Van Morrison

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Van Morrison, OBE (born George Ivan Morrison; 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are described as mystical and transcendental, while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It's Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed and appear at the top of many greatest album lists.

Known as "Van the Man" to his fans, Morrison started his professional career when, as a teenager in the late 1950s, he played a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands covering the popular hits of the day. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he recorded the garage band classic "Gloria". His solo career began under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Berns with the release of the hit single "Brown Eyed Girl" in 1967. After Berns' death, Warner Bros. Records bought out his contract and allowed him three sessions to record Astral Weeks in 1968. Even though this album would gradually garner high praise, it was initially poorly received; however, the next one, Moondance, established Morrison as a major artist, and throughout the 1970s he built on his reputation with a series of critically acclaimed albums and live performances. Morrison continues to record and tour, producing albums and live performances that sell well and are generally warmly received, sometimes collaborating with other artists, such as Georgie Fame and The Chieftains. In 2008 he performed Astral Weeks live for the first time since 1968.

Much of Morrison's music is structured around the conventions of soul music and R&B, such as the popular singles "Brown Eyed Girl", "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)", "Domino" and "Wild Night". An equal part of his catalogue consists of lengthy, loosely connected, spiritually inspired musical journeys that show the influence of Celtic tradition, jazz, and stream-of-consciousness narrative, such as Astral Weeks and lesser-known works such as Veedon Fleece and Common One. The two strains together are sometimes referred to as "Celtic Soul".

Morrison has received considerable acclaim, including six Grammy Awards, the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, being inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and appearing on several "Greatest Artists" lists.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1967 Blowin’ Your Mind! Van Morrison 5
1968 Astral Weeks Van Morrison 4.35 8
1970 Moondance Van Morrison 4.65 11
1970 His Band and the Street Choir Van Morrison 6
1971 Tupelo Honey Van Morrison 3 7
1972 Saint Dominic’s Preview Van Morrison 4 6
1973 Hard Nose the Highway Van Morrison 3 4
1974 Veedon Fleece Van Morrison 3 6
1977 A Period of Transition Van Morrison 3
1978 Wavelength Van Morrison 4
1979 Into the Music Van Morrison 4 5
1980 Common One Van Morrison 3 6
1982 Beautiful Vision Van Morrison 3 4
1983 Inarticulate Speech of the Heart Van Morrison 5
1984 A Sense of Wonder Van Morrison 4
1986 No Guru, No Method, No Teacher Van Morrison 6
1987 Poetic Champions Compose Van Morrison 5 4
1988 Irish Heartbeat Van Morrison & The Chieftains 6
1989 Avalon Sunset Van Morrison 3.5 5
1990 Enlightenment Van Morrison 4
1991 Hymns to the Silence Van Morrison 3.5 5
1992 Together Van Morrison & John Lee Hooker 1
1993 Too Long in Exile Van Morrison 3 2
1995 Days Like This Van Morrison 3
1996 Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, Mose Allison & Ben Sidran 1
1997 The Healing Game Van Morrison 2
1999 Back on Top Van Morrison 4 4
1999 In Session Van Morrison 1
2000 You Win Again Van Morrison & Linda Gail Lewis 2
2000 An Irishman in N.Y. Van Morrison 1
2002 Down the Road Van Morrison 3
2003 What's Wrong With This Picture? Van Morrison 3
2005 Magic Time Van Morrison 2 4
2006 Pay the Devil Van Morrison 4 3
2008 Keep It Simple Van Morrison 3
2008 Astral Weeks / Moondance / His Band and the Street Choir Van Morrison 1
2010 The Essential Van Morrison Van Morrison 1
2012 Born to Sing: No Plan B Van Morrison 2
New York Sessions '67 Van Morrison 1
Van Morrison Van Morrison 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1973 T.B. Sheets Compilation Van Morrison 2
1990 The Best of Van Morrison Compilation Van Morrison 4 5
1991 Bang Masters Compilation Van Morrison 4 2
1992 The Lost Tapes, Volume 1 Compilation Van Morrison 1
1992 The Lost Tapes, Volume 2 Compilation Van Morrison 1
1993 The Best of Van Morrison, Volume 2 Compilation Van Morrison 5
1998 The Philosopher's Stone Compilation Van Morrison 1
1999 Super Hits Compilation Van Morrison 2 1
1999 Millenium Collection Compilation Van Morrison 1
2000 Brown Eyed Girl Compilation Van Morrison 4

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