Review by Scott Thomas:
By far the best source for Morrison's 1967 recordings is the The Bang Masters. Released in 1991, it takes in all of Van's previously released Bang tracks including an alternate take of "Brown Eyed Girl" and a lovely acoustic demo of "The Smile You Smile." In addition, the sound quality represents a remarkable improvement over previous repackagings of the same material. Two songs in particular, "Who Drove the Red Sports Car?" and "Joe Harper Saturday Morning," once victims of poor mixing, reveal themselves to be first-rate performances of first-rate songs. Finally, the music is augmented by Bill Flanagan's informative and critically objective liner notes.
Blowin' Your Mind was the only album released during Van's tenure at Bang and features roughly half of the songs he recorded for the label. Originally issued without the artist's knowledge or consent and packaged with a horrible psychadelic cover, it has been released on CD in a high priced gold edition. Though noteworthy for its historical significance, great sound, and some alternate takes available nowhere else, The Bang Masters is still the better pick.