Van Morrison – Transformation

After 72 years, Sir George Ivan “Van” Morrison is still wandering through buttercup summers and playing new games down in the hollow. “Transformation,” (above) a song from his upcoming album, his 37th, forms his latest summer into fall meditation.

It’s gold baby, this “Transformation,” and it comes to us just as northern . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Transformation

50th Vanniversary: THE MARSHMALLOW THAT MADE… AND ALMOST BROKE VAN MORRISON, By Claude Iosso

On the way to forging his own way in music, Van Morrison penned a sentimental ditty called “Brown Eyed Girl.” Sung with gusto over a simple, three-chord melody, the song remains Morrison’s biggest hit 50 years later. “Brown Eyed Girl” is still sung around campfires and is an oldies station staple, but I think . . . → Read More: 50th Vanniversary: THE MARSHMALLOW THAT MADE… AND ALMOST BROKE VAN MORRISON, By Claude Iosso

Van Morrison – Crazy Love, by Rich Horton

A couple weeks ago I was working up an acoustic arrangement of Van’s song, “Crazy Love,” for May May and me to sing with another couple. After a few passes at it, I abandoned it for a different song by a more harmony-inclined band. Despite the catchiness & simplicity of “Crazy Love,” it just . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Crazy Love, by Rich Horton

Van Morrison – Veedon Fleece, by Davin Michael Stedman

Drinking a cold beer and listening to Van Morrison’s near masterpiece Veedon Fleece. I always wanted to track down this album, now I am tripping through Van’s own Irish myth and stream of conscious ramblings toward rich green patches of brilliance.

He’s just a giant mushroom. He doesn’t make much sense, but you are . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Veedon Fleece, by Davin Michael Stedman

Van Morrison – In the Garden (No Guru, No Method, No Teacher)

Here’s a lovely version of “In the Garden” off No Guru, No Method, No Teacher recorded at Van Morrison’s 70th birthday (8/31/2015) concert on Cypress Avenue in Belfast, near Hyndeford street, near Sir George Ivan Morrison’s childhood home.

It’s amazing to me that there’s any musician out there who can still make great music . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – In the Garden (No Guru, No Method, No Teacher)

Van Morrison – Let the Slave

A moment of eerie synchronicity with this tune just caught me.

I hadn’t heard it in 25 years, but a lyric from here, actually a line William Blake’s poetry, has stuck with me ever since I eagerly lapped up A Sense of Wonder on day of release in 1985: “Wisdom is sold . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Let the Slave

Van Morrison – Domino Live 1977, by Kristen Anderson

1970: Domino. This opening track on his fourth album is a tribute to Fats Domino and was originally a longer piece but was cut down when Morrison was asked for more ‘radio-friendly’ singles. White R&B with a touch of God thrown in for good measure. Classic Van.

– Kristen Anderson

Van Morrison – Cold Wind in August, by Pat Thomas

It was a “Cold wind in August” with Mick Ronson on guitar, Dr. John on piano – excellent live video footage from 1977.

– Pat Thomas is the author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975.

Come On People, It’s Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, by Pat Thomas

Recently, a new article about the origins of Van Morrison‘s Astral Weeks was making the rounds of Facebook, here’s a few words that I’ve jotted down on how I “hear” that album: I’ve never understood why people feel the need to expand the tale (and myth) of Astral Weeks. It’s perfect just the way . . . → Read More: Come On People, It’s Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, by Pat Thomas

Van Morrison’s Moondance: A Perfect Album, by Pat Thomas

45 years ago today, 2/28/1970 – Van Morrison released the Moondance album. I jotted down a few thoughts on what I think in 2015.

Van Morrison’s second Warner Brothers album is so good; it arguably could have been a ‘best of’ collection. One of those rare records in which there’s no bad tracks. At . . . → Read More: Van Morrison’s Moondance: A Perfect Album, by Pat Thomas

Van Morrison – Linden Arden Stole the Highlights, by Pat Thomas

40 years ago today, Van Morrison released the Veedon Fleece album – for every person who moans that Van never recorded another Astral Weeks – this album is for you. For everyone who claims Van is an “old git” – but thinks that someone like Robyn Hitchcock is still relevant, then keep in mind . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Linden Arden Stole the Highlights, by Pat Thomas

Van Morrison – And it Stoned Me

I’m very glad someone filmed this appearance by Van at Montreux in 1980. Different Youtubed song clips from it float my way from time to time. Right after Common One, this had to be A peak, even THE peak.

…not to mention fishing poles…

Van Morrison – Into the Mystic, By Randy Rendfeld

This live version of Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” is OK, although the foghorn needs some help. But I should have flagged this file: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVAnlke_xUY, the original album version. It’s the heart of Moondance, a nearly perfect album. This song seems to be about a spiritual quest and also about an act of love . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Into the Mystic, By Randy Rendfeld

Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey – Awesome Version

This truly is an “awesome” version. It may have additional lyrics not heard on the album version. Or it may not.

Van Morrison – I Can’t Stop Loving You – Crazy Love (with Ray Charles) By Ron Swanson

I don’t know that I’ve heard this version before, but it is pretty good:

I’ve loved Van’s reading of it since Hymns to the Silence, but this is nice.

Never had heard this either.

I am becoming more and more a fan of Youtube. It pretty much replaces my . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – I Can’t Stop Loving You – Crazy Love (with Ray Charles) By Ron Swanson

Van Morrison – Why Must I Always Explain?

This eloquent trad-rocker is a gem from George Ivan “Van” Morrison’s later career. First released on the full and excellent 1991 recording, Hymns to the Silence, this many-layered tune offers numerous wise and poetic turns of phrase such as Van’s characterization of his audiences, “there were hypocrites and parasites and people that dream” and . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Why Must I Always Explain?

Van Morrison – In the Garden

A lovely, minimalist version of “In the Garden” from No Guru No Method No Teacher with Van’s inimitable voice surrounded by transcendant piano, bass and acoustic guitar.

Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey – Live With Great Solo by Pee Wee Ellis

This may have been a small step for Van at the time, but it comes across as a giant leap for Vankind 30 plus years later. Recorded at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in 1980, here is a clip with top notch sound of Van at a late career peak– Common One had just come . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey – Live With Great Solo by Pee Wee Ellis

Van Morrison, Dr John, Carlos Santana & Etta James – Moondance

Go here to view the vid.

Thanks to Pat Thomas for the tip.

John Lee Hooker & Van Morrison – The Healing Game

There’s no need to worry about coverage or co-pays when you get your health insurance through John Lee Hooker and Van Morrison: