Van Morrison

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Legal name: George Ivan Morrison


Sir George Ivan Morrison, OBE (born 31 August 1945), known as Van Morrison, is a Northern Irish singer and songwriter with a reputation for being at once stubborn, idiosyncratic, and sublime. His studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance, and the live album It's Too Late to Stop Now, are acclaimed as among the greatest recorded. In 2016 he was knighted for his musical achievements and his services to tourism and charitable causes in Northern Ireland.

Known as "Van the Man", 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 (1968). Even though this album would gradually garner high praise, it was initially a poor seller; Moondance (1970), however, established Morrison as a major artist, and he built on his reputation throughout the 1970s with a series of 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 the album Astral Weeks and lesser-known ones such as Veedon Fleece and Common One. The two strains together are sometimes referred to as "Celtic soul". He has received six Grammy Awards, the 1994 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Blowin’ Your Mind! Van Morrison 5
1968 Astral Weeks Van Morrison 4.5 11
1970 Moondance Van Morrison 4.6 22
1970 His Band and the Street Choir Van Morrison 9
1971 Tupelo Honey Van Morrison 3 8
1972 Saint Dominic’s Preview Van Morrison 4 6
1973 Hard Nose the Highway Van Morrison 3 4
1974 Veedon Fleece Van Morrison 4 6
1977 A Period of Transition Van Morrison 4
1978 Wavelength Van Morrison 6
1979 Into the Music Van Morrison 3.5 9
1980 Common One Van Morrison 3.5 7
1982 Beautiful Vision Van Morrison 3.5 4
1983 Inarticulate Speech of the Heart Van Morrison 5 10
1984 A Sense of Wonder Van Morrison 5 5
1986 No Guru, No Method, No Teacher Van Morrison 5 8
1987 Poetic Champions Compose Van Morrison 4.5 4
1988 Irish Heartbeat Van Morrison & The Chieftains 6
1989 Avalon Sunset Van Morrison 3.5 5
1990 Enlightenment Van Morrison 6
1991 Hymns to the Silence Van Morrison 3.75 5
1992 Together Van Morrison & John Lee Hooker 1
1993 Too Long in Exile Van Morrison 4 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 3
1998 The Blues Buddies Van Morrison 1
1999 Back on Top Van Morrison 4 4
1999 New York Sessions '67 Van Morrison 4
1999 In Session Van Morrison 1
1999 The Great Van Morrison 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 4
2003 What's Wrong With This Picture? Van Morrison 4
2005 Magic Time Van Morrison 2 4
2006 Pay the Devil Van Morrison 4 3
2008 Keep It Simple Van Morrison 4
2008 Astral Weeks / Moondance / His Band and the Street Choir Van Morrison 1
2012 Born to Sing: No Plan B Van Morrison 2
2015 Duets: Re‐Working the Catalogue Van Morrison 4
2016 Keep Me Singing Van Morrison 2
Gets His Chance to Wail Van Morrison 1
Pure Bootleg Van Morrison 1
Van Morrison Van Morrison 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 T.B. Sheets Van Morrison 2
1990 The Best of Van Morrison Van Morrison 4 6
1991 Bang Masters Van Morrison 4 2
1992 The Lost Tapes, Volume 1 Van Morrison 1
1992 The Lost Tapes, Volume 2 Van Morrison 1
1993 The Best of Van Morrison, Volume 2 Van Morrison 5
1996 Gypsy Soul: Lost Demos From a Classic Period Van Morrison 1
1998 The Philosopher’s Stone Van Morrison 2
1999 Super Hits Van Morrison 2 1
1999 Millenium Collection Van Morrison 1
2000 Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison 5
2000 Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison 1
2000 The Great Van Morrison Van Morrison 1
2003 Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison 1
2003 Freaky If You got This Far Van Morrison 1
2005 Madame George Van Morrison 1
2006 Van Morrison Van Morrison 1
2007 At the Movies: Soundtrack Hits Van Morrison 1
2007 The Best of Van Morrison, Volume 3 Van Morrison 2
2007 Still on Top: The Greatest Hits Van Morrison 3
2007 The Great Voices Van Morrison & Tom Jones 1
2008 Van Morrison Collection Van Morrison 1
2008 Van The Man Van Morrison 1
2009 The Man Van Morrison 1
2009 Greatest Hits Van Morrison 1
2010 The Essential Van Morrison Van Morrison 1
2015 The Essential Van Morrison Van Morrison 2
Anthology Van Morrison 1
At His Best Van Morrison 1
Catalog Strays 1965–2000 Van Morrison 1
It's Allright Van Morrison 1
Talking to the Spirit Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, Mose Allison & Ben Sidran 1
The Genuine Philosophers Stone Van Morrison 1
The Masters Van Morrison 1
Them Them feat. Van Morrison 1
Unplugged in the Studio Van Morrison 1
Van Morrison Van Morrison 1
Van Morrison & Friends Van Morrison 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 It’s Too Late to Stop Now Van Morrison 5 8
2016 ..It’s Too Late to Stop Now…Volumes II, III, IV & DVD Van Morrison 5 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast Van Morrison 5
1989 Live at the Roxy Van Morrison 1
1992 Meets Bob Dylan / John Lee Hooker / The Chieftains / The Danish Radio Band Van Morrison 1
1992 Pagan Streams Van Morrison 1
1994 A Night in San Francisco Van Morrison 5
1996 How Long Has This Been Going On Van Morrison with Georgie Fame & Friends 1
1998 1998-05-19: Burning Ground: San Jose Arena, San Jose, CA, USA Van Morrison 1
1998 1997-02-2/3: Belfast Child: Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK Van Morrison 1
1998 1998-02-18/20: Brighton Dome Memoirs: The Dome, Brighton, Sussex, UK Van Morrison 1
2000 The Skiffle Sessions: Live in Belfast Van Morrison, Lonnie Donegan & Chris Barber 2
2001 Duets Van Morrison & Bob Dylan 1
2006 Live at Montreux 1974 Van Morrison 1
2006 Live at Austin City Limits Festival Van Morrison 1
2009 Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl Van Morrison 3 3
2013 The Bottom Line 78 Van Morrison 1

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