Revisiting my extensive music collection, one artist at a time

Category Archives: VAN MORRISON

VAN MORRISON Part 10 – Astral Weak? / In Conclusion

I’ve spent most of the last month listening to Van Morrison’s catalog numerous times. It’s been really enjoyable getting to know these CDs that have been sitting on my shelves … Continue reading

May 1, 2011 · 18 Comments

VAN MORRISON Part 9 – A Magic Time In The New Millennium

Van Morrison released 8 albums in the first decade of the new millennium. Since this corresponded with a period where I was less of a completist than in the past, … Continue reading

April 18, 2011 · 3 Comments

VAN MORRISON Part 8 – Philosopher Stoned At The End Of The 1990’s

In the last half of the ‘90s, Van Morrison released four new albums as well as a 2-CD rarities compilation. He continued to cover the same musical ground as usual, … Continue reading

April 14, 2011 · 2 Comments

VAN MORRISON Part 7 – Enlightened In The First Half Of The 1990’s

When Van Morrison began the 1990’s, he had been a recording artist for over 25 years. In that time he covered a lot of musical ground, and went from being … Continue reading

April 11, 2011 · 4 Comments

VAN MORRISON Part 6 – An Irishman In The Second Half Of The 1980’s

For No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1986), the now 40-year-old was feeling nostalgic for his younger years on the first song, “Got To Go Back.” Lyrically it’s pleasant, but … Continue reading

April 8, 2011 · 9 Comments

VAN MORRISON Part 5 – An Irishman In The First Half Of The 1980’s

The 1980’s were not a great decade in Van Morrison’s career, although he was prolific, releasing 8 studio albums (including a collaboration with The Chieftains) and 1 live album. On … Continue reading

April 6, 2011 · 1 Comment

VAN MORRISON Part 4 – Closing Out The ’70s

As I approached the five studio albums (and one live album) that Van Morrison released between 1973 and 1979…the years immediately following his run of commercial and artistic success which … Continue reading

April 1, 2011 · 10 Comments

VAN MORRISON Part 3 – The Early Warner Bros. Years (1970-1972)

All great artists have at least one period in their career where almost everything they touch turns to gold, and if it occurs when they’re young it usually allows them … Continue reading

March 29, 2011 · 9 Comments

VAN MORRISON Part 2 – The Big “Bang”

The earliest Van Morrison “album” I own is Bang Masters (Epic/Legacy 1991). The reason I placed “album” in quotes is that these recordings were never designed to be a proper … Continue reading

March 28, 2011 · 26 Comments

VAN MORRISON Part 1 – Thoughts On An Artist

I must have heard Van Morrison for the first time when I was very young, maybe 6 or 7. It was probably “Moondance” or “Wild Night,” the only songs that … Continue reading

March 25, 2011 · 4 Comments

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