Van Morrison: “Come Running” (1970)

If I were to pick a single from Moondance, I would have selected the title track or “Crazy Love,” but that’s why I’m writing record reviews in my basement and not making business decisions for a big record label. Well, that and an odd predilection for pajamas over pants. “Come Running” sounds like Nashville Skyline filtered through R&B/soul, which I suppose is a roundabout way of saying a “black Bob Dylan,” although a trite description like that would be insulting to everyone involved. The sensual, soulful “Crazy Love” is pressed into service here as the B side and, over the years, artists have made a bee line to it rather than “Come Running” when looking for something of Van’s to cover.

Original 7-inch Single
A1. Come Running (Van Morrison) (2:30)
B1. Crazy Love

The Plastic
Released on 7-inch in April 1970 in the UK (Warner Bros., WB-7383), the US and Canada (Warner Bros., 7383), Brazil (Warner Bros./Seven Arts, WCS 35.019) and Italy (Warner Bros., WB-1055); reached #39 on the US charts. Regional releases feature picture sleeve.

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