The next 13 songs are the songs from Them's debut album The Angry Young Them. The first song is Mystic Eyes which I think is great. It would have been brilliant to have gone to the Maritime Hotel in Belfast and seen this song performed live. I think originally it was seven minutes long and evolved from a jam session in the studio with Van making the words up on the spur of the moment. The word mystic was to figure large in his subsequent career. The next track If You And I Could Be As Two opens with Vans spoken voice talking about autumn leaves being on the ground. This is another image that would crop up again much later in his career. Then it is Little Girl which is about watching a school girl on her way to school which might not be acceptable these days but you have to remember that Van was only a teenager himself when he wrote this song. It features the late great Pete Bardens on keyboards. He would re-emerge 13 years later on Vans Wavelength album. Just A Little Bit features some great saxophone and keyboards and great throaty vocals by Van. It wasn't written by Van, it was written by Rosco Gordon in 1959.I wonder if Van found it in his dad’s record collection. I Gave My Love A Diamond written by Bert Berns and Wes Farrell is next and Bert as you know played a major part in Vans future career. This is a great slice of the British R & B sound of the sixties. Gloria is next. For Van to write it at such a young age is quite amazing. It brings Vans concerts to a rousing finale to this very day. You Just Can’t Win is penned by Van and mentions his London haunts such as Camden Town and the Tottenham Court Road.
Disc 3 is made up of demos, Sessions and Rarities from 64-67 and strictly for the hardcore of Van aficionados. The first four tracks are demos recorded in Belfast early in 1964 by Peter Lloyd before they were taken to London.This must have been the first time Van had been in a studio since he played sax on a recording in Germany when he was in The Monarchs. The most interesting thing for me on this disc is the six songs from Them's two appearances on the BBC's Saturday Club radio show. I remember tuning into this show myself as a kid. The presenter was Brian Matthew and you can hear him introducing a couple of the songs. Incredibly Brian Matthew still has a show on Saturday mornings 50 years later and he is now 88. The rest of disc 3 is various other takes and alternate versions of songs I have already discussed so I won't repeat myself again.