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0731453178922
catalogNumber: 531789

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Van Morrison   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
David Hayes   Bass Guitar
Mark Isham   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ronnie Montrose   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jules Broussard   Flute,Horn
Smith Dobson   Piano
John Allair   Piano,Hammond Organ
Herbie Armstrong   Guitar
Pee Wee Ellis   Saxophone
Mick Cox   Guitar
Clive Culbertson   Bass Guitar
Bill Atwood   Trumpet
June Boyce   Vocals
Lee Charlton   Drums
Bill Church   Bass Guitar
Jackie DeShannon   Background Vocals
Neil Drinkwater   Drums
Mark T. Jordan   Piano
John Klingberg   Bass Guitar
Bernie Krause   Moog Synthesizer
Jeff Labes   Piano
Chris Michie   Guitar
John Platania   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jerome Rimson   Bass Guitar
Jack Schroer   Horn,Saxophone
Dahaud Elias Shaar   Drums
Annie Stocking   Background Vocals
Bianca Thornton   Background Vocals
Peter Van Hooke   Drums
Pete Wingfield   Piano
Gary Mallaber   Drums
Roy Jones   Drums
Pauline Lazano   Background Vocals
Toni Marcus   Violin

Technical Credits

Lead Belly   Composer
Chieftains   Contributor
Brooks Arthur   Engineer
Gary Ladinsky   Engineer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Henry Lewy   Engineer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Van Morrison   Producer
Jim Stern   Engineer
Ted Templeman   Producer
William Matthieu   Composer

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The Philosopher's Stone 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
This is not where a Van Morrison beginner should start. Many of these songs didn't make much of an impression on me. Two of the ones that did are John Henry and Western Plain on Disc 2. Both of them are products of Van's America fixation. Bob Dylan and Springsteen seem to how great stuff in the can. Morrison, not so much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
By far my favorite all time Van Morrison CD! To many songs on this CD that are my favorites to list. Just listen to a few and sit back and enjoy.