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2014

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Van Morrison to Release Lyric Book

August 8, 2014

Van Morrison has personally selected 200 pages' worth of what he feels are his most important and enduring turns of phrase for inclusion in the upcoming book, Lit Up Inside, due out October 21st. "The lyrics in this book span 50 years of writing and as...

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Kip Moore's Campfire Playlist

July 9, 2014

Brooklyn, Michigan is the spot for three days of country music and camping, as the Faster Horses Festival gallops to town July 18-20. This year's lineup is seemingly plucked straight from the CMA Awards red carpet, as it includes huge stars such as Kip...

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5 Extremely Rare Records

March 28, 2014

This week, the Wu-Tang Clan announced that they had a completed a 31-track double album, The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. But instead of releasing it through conventional means, they plan to make a single copy and tour it around the world...

2013

Album Review

Moondance (Deluxe Edition)

October 18, 2013

"Here we go to the main course!" ad-libs Van Morrison on an extended "Caravan," one of the shaggy outtakes on this fi ve-disc unpacking of the Belfast bard's 1970 jazzy-pop masterpiece. That LP is nearly all main course, and if the numerous alternate...

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Van Morrison Revisits 'Into the Mystic'

September 5, 2013

Click to listen to Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic (Unrelased Version)" Van Morrison had already landed a huge hit with "Brown Eyed Girl" when his third solo album Moondance was released, but the 1970 LP helped solidify Morrison's stature as a big-time...

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Album Premiere: Van Morrison Packs Rarities onto 'Moondance' Reissue

October 17, 2013

Click to listen to Van Morrison's Moondance – Expanded Edition (Disc 2) Van Morrison's brilliant 1970 LP Moondance has been expanded to include a bevy of rarities, including alternate versions of songs from the album and outtakes from the...

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Van Morrison to Revisit 'Moondance' With Reissue

July 17, 2013

Van Morrison will revisit once of his best-loved albums with forthcoming five-disc deluxe edition of his 1969 classic Moondance. The collection will include remastered and expanded versions of the songs, and will also feature 50 unreleased tracks,...

2012

Album Review

Born to Sing: No Plan B

October 2, 2012

"Sartre said hell is other people/I believe that most of them are," Van Morrison sings in "Goin' Down to Monte Carlo," one of the 10 tracks on this vividly irritated, vocally compelling record. Later in the song, he rails against "phony pseudo-jazz" and...

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Watch Bob Dylan Jam With Van Morrison

October 1, 2012

Bob Dylan's 1989 summer European tour wrapped up with a pair of shows in Greece. During an off-day, Dylan and Van Morrison climbed onto the picturesque Hill of the Muses in Athens for a stunning four-song acoustic set that thankfully was captured by cameras...

2011

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Pub-Crawl Playlist

March 17, 2011

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, let us raise a dirty glass to the spirit of Irish music, wherever in the world it shows up. And like the Irish people themselves, Irish music shows up everywhere, usually a few moments after the bottles get opened. There's...

2009

News

Inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concerts

November 26, 2009

"The incredible thing is that the people who created this music — the inventors of an entire half-century-old movement — are still around, alive and performing," Bruce Springsteen says, sitting backstage at New York's Madison Square Garden,...

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Van Morrison Rediscovers "Astral Weeks" in "To Be Born Again" Doc

August 17, 2009

What started as a few shows to revisit Van Morrison's 1968 classic Astral Weeks — an album he'd never previously performed live — has blossomed into a much larger celebration of the LP. First, Morrison turned a November 2008 performance in...

Album Review

Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl

February 4, 2009

When Van Morrison sings, "I believe I've transcended," at the end of "Astral Weeks" — the first song in this full 2008 recital of his historic album of the same name — it is in a warm, grateful growl remarkably like that of the younger man...

2008

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Van Morrison To Perform Full "Astral Weeks" at Hollywood Bowl

October 2, 2008

Van Morrison will perform the entirety of his 1967 masterpiece Astral Weeks during a run of concerts at the Hollywood Bowl this November. Morrison will perform at the famed Los Angeles venue November 7, 8 and 9. Many of the musicians who performed on...

Album Review

Keep It Simple

April 3, 2008

At this point in his career, Van Morrison is less interested in surprises than in further exploring his long-standing obsessions: surviving the shocks of this life and rising gracefully toward the next one. Keep It Simple finds him looking back on his...

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SXSW: R.E.M Step on the Gas, Van Morrison Keeps It Simple

March 13, 2008

In an interview earlier this year, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck promised me that the band would try to play every song from their new studio album in concert. They did better than try, in their headlining set at Stubb's BBQ on the opening night of SXSW....

Album Review

Veedon Fleece

July 14, 2008

By 1974, Van Morrison was probably exhausted. During the past ten years, the Irish troubadour had morphed from a garage rock king (as the leader of Them) to a pop hit machine to the craftsman of such landmark albums as Astral Weeks and Tupelo Honey. His...

2006

Album Review

Pay The Devil

March 28, 2006

"How polished is Van Morrison's brand of musical mysticism? On last year's Magic Time, he sang a list of smutty British films and made it sound like cosmic wisdom. After forty years of astral moods, Morrison seems to have realized that his talent for...

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