Van Morrison came in 1945 in Belfast born, the son of a shipyard worker who collected American blues and jazz records with great passion. It so happened that Van came into contact at a very young age with the music of Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson, Lightnin 'Hopkins or John Lee Hooker. For years, exceedingly different musical influences exposed - among others Country, blues, jazz and folk, to name just a few genres - he played from his thirteen and even guitar, saxophone and harmonica; namely in various local bands show, Skiffle- and rock'n'roll groups. When he finally became the flagship rockers the burgeoning blues-rock scene of Britain in his role as frontman of the band Them, he had consequently been several years filed on his can off-side; Yes, he had been with a few of the most weirdest combos throughout Belfast on a stage. In Van Morrison's music you always could clearly hear the various influences which during his childhood had him come into the streets of Belfast to ears that had marked him forever. The mobile cornerstone of his musical universe thus were already at a time when the bands of his youth and he founded band Them, which he should celebrate his 1964 breakthrough, in many ways, were still in the future.
From Jim Daly Trio supports, Morrison began his solo career also in Belfast, namely the opening act for Alexis Kroner. He then toured with Cuby and The Blizzards by the Netherlands, around 1967 to go to New York City, where he recorded an LP with the significant title "Blowin 'Your Mind" with the producer Bert Berns, he heard of the work with the band Them knew. After Berns' death in 1968 gathered Morrison a group of jazz musicians around to take with them "Astral Weeks", a classic in which he. Elements of Celtic music with improvised jazz and RB influences to a timeless whole Linked
First, in Boston, and later in California, Morrison produced a number of albums, among others "Moondance," "Tupelo Honey" and "Saint Dominic's Preview" while at the same time several tours with his band, the Caledonia Soul Orchestra, graduated. The live album "It's Too Late To Stop Now" from 1974 marked here the final point of this early, very productive creative period, because it was also the point at which Van for Ireland returned to now reinforced with its Celtic roots deal. The next album, "Veedon Fleece" (1974), already distinguished by much calmer shots from - and it should be the last album release in front of a three-year break.
1977 reported Van Morrison then the once aptly titled "A Period Of Transition" album back in the Mac "Dr. John "Rebennack participated as co-producer. After moving to London, the albums "Wavelength" (1978) and "Into The Music" (1979) appeared. At this time, Morrison spirituality found more and more input into his music.
The motif of a spiritual quest was in the albums that he should take up in the eighties, after the thread: "common One", "Beautiful Vision", "inarticulate Speech Of The Heart", "A Sense Of Wonder", " No guru, No Method, No Teacher "and" Poetic Champions Compose "strengthened Morrisons reputation as a truly exceptional musician with a unique vision.
In 1988, he sat down together with The Chieftains again with his Irish roots apart, on the album "Irish Heartbeat". The successor of 1989, "Avalon Sunset", should in the coming years will be commercially successful album. At the same time this LP marked the end of another exceptionally productive decade in the career of Van Morrison.
And productive it went well in the nineties, though under slightly different stylistic sign: With "Enlightenment" (1990) and "Hymns To The Silence" (1991), Van Morrison went again on spiritual search for meaning, whereas "Too Long In Exile "(1993) a return represented the classic blues sound. With a new version of "Gloria", performed with his blues buddy John Lee Hooker, Van could bargain conquer the British charts again.
After the acclaimed "Days Like This" album (1995) was published in "How Long Has This Been Going On" (1995), a record that consisted largely of jazz standards, with him this time his old friend and colleague Georgie Fame stood aside.
After the 1997 album "The Healing game" then appeared with "The Philosopher's Stone" (1998) an album, on the 30 previously unreleased songs from the years 1971 to 1988, gathered and a number of new songs and interpretations of Morrison classics like " Wonderful Remark "or" Bright Side Of The Road ". In the same year (1998) was able to take a Van Grammy for "Do not Look Back" album with John Lee Hooker in reception which he had produced himself.
"Back On Top" came in March 1999 in the stores, and the critically acclaimed LP developed in no time at one of his most successful of this phase: The single "Precious Time" went straight into the UK Top 40 and gave him a big solo -Hit.
After nearly four decades of a career spanning Surprised there anyone when Van Morrison returned in 2000 to his musical roots and the circle - concluded "The Skiffle Sessions Live In Belfast". Once again on the side of his youth idols After a long, long time, Van stood with his skiffle veteran Lonnie Donegan and Chris Barber in Belfast's Whitla Hall fOr a unique concert on stage, and the energy and the enthusiasm of musicians and audiences alike immortalized on said live full-length album. Again praised the critics its performance in the highest tones.
2002 Van Morrison then returned to Polydor Records back and released a new album titled "Down The Road". The LP consisted of 13 brand new compositions and new interpretations of "Georgia On My Mind" and "Evening Shadows", actually an instrumental piece by Acker Bilk, the Van finished with his magical voice.
Given its outstanding position as one of the most important songwriters of the last century, Van Morrison was recorded in June 2003 in a ceremony in New York City into the "Songwriters Hall of Fame".
A few months later he signed a worldwide record deal with the legendary blue Note label - an obvious choice for one of the most creative minds in the international music scene. Morrison's first album for the renowned jazz label was "What's Wrong With This Picture?", With which he anknÜpfte to jazz and blues influences with which he had occupied himself repeatedly in the course of his career. "What's Wrong With This Picture?" Was eventually nominated for a Grammy Award in the category "Best Contemporary Blues Album".
"Magic Time", in 2005 on his own Exile Music Recordings label published, contained some of the most haunting songs that Van Morrison has written: inter alia "Stranded", "Magic Time", "Celtic New Year" and "Gypsy In My Soul". This was followed by the album "Pay The Devil", a self absolutely positive connection of three brand new songs (including the title track) and 12 covers of country classics penned by the likes of Hank Williams, Webb Pierce, Merle Kilgore, Rodney Crowell, Curly Williams and Leon Payne.
Two of the new songs of this album, "Playhouse" and "This Has Got To Stop" could be heard along with five other pieces on a limited DVD and see that recorded in Nashville at the legendary Ryman Auditorium and the "Pay The Devil" album was settled. At the time of the album release, in 2006, this limited edition mini-DVD was the only officially available live recording of Morrison concert - but that should soon change (!): A few months later appeared namely "Live At Montreux", a double DVD with recordings of his unforgettable performances at the renowned Jazz Festival in 1974 and 1980. the reviewers About Wolfschlugen again with praise; one described the live DVD as "a chance to see a legend in the prime of life", while another described the recordings as a "truly enriching encounter with one of the most important figures from the world of music".
Van Morrison was awarded in early 2007 for his repeated involvement in film projects under the "US-Ireland Alliance Awards". Presented by Al Pacino, in particular the diversity and the unique depth of Van Morrison was honored songs with this price, which had been used by such renowned filmmakers like Scorsese, Hackford, Landis, Stone and many others as a soundtrack over time.
Classic "Brown Eyed Girl" to "Days Like This" and "Have I Told You Lately" were consequently on the next best-of album, "At The Movies - Soundtrack Hits", gathered, one of three different Hitler compilations of Van Morrison, who came to stores in 2007 - a publication density mind that one so certainly can rarely observed in a surviving musicians. In June last year appeared with "Best of Van Morrison Volume 3" a collection of his newer songs, among others To name a few recordings in duet with Tom Jones, John Lee Hooker, BB King and Ray Charles. This album should go into the British charts, followed by "Still On Top", the actual "Greatest Hits" album, consisting of Morrisons main songs that went on the second place in the UK charts and in no time reached platinum status. Again the man from Belfast had demonstrated that people of his compositions could not get enough ...
Which brings us arrived here and now: This year (2008) will show "Keep It Simple", the 35th album Van Morrison has produced hand. This is his first album with new compositions since 2005, and at the same time to the first album in a long time, in which he all songs - has written for an album - 11 in this case. And of course combines Morrison with his new LP the whole range of his influences - jazz, folk, blues, the music of the Ulster-Scots, country, soul and gospel (yes, he makes this time even before Ukulele not stop!) - That he sometimes even all woven into a coherent whole and thus casually done its unique trademark sound.
Now is "Keep It Simple" but no album on which are majestic wind instruments or Oversized string arrangements to hear. In this respect, it differs significantly from some of the previous albums. What it is, however: A thoroughly positive record that impresses with gorgeous songs, deeply emotional pieces that are profound and just beautiful - and on top of that you can enjoy on "Keep It Simple" Vans unique saxophone playing. For a long time he was on the way; far Van Morrison has traveled since its first steps in Belfast; but ultimately we are now at the point where the man Bob Geldof once "the only true musical genius in Ireland" called, has returned to that maxim, which also functions as the title of his upcoming album.
While "Keep It Simple" is displayed in touch soon, is the musician, who penned comes this album, still ceaselessly around the world on tour and plays an average over 100 concerts a year.
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