Van Morrison

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Legal name: George Ivan Morrison


Sir George Ivan "Van" Morrison OBE (born 31 August 1945) is a singer-songwriter and musician from Northern Ireland whose recording career spans seven decades.

Morrison began performing as a teenager in the late 1950s, playing a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands, covering the popular hits of that time. Known as "Van the Man" to his fans, Morrison rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Belfast R&B band Them, with whom he wrote and recorded "Gloria", which became a garage band staple. His solo career started under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Berns with the release of the hit single "Brown Eyed Girl" in 1967. After Berns's death, Warner Bros. Records bought Morrison's contract and allowed him three sessions to record Astral Weeks (1968). While initially a poor seller, the album has become regarded as a classic. Moondance (1970) established Morrison as a major artist, and he built on his reputation throughout the 1970s with a series of acclaimed albums and live performances.

Much of Morrison's music is structured around the conventions of soul music and early rhythm and blues. An equal part of his catalogue consists of lengthy, spiritually inspired musical journeys that show the influence of Celtic tradition, jazz and stream of consciousness narrative, such as the album Astral Weeks. The two strains together are sometimes referred to as "Celtic soul", and his music has been described as attaining "a kind of violent transcendence".

Morrison's albums have performed well in the UK and Ireland, with more than 40 reaching the UK top 40. He has scored top ten albums in the UK in four consecutive decades, following the success of 2021's Latest Record Project, Volume 1. Eighteen of his albums have reached the top 40 in the United States, twelve of them between 1997 and 2017. Since turning 70 in 2015, he has released – on average – more than an album a year. He has received two Grammy Awards, the 1994 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, the 2017 Americana Music Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was knighted for services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland.

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1967Blowin’ Your Mind!Van Morrison412
1968Astral WeeksVan Morrison416
1970MoondanceVan Morrison4.5532
1970His Band and the Street ChoirVan Morrison514
1971Tupelo HoneyVan Morrison3.3511
1972Saint Dominic’s PreviewVan Morrison4.358
1973Hard Nose the HighwayVan Morrison46
1974Veedon FleeceVan Morrison4.511
1977A Period of TransitionVan Morrison6
1978WavelengthVan Morrison8
1979Into the MusicVan Morrison3.511
1980Common OneVan Morrison3.59
1982Beautiful VisionVan Morrison3.58
1983Inarticulate Speech of the HeartVan Morrison513
1984A Sense of WonderVan Morrison59
1986No Guru, No Method, No TeacherVan Morrison59
1987Poetic Champions ComposeVan Morrison4.57
1988Irish HeartbeatVan Morrison & The Chieftains7
1989Avalon SunsetVan Morrison3.659
1990EnlightenmentVan Morrison8
1991Hymns to the SilenceVan Morrison3.657
1993Too Long in ExileVan Morrison44
1995Days Like ThisVan Morrison5
1996Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose AllisonVan Morrison, Georgie Fame, Mose Allison & Ben Sidran53
1997The Healing GameVan Morrison9
1999Back on TopVan Morrison410
2000You Win AgainVan Morrison & Linda Gail Lewis2
2002Down the RoadVan Morrison36
2003What’s Wrong With This Picture?Van Morrison6
2005Magic TimeVan Morrison25
2006Pay the DevilVan Morrison44
2008Keep It SimpleVan Morrison7
2012Born to Sing: No Plan BVan Morrison2
2015Duets: Re‐Working the CatalogueVan Morrison5
2016Keep Me SingingVan Morrison24
2017Roll With the PunchesVan Morrison5
2017VersatileVan Morrison44
2018You’re Driving Me CrazyVan Morrison and Joey DeFrancesco4
2018The Prophet SpeaksVan Morrison6
2019Three Chords & the TruthVan Morrison8
2021Latest Record Project, Volume 1Van Morrison44
2022What’s It Gonna Take?Van Morrison3
2023Moving On SkiffleVan Morrison3
2023Accentuate the PositiveVan Morrison2

Album + Compilation

1973T.B. SheetsVan Morrison3
1977This Is Where I Came InVan Morrison1
1990The Best of Van MorrisonVan Morrison413
1990ThemThem feat. Van Morrison1
1991Bang MastersVan Morrison45
1992The Lost Tapes, Volume 2Van Morrison1
1992The Lost Tapes, Volume 1Van Morrison1
1993The Best of Van Morrison, Volume 2Van Morrison5
1996New York Sessions ’67Van Morrison10
1996Spanish RoseVan Morrison1
1997The MastersVan Morrison1
1998Brown Eyed GirlVan Morrison1
1998Brown Eyed BeginningsVan Morrison1
1998The Philosopher’s Stone (compilation of 1970s–1980s outtakes)Van Morrison52
199812 grandes éxitos en versión originalVan Morrison1
1999Super HitsVan Morrison23
1999In SessionVan Morrison1
1999It's AllrightVan Morrison1
1999The Great Van MorrisonVan Morrison1
1999The Back RoomVan Morrison1
2000The Early YearsVan Morrison1
2000Brown Eyed GirlVan Morrison39
2000The Early Years 67–68Van Morrison1
2000The Great Van MorrisonVan Morrison11
2000Van MorrisonVan Morrison1
2002Talking to the SpiritVan Morrison, Georgie Fame, Mose Allison & Ben Sidran1
2003...At His BestVan Morrison1
2003Brown Eyed GirlVan Morrison1
2003Brown Eyed GirlVan Morrison1
2003Freaky If You got This FarVan Morrison1
2004Midnight SpecialVan Morrison1
2004Timeless ClassicsVan Morrison1
2005Madame GeorgeVan Morrison1
2005Golden LegendsVan Morrison1
2006Brown Eyed GirlVan Morrison1
2006Van MorrisonVan Morrison2
2006Van MorrisonVan Morrison1
2007At the Movies: Soundtrack HitsVan Morrison52
2007The Best of Van Morrison, Volume 3Van Morrison3
2007Here ComesVan Morrison1
2007Still on Top: The Greatest HitsVan Morrison45
2007It’s All RightVan Morrison1
2007The Great VoicesVan Morrison & Tom Jones1
2008Astral Weeks / Moondance / His Band and the Street ChoirVan Morrison1
2008Van Morrison CollectionVan Morrison1
2008Van The ManVan Morrison1
2009Playlist: The Very Best of Van Morrison (The Bang Years)Van Morrison1
2009The ManVan Morrison1
2009Greatest HitsVan Morrison1
2010The Essential Van Morrison (Bang sessions)Van Morrison1
2011The Van Morrison Christmas AlbumVan Morrison1
2012Ultimate Van Morrison CollectionVan Morrison1
2015The Essential Van MorrisonVan Morrison4
2017The Authorized Bang CollectionVan Morrison41
2018The Alternative MoondanceVan Morrison41
2023Beyond Words: InstrumentalVan Morrison41

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