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Van Morrison
Biography and CD You Win Again recorded with Linda Gail Lewis
Sheet music by Van Morrison




Added in February 2001

Biography


Van Morrison was born as George Ivan Morrison in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1945. His father was a working-class man, his father a jazz singer. At the age of 13, he took up soprano saxophone, guitar and harmonica. At 15, he left school and joined the country-rock band Deanie Sands & The Javelins. A year later, he toured with the Monarchs. He sang mostly blues, country and jazz. He had a part in the obscure movie Glide and recorded the single Twingy Baby with The Monarchs before, at the end of 1963, the formed the group Them, together with Chris Andrews' support group. With Mystic Eyes and Gloria, the r&b group Them had notable hits. In 1967, Morrison was invited to New York by producer Bert Berns and recorded his first single, Brown Eyed Girl (US#7), which sold over 750,000 copies in the US alone. After Berns' death in December 1967, Morrison joined Warner Brothers and, in 1968, released Astral Weeks, one of his best albums ever. Its mix of folk, rock, gospel and blues was to become his trademark. In 1970, he released several albums: Moondance (US#44), His Band And The Street Choir (US#20) and Tupelo Honey (US#21), a mix of Curtis Mayfield's sweet, romantic soul and Fats Domino's New Orleans sound (Rolling Stone). Among his successful singles were Domino (US#6) and Blue Money (US#14). In 1972 came the album Saint Dominic's Preview (US#12), another milestone, but not written for a wider audience. The double album It's Too Late To Stop Now was released in 1973 (US#60), with r&b standards and more. Hard Nose The Highway followed soon afterwards. In December 1974, Veedon Fleece (US#93) testified to Morrison's roots in Irish and Celtic folk music. Among his later albums are 1984's A Sense of Wonder (US#61, UK#14, Germany#53), another masterpiece. In 1986, Van Morrison distanced himself from religious sects - he had previously been close to Scientology. In 1990, he was part of Roger Waters' (Pink Floyd) performance of The Wall in Berlin. The same year, his album Enlightenment (US#62, UK#5, Germany#43) was released. In 1991, he composed four songs for Tom Jones' album Carrying A Torch. In 1993, Van Morrison entered the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame. In recent years, "Van The Man" has unfortunately produced no other substantial album.


Van Morrison: Astral Weeks. One of his best albums. Get it from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr.




 

Added on October 19, 2007: Finally a valuable CD collection for Van Morrison fans with many of his best songs: Still On Top, Universal, November 2007. Get the 3 CDs of the collector's edition Still On Top from Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk or Citydisc Schweiz. Get the normal edition with the same cover but 21 instead of 51 songs from Amazon.com.


Added on December 19, 2006
New and valuable: Van Morrison Live at Montreux 1980 & 1974. Order the DVD from Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.



Added in February 2001

You Win Again, album 2000


This is the worst CD I have listened to in quite a long time. Van Morrison's and Linda Gail Lewis' new album You Win Again is impertinent, an insult to any listener. Let's Talk About Us is pitiful, handmade rock 'n' roll. You could easily find a teenage band rehearsing in a garage in your neighborhood playing on the same level. You Win Again with its country and Hawaiian feeling does not live up to its title, nobody wins with that song. Awkward rock 'n' roll versions of Jambalaya and Cadillac, annoying country with Crazy Arms, Why Don't You Love Me and Old Blade Joe; forget about this album. Only the r&b and blues tunes Think Twice Before You Go, Baby (You Got What It Takes) and Boogie Chillen are half-way satisfying. Van Morrison and Linda Gail Lewis, the youngest sister of the rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis, have not delivered a homage to Hank Williams, the father of country, which William's would be proud of. The only new composition on You Win Again, the country song No Way Pedro, is a shameful. On this new album, Van Morrison seems to want to prove that he cannot sing anymore and Linda Gail Lewis' soprano gets on your nerves. - Van Morrison, Linda Gail Lewis: You Win Again, 2000. Order the CD from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr.

Sheet music by Van Morrison

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