VAN MORRISON

RnB / Pop/Art Song/Folk / Vocal Jazz / Jazz Related Improv/Composition / Blues • United Kingdom
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Equal parts blue-eyed soul shouter and wild-eyed poet-sorcerer, Van Morrison is among popular music's true innovators, a restless seeker whose incantatory vocals and alchemical fusion of R&B, jazz, blues, and Celtic folk produced perhaps the most spiritually transcendent body of work in the rock & roll canon. Subject only to the whims of his own muse, his recordings cover extraordinary stylistic ground yet retain a consistency and purity virtually unmatched among his contemporaries, connected by the mythic power of his singular musical vision and his incendiary vocal delivery: spiraling repetitions of wails and whispers that bypass the confines of language to articulate emotional truths far beyond the scope of literal meaning.

George Ivan Morrison was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on August 31, 1945; his mother was a singer, while his father ardently collected classic American jazz and blues recordings. At 15, he quit school to join the local R&B band
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VAN MORRISON Discography

VAN MORRISON albums / top albums

VAN MORRISON Blowin' Your Mind! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blowin' Your Mind!
RnB 1967
VAN MORRISON Astral Weeks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Astral Weeks
RnB 1968
VAN MORRISON His Band And The Street Choir (aka Domino) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
His Band And The Street Choir (aka Domino)
RnB 1970
VAN MORRISON Moondance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moondance
RnB 1970
VAN MORRISON Tupelo Honey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tupelo Honey
RnB 1971
VAN MORRISON Saint Dominic's Preview album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Saint Dominic's Preview
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1972
VAN MORRISON Hard Nose The Highway album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hard Nose The Highway
RnB 1973
VAN MORRISON Veedon Fleece album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Veedon Fleece
RnB 1974
VAN MORRISON A Period Of Transition album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Period Of Transition
RnB 1977
VAN MORRISON Wavelength album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wavelength
RnB 1978
VAN MORRISON Into The Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Into The Music
RnB 1979
VAN MORRISON Common One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Common One
RnB 1980
VAN MORRISON Beautiful Vision album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Beautiful Vision
RnB 1982
VAN MORRISON Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart
RnB 1983
VAN MORRISON A Sense Of Wonder album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Sense Of Wonder
RnB 1984
VAN MORRISON No Guru, No Method, No Teacher album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1986
VAN MORRISON The Interview Album album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Interview Album
RnB 1986
VAN MORRISON Poetic Champions Compose album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Poetic Champions Compose
RnB 1987
VAN MORRISON Van Morrison & The Chieftains ‎: Irish Heartbeat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Van Morrison & The Chieftains ‎: Irish Heartbeat
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1988
VAN MORRISON Avalon Sunset album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Avalon Sunset
RnB 1989
VAN MORRISON Enlightenment album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Enlightenment
RnB 1990
VAN MORRISON The Interview - Radio Special / Van Morrison Radio Special With Sean O'Hagen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Interview - Radio Special / Van Morrison Radio Special With Sean O'Hagen
RnB 1990
VAN MORRISON Hymns To The Silence album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Hymns To The Silence
RnB 1991
VAN MORRISON Cuchulainn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cuchulainn
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1991
VAN MORRISON Too Long In Exile album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Too Long In Exile
RnB 1993
VAN MORRISON Days Like This album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Days Like This
RnB 1995
VAN MORRISON The Healing Game album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Healing Game
RnB 1997
VAN MORRISON The Healing Game (Exclusive Radio Interview) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Healing Game (Exclusive Radio Interview)
RnB 1997
VAN MORRISON Back On Top album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Back On Top
RnB 1999
VAN MORRISON Van Morrison, Linda Gail Lewis ‎: You Win Again album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Van Morrison, Linda Gail Lewis ‎: You Win Again
RnB 2000
VAN MORRISON Down The Road album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Down The Road
RnB 2002
VAN MORRISON What's Wrong With This Picture? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
What's Wrong With This Picture?
RnB 2003
VAN MORRISON Magic Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Magic Time
RnB 2005
VAN MORRISON Pay The Devil album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pay The Devil
RnB 2006
VAN MORRISON Keep It Simple album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Keep It Simple
RnB 2008
VAN MORRISON Born To Sing : No Plan B album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Born To Sing : No Plan B
RnB 2012
VAN MORRISON Duets : Re-working The Catalogue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Duets : Re-working The Catalogue
RnB 2015
VAN MORRISON Keep Me Singing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Keep Me Singing
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2016
VAN MORRISON Roll With The Punches album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Roll With The Punches
RnB 2017
VAN MORRISON Versatile album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Versatile
Vocal Jazz 2017
VAN MORRISON The Prophet Speaks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Prophet Speaks
Blues 2018
VAN MORRISON Van Morrison And Joey DeFrancesco ‎: You're Driving Me Crazy album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Van Morrison And Joey DeFrancesco ‎: You're Driving Me Crazy
Vocal Jazz 2018

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VAN MORRISON live albums

VAN MORRISON It's Too Late To Stop Now album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It's Too Late To Stop Now
RnB 1974
VAN MORRISON Live At The Roxy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Roxy
RnB 1979
VAN MORRISON Live At The Grand Opera House Belfast album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Grand Opera House Belfast
RnB 1984
VAN MORRISON In Concert-418 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Concert-418
RnB 1987
VAN MORRISON King Biscuit Flower Hour - September 18-24, 1989 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
King Biscuit Flower Hour - September 18-24, 1989
RnB 1989
VAN MORRISON A Night In San Francisco album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Night In San Francisco
RnB 1994
VAN MORRISON Van Morrison And Lonnie Donegan And Chris Barber ‎– The Skiffle Sessions: Live In Belfast 1998 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Van Morrison And Lonnie Donegan And Chris Barber ‎– The Skiffle Sessions: Live In Belfast 1998
RnB 2000
VAN MORRISON Live At Austin City Limits Festival album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Austin City Limits Festival
RnB 2006
VAN MORRISON Astral Weeks Live At The Hollywood Bowl album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Astral Weeks Live At The Hollywood Bowl
RnB 2009
VAN MORRISON The Bottom Line 78 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Bottom Line 78
RnB 2013
VAN MORRISON ..It's Too Late to Stop Now...Volumes II, III, IV & DVD album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
..It's Too Late to Stop Now...Volumes II, III, IV & DVD
RnB 2016

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VAN MORRISON In Celebration of Van Morrison's Mercury Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Celebration of Van Morrison's Mercury Music
RnB 1988
VAN MORRISON Payin' Dues (aka The 1967 New York Sessions aka Here Comes) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Payin' Dues (aka The 1967 New York Sessions aka Here Comes)
RnB 1994
VAN MORRISON The Alternative Moondance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Alternative Moondance
RnB 2018
VAN MORRISON The Healing Game [Deluxe Edition] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Healing Game [Deluxe Edition]
RnB 2019

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VAN MORRISON Hymns To The Silence

Album · 1991 · RnB
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Released in 1991 being Van Morrison’s 21st studio album as well being a double containing quite a mix of styles covering Spiritual, Celtic, Narrative, Rock, Jazz and with a touch of Blues thrown in for good measure. Eclectic is one description but personally for me it’s just Van The Man doing what he has always done mixing it up but not just keeping various styles to predominately one album here we are getting them all. The Chieftains are back for two numbers, George Fame (Hammond organ , piano) , Terry Disley (piano), Candy Dulfer (alto sax), Dave Early (drums), Carol Kenyon, Katie Kissoon, (backing vocals) and the list goes on with two different bassists, flugelhorn, another pianist, accordion all employed for the various studio sessions recorded in London with Van himself inputting vocals, guitar, harmonica and alto sax within the album “Hymns To The Silence”

“Professional Jealousy’ gets it all going having a touch of resentment inserted into the lyrics over this mid tempo number with “I’m Not feeling It No Anymore” perhaps being a response for the prior number over a jaunty piano line throughout the song. Blues based “Ordinary Life” with Van on harmonica and a touch of Jazz follows with “Some Peace Of Mind” as the following “So Complicated” keeps that theme going.” Why Must I Always Explain” is often referred to the similarity with “Tupelo Honey” albeit at a slightly faster pace which seems to gel more with the song’s chorus. The Chieftains are the band for the Don Gibson classic country number “I Can’t Stop Loving You” with Van inserting guitar, Paddy Maloney with a Pipe solo and the two backing vocalists adding input for quite a nice take of the song. “Village Idiot” is one of the picks from the album which harkens back to “Crazy Face” from Van’s 1970 album “Van Morrison His Band And The Street Choir” with the odd one out being the topic but perhaps that is not the case at all for this lovely number. Spiritual is the base for the lovely “ See Me Through Part 11 (Just A Closer Walk With Thee)” containing a section of narrative with a later connection to his another narrative on the following disc “ On Hyndford St”. The last one is the slow Blues of “Take Me Back” with repetition a plenty within Van’s vocals in this stretched out delightful low key take.

The Spiritual comes to the fore within the second disc’s make up with the lively “By His Grace”, the Jazzed up “All Saints Day” following and the stunning title song “Hymns To The Silence”. Two narrations are included being “On Hyndford St” and “Pagan Streams” with the later being my pick. The Chieftains are back for another Spiritual “Be Thou My Vision” with the next “ Carrying A Torch” being the best ballad on the album with even Tom Jones using the number with three others contained within this album in his own 1991 release “Carrying A Torch”. The laid back “Green Mansions” and “Quality Street” follow with another nice ballad “It Must Be You” and the album finishing up with the love song “I Need Your Kind Of Loving”.

You won’t be rolling up the carpet or getting the dancing shoes on but this album is still one of Van Morrison’s best releases in the last thirty years containing a great mix of styles with plenty of great moments from Van’s vocals hitting the notes included. Needs a few plays and just have it on early morning, late at night or any quiet moments and just let it roll over and sing and dream along with all these beautiful hymns and narrations, to the silence.

VAN MORRISON Van Morrison And Joey DeFrancesco ‎: You're Driving Me Crazy

Album · 2018 · Vocal Jazz
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Van Morrison has teamed up with organist and trumpeter Joey DeFrancesco and his band for his latest offering making this, his 39th album “Your Driving Me Crazy” with quite a few of the songs included from his extensive back catalogue and some Standards thrown in for good measure. Jazz is the theme for this latest album as the previous “Versatile” was and as we all know Van has covered just about every mainstream genre of music throughout his career including Rock, Blues, Country, Celtic and Folk thrown in for good measure and this could be one of the main reasons for his durability maintaining his popularity by keeping the variety coming. Joey DeFrancesco has been around for a while as well since 1989 with his first Hard Bop release “All Of Me” and since has garnered quite a bit of acclaim with plenty of albums since and has pretty much been playing music since he first started at four years of age.

The Cole Porter song “Miss Otis Regrets” get things started with more of a leaning towards the slower take that Ella Fitzgerald used with Joey DeFrancesco on organ and trumpet for this relaxed opening number. “Hold It Right There” is perhaps not a Jazz standard but more towards Jump Blues that Joe Williams and Eddie (Cleanhead) Vinson had previously released with Van giving it a bit of his own touch with the addition of great little sax solo from Troy Roberts from Joey’s band inserted. “All Saints Day” originally came out Van’s 1991 album “Hymns To The Silence” and like that one both takes are organ based. “The Way Young Lovers Do” from “Astral Weeks” is quite a different feel to the original being mainly guitar backed with this more Jazzed up with the Joey’s organ right behind Van. The title ‘”Your Driving Me Crazy” was originally done by Guy Lombardo with a later take from Sinatra but Van’s version seems to be his own with quite a lovely take for this old song. “Close Enough For Jazz” Van has already recorded twice prior but with the songs construction why not as it just sits beautifully with album’s theme. There is another go at “Have I Told You Lately” originally appearing on “Avalon Sunset” with other back catalogue numbers “Goldfish Bowl”, “Evening Shadows”, “Magic Time” and a few more Standards with the album finishing up lovely little take of “Celtic Swing” originally from the album “Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart”

Nice little album with some great vibes and vocals but perhaps some new material might have helped but still even with that moan it is quite a nice little groover to have on.

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