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2015

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Van Morrison: 'I Didn't Know I'd Have This Body of Work'

April 17, 2015

"This is the meat of what I do," Van Morrison says of his new record, Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue. "I like working with challenges. And I like working with other singers." Morrison, 69, resurrects deep tracks from albums like 1977's A Period...

Album Review

Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue

March 24, 2015

The duets album is often a stroke session that involves a minimum of thought — but not for Van Morrison. Duets is as cantankerous and eccentric as any of the man's other projects. Rather than just bring in a few glossy names to decorate his...

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Hear Van Morrison's New Album of All-Star Duets

March 20, 2015

Van Morrison's new album Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue features vocal collaborations with everyone from Michael Bublé and Steve Winwood to Mavis Staples and even the late Bobby Womack, but they aren't revisiting any classic hits. Instead, Morrison...

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Flashback: Bob Dylan Sings 'Heaven's Door' With Van Morrison

January 6, 2015

Bob Dylan's career was in a real upswing when he launched a European tour with special guest Van Morrison in the summer of 1998. Earlier that year his comeback album Time Out of Mind won a Grammy for Album of the Year, and even a stage crash by a mysterious...

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Hear Van Morrison and Mark Knopfler Rework 'Irish Heartbeat'

March 9, 2015

For his forthcoming 35th studio album, Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue, Van Morrison is offering new takes on some of his lesser-known tracks going back to 1970's "Lord, If I Ever Needed Someone." "Irish Heartbeat," the new recording of which can...

2014

News

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 28th. "The lyrics in this book span 50 years of writing and as...

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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...

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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...

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

News

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...

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