Although considered to be a deeply spiritual album,  it also contained "Daring Night", which "deals with full, blazing sex, whatever its churchy organ and gentle lilt suggest" Hinton.
He often completed albums in two days, frequently releasing first takes. The early to middle s were commercially successful for Morrison with three albums reaching the top five of the UK charts, sold-out concerts, and a more visible public profile; but this period also marked a decline in the critical reception to his work.
AllMusic determined it to be "far and away the best selling album of his career. InMorrison released The Healing Game. The album received mixed reviews, with the lyrics being described as "tired" and "dull",  though critic Greil Marcus praised the musical complexity of the album by saying: "It carries the listener into a musical home so perfect and complete he or she might have forgotten that music could call up such a place, and then populate it with people, acts, wishes, fears.
His next release, 's Back on Topachieved a modest success, being his highest charting album in the US since 's Wavelength. Van Morrison continued to record and tour in the s, often performing two or three times a week. The album Down the Roadreleased in Mayreceived a good critical reception and proved to be his highest charting album in the US since 's Saint Dominic's Preview.
Morrison's album, Magic Timedebuted at number twenty-five on the US Billboard charts upon its May release, some forty years after Morrison first entered the public's eye as the frontman of Them. Rolling Stone listed it as number seventeen on The Top 50 Records of He released an album with a country music theme, entitled Pay the Devilon 7 March and appeared at the Ryman Auditorium where the tickets sold out immediately after they went on sale.
Still promoting the country album, Morrison's performance as the headline act on the first night of the Austin City Limits Music Festival on 15 September was reviewed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top ten shows of the festival. A new double CD compilation album The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3 was released in June containing thirty-one tracks, some of which were previously unreleased. Morrison selected the tracks, which ranged from the album Too Long in Exile to the song " Stranded " from the album Magic Time.
The album was recorded in BelfastMorrison's birthplace and hometown. Morrison himself selected his best and most iconic lyrics from a catalog of 50 years of writing . Morrison's 70th birthday in was marked by celebrations in his hometown of Belfast, commencing with BBC Radio Ulster presenting programs including "Top 70 Van Tracks" between 26 and 28 August.
As the headline act ending the Eastside Arts Festival, Morrison performed two 70th-birthday concerts on Cyprus Avenue on his birthday 31 August.
The songs are twelve originals and one cover and the album represents his first release of originals since Born to Sing: No Plan B in A short tour of the U. The U. Morrison's album, Roll with the Puncheswas released on 22 September That July, he and Universal Music Group were sued by former professional wrestler Billy Two Rivers for using his likeness on its cover and promotional material without his permission. On 4 August, Two Rivers' lawyer said the parties had reached a preliminary agreement to settle the matter out of court.
Morrison released his 38th studio album, Versatile on 1 December It features covers of nine classic jazz standards and seven original songs including his arrangement of the traditional "Skye Boat Song". The album features a collaboration with Joey DeFrancesco on a mixture of blues and jazz classics that include eight Morrison originals from his back catalog.
Morrison accused the UK government of "taking our freedom". He has been called a "covidiot",  and there have been calls in Belfast for Belfast City Council to revoke his Freedom of the City honour following the intervention: city councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown said that his lyrics were "undermining the guidance in place to protect lives and are ignorant of established science as we grapple with Covid In addition, the Northern Ireland health minister, Robin Swannaccused Morrison of smearing public health practitioners and aiding tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorists.
Writing in Rolling Stone magazine, Swann said: . We expected better from him … Some of what is he saying is actually dangerous. It could encourage people not to take coronavirus seriously. If you see it all as a big conspiracy, then you are less likely to follow the vital public health advice that keeps you and others safe.
Swann charged Big Bout Yah - Tenor Saw - Tenor Saw Lives On: A Tribute To Tenor Saw (CD) with:. His words will give great comfort to the conspiracy theorists — the tin foil hat brigade who crusade against masks and vaccines and think this is all a huge global plot to remove freedoms. I only hope no one takes him seriously. Byafter being a performer for nearly ten years, Morrison began experiencing stage fright when performing for audiences of thousands, as opposed to the hundreds as he had experienced in his early career.
Big Bout Yah - Tenor Saw - Tenor Saw Lives On: A Tribute To Tenor Saw (CD) became anxious on stage and had difficulty establishing eye contact with the audience. He once said in an interview about performing on stage, "I dig singing the songs but there are times when it's pretty agonising for me to be out there.
The live double album, It's Too Late to Stop Now has been noted to be one of the greatest recordings of a live concert    and has appeared on lists of greatest live albums of all time.
On Thanksgiving DayMorrison performed at the farewell concert for the Band. It was his first live performance in several years, and he considered skipping his appearance until the last minute, even refusing to go on stage when they announced his name.
His manager, Harvey Goldsmithsaid he "literally kicked him out there. At the concert, he performed two songs. Greil Marcusin attendance at the concert, wrote: "Van Morrison turned the show around It was a triumph, and as the song ended Van began to kick his leg into the air out of sheer exuberance and he kicked his way right offstage like a Rockette. The crowd had given him a fine welcome and they cheered wildly when he left. On 21 JulyMorrison joined many other guests for Roger Waters ' massive performance of The Wall — Live in Berlin with an estimated crowd of between three hundred thousand and half a million people and broadcast live on television.
At concert's end, he and the other performers sang " The Tide Is Turning ". Morrison performed before an estimated audience of sixty to eighty thousand people when US President Bill Clinton visited Belfast, Northern Ireland on 30 November Van Morrison continued performing concerts in the s throughout the year rather than touring. I don't really tour. This is another misconception. I stopped touring in the true sense of the word in the late s, early s, possibly.
I just do gigs now. I average two gigs a week. Only in America do I do more, because you can't really do a couple of gigs there, so I do more, 10 gigs or something there. The Astral Weeks band featured guitarist Jay Berlinerwho had played on the album that was released forty years previously in November Also featured on piano was Roger Kellaway.
Morrison was scheduled to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 's 25th anniversary concert on 30 Octoberbut cancelled. He appeared at the 46th Montreux Jazz Festival as a headliner on 7 July To mark the school's closure Morrison performed in the school assembly hall for three nights of concerts from 22—24 August. The performance on 22 August was exclusively for former teachers and pupils and the two remaining concerts were for members of the public .
Although the album was released in Junethe song was released as a single in November for the Christmas sales market and was performed on the BBC television show Top of the Pops. The single charted at No.
During the s, Morrison developed a close association with two vocal talents at opposite ends of their careers: Georgie Fame with whom Morrison had already worked occasionally lent his voice and Hammond organ skills to Morrison's band; and Brian Kennedy 's vocals complemented the grizzled voice of Morrison, both in studio and live performances. The s also saw an upsurge in collaborations by Morrison with other Big Bout Yah - Tenor Saw - Tenor Saw Lives On: A Tribute To Tenor Saw (CD), a trend continuing into the new millennium.
On this album, Hooker also recorded a cover of Morrison's " T. Sheets ". Morrison additionally collaborated with Tom Jones on his album Reloadperforming a duet on " Sometimes We Cry ", and he also sang vocals on a track entitled "The Last Laugh" on Mark Knopfler 's album, Sailing to Philadelphia. The album received a three star review from AllMusic who called it "a roots effort that never sounds studied". Featuring his characteristic growl—a mix of folkbluessouljazzgospeland Ulster Scots Celtic influences—Morrison Big Bout Yah - Tenor Saw - Tenor Saw Lives On: A Tribute To Tenor Saw (CD) widely considered by many rock historians to be one of the most unusual and influential vocalists in the history of rock and roll.
As Morrison began live performances of the year-old album Astral Weeks inthere were comparisons to his youthful voice of His early voice was described as "flinty and tender, beseeching and plaintive". Before, I sang in the upper area of my throat, which tends to wreck the vocal cords over time. Singing from lower in the belly allows my resonance to carry far. I can stand four feet from a mic and be heard quite resonantly.
Morrison has written hundreds of songs   during his career with a recurring theme reflecting a nostalgic yearning for the carefree days of his childhood in Belfast. Also frequently present in Morrison's best love songs is a blending of the sacred-profane as evidenced in " Into the Mystic " and "So Quiet in Here". Beginning with his album, Into the Music and the song " And the Healing Has Begun ", a frequent theme of his music and lyrics has been based on his belief in the healing power of music combined with a form of mystic Christianity.
This theme has become one of the predominant qualities of his work. His lyrics show an influence of the visionary poets William Blake and W. Indeed, Morrison is returning poetry to its earliest roots — as in Homer or Old English epics like Beowulf or the Psalms or folk song — in all of which words and music combine to form a new reality. The words may often be prosaic, and so can hardly be poetry.
Morrison has described his songwriting method by remarking that: "I write from a different place. I do not even know what it is called or if it has a name. It just comes and I sculpt it, but it is also a lot of hard work doing the sculpting. Alone among rock's great figures—and even in that company he is one of the greatest—Morrison is adamantly inward. And unique. His spiritually-themed style of music first came into full expression with Astral Weeks in and he was noted to have remained a "master of his transcendental craft" in while performing the Astral Weeks songs live.
His live performances are dependent on building dynamics with spontaneity between himself and his band, whom he controls with hand gestures throughout, sometimes signalling impromptu solos from a selected band member.
The music and vocals build towards a hypnotic and trance-like state that depends on in-the-moment creativity. Scott Foundas with LA Weekly wrote "he seeks to transcend the apparent boundaries of any given song; to achieve a total freedom of form; Big Bout Yah - Tenor Saw - Tenor Saw Lives On: A Tribute To Tenor Saw (CD) take himself, his band and the audience on a journey whose destination is anything but known.
In these moments, the self is left behind, and the sound, that "yarragh," becomes the active agent: a musical person, with its own mind, its own body. Morrison has said he believes in the jazz improvisational technique of never performing a song the same way twice and except for the unique rendition of the Astral Weeks songs live, doesn't perform a concert from a preconceived set list. If anything, I aim to take myself there in my music. If the listener catches the wavelength of what I am saying or singing, or gets whatever point whatever line means to them, then I guess as a writer I may have done a day's work.
Over the years he has recorded songs from a varying list of genres drawn from many influences and interests. Morrison's music has been described by music journalist Alan Light as "Celtic soul", Big Bout Yah - Tenor Saw - Tenor Saw Lives On: A Tribute To Tenor Saw (CD),  or what biographer Brian Hinton referred to as a new alchemy called "Caledonian soul. Yorke said Morrison "discovered several years after he first began composing music that some of his songs lent themselves to a unique major modal scale without sevenths which of course is the same scale as that used by bagpipe players and old Irish and Scottish folk music.
The name " Caledonia " has played a prominent role in Morrison's life and career. Biographer Ritchie Yorke had pointed out already by that Morrison has referred to Caledonia so many times in his career that he "seems to be obsessed with the word". Echoes of Morrison's rugged literateness and his gruff, feverish emotive vocals can be heard in latter day icons ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Elvis Costello ".
I had to stop listening to Van Morrison records about six months before we made The Unforgettable Fire because I didn't want his very original soul voice to overpower my own. Morrison's influence on the younger generation of singer-songwriters is pervasive: including Irish singer Damien Ricewho has been described as on his way to becoming the "natural heir to Van Morrison";  Ray Lamontagne ;  James Morrison ;   Paolo Nutini ;  Eric Lindell  David Gray and Ed Sheeran  are also several of the younger artists influenced by Morrison.
Glen Hansard of the Irish rock band the Frames who lists Van Morrison as being part of his holy trinity with Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen commonly covers his songs in concert. Overall, Morrison has typically been supportive of other artists, often willingly sharing the stage with them during his concerts. Morrison lived in Belfast from birth untilwhen he moved to London with Them,  and then three years later, he moved to New York after signing with Bang Records.
Facing deportation due to visa problems, he managed to stay in the US when his American girlfriend Janet Planet Rigsbee, who had a son named Peter from a previous relationship,  agreed to marry him. The couple had one daughter inShana Morrisonwho has become a singer-songwriter.
His wife appeared on the cover of the album Tupelo Honey. They divorced in Innine months into a tour with Linda Gail Lewis promoting their collaboration You Win AgainLewis left, later filing claims against Morrison for unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination. Both claims were later withdrawn, and Morrison's solicitor said, " Mr Morrison's pleased that these claims have finally been withdrawn.
He accepted a full apology and comprehensive retraction which represents a complete vindication of his stance from the outset. Miss Lewis has given a full and categorical apology and retraction to Mr Morrison. Morrison met Irish socialite Michelle Rocca in the summer ofand they often featured in the Dublin gossip columns, an unusual event for the reclusive Morrison.
Rocca also appeared on one of his album covers, Days Like This. In DecemberMorrison's tour manager Gigi Lee gave birth to a son, who she asserted was Morrison's and named after him.
Lee announced the birth of the child on Morrison's official website but Morrison denied paternity. Lee's son died in January from complications of diabetes and Lee died soon after from throat cancer in October His father died in and his mother Violet died in Morrison and his family have been affiliated with St Donard's Parish Church, an Anglican congregation of the Church of Ireland located in east Belfast. Ron Hubbard in one of his songs.
Later, he became wary of religion, saying: "I wouldn't touch it with a foot pole. But it generally means an organisation, so I don't really like to use the word, because that's what it really means. It really means this church or that church Morrison was the first living inductee not to attend his own ceremony  — Robbie Robertson from the Band accepted the award on his behalf.
Ray Charles presented the award, following a performance during which the pair performed Morrison's " Crazy Love " from the album, Moondance. Morrison received two civil awards in he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to music,  and was also recognized with an award from the French government which made him an Officier de l' Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Morrison has been announced as of the honorees listed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In Augustit was announced that Morrison would receive the Freedom of Belfastthe highest honour the city can bestow. After receiving the award, he performed a free concert for residents who won tickets from a lottery system. It is a self-guided trail, which over the course of 3. Morrison was chosen to be honoured by Michael Dorf at his annual charity concert at Carnegie Hall.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. Vocals guitar harmonica saxophone keyboards drums tambourine ukulele.
Decca Bang Warner Bros. Main article: Them band. Morrison's garage rock classic was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in As described by Paul Williams : "Van Morrison's voice a fierce beacon in the darkness, the lighthouse at the end of the world. Resulting in one of the most perfect rock anthems known to humankind.
Brown Eyed Girl. Morrison's classic hit single which appeared on the album Blowin' Your Mind! Init was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Main article: Astral Weeks. Astral Weeks is about the power of the human voice — ecstatic agony, agonising ecstacy. Here is an Irish tenor reborn as a White Negro — a Caucasian Soul Man — pleading and beseeching over a bed of dreamy folk-jazz instrumentation: acoustic bass, brushed drums, vibes and acoustic guitar, the odd string quartet — and of course flute.
Astral Weeks. The title song featuring the opening lines of the album: "If I ventured in the slipstream between the viaducts of your dream". Morrison sings the opening lines in falsetto and synthesisers mimic the sounds of the short wave radio stations that he listened to as a boy. Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl. The titled song, "Astral Weeks I Believe I've Transcended " with the opening lines: "If I ventured in the slipstream between the viaducts of your dream" shows "a deeper, louder roar than the blue-eyed soul voice of his youth — softer on the diction — but none the less impressively powerful.
It is at the heart of Morrison's presence as a singer that when he lights on certain sounds, certain small moments inside a song—hesitations, silences, shifts in pressure, sudden entrances, slamming doors—can then suggest whole territories, completed stories, indistinct ceremonies, far outside anything that can be literally traced in the compositions that carry them.
Van Morrison is interested, obsessed with how much musical or verbal information he can compress into a small space, and, almost, conversely, how far he can spread one note, word, sound, or picture. To capture one moment, be it a caress or a twitch. He repeats certain phrases to extremes that from anybody else would seem ridiculous, because he's waiting for a vision to unfold, trying as unobtrusively as possible to nudge it along It's the great search, fuelled by the belief that through these musical and mental processes illumination is attainable.
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