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Latest Record Project: Volume 1
published: 5 /
Format: CD Box
Competent but flawed and over-long triple album from Van Morrison
This is Van Morrison's 42nd album, so no surprise he has run out of original names for his new release!
There's certainly a lot to digest on ‘Latest Record Project: Volume 1’!
Van Morrison has been one of rock music's most vocal opponents of the Covid lockdown, furious that he was prevented from touring. He has spent the last year completing this 28-track triple album which provides over two hours of competent if somewhat languid blues and jazz.
Occasionally a little more editing might have been desirable but Van Morrison is in fine voice as he rails against politicians, the media, the music business and the modern IT era plus much else besides. Songs like ‘Why Are You On Facebook?’ are hardly in the same pop-poetry league as ‘Have I Told You Lately That I Love You’.
Yet, there are some plus points in the new record. ‘Up County Down’ is an interesting homage to Van Morrison's Northern Irish roots whilst two tracks written with lyricist Don Black are remarkably good.
Maybe Volume 2 when it appears (hopefully in a post-Covid era) will be rather more upbeat!
Latest Record Project
Where Have All the Rebels Gone?
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
Tried to Do the Right Thing
The Long Con
Thank God for the Blues
A Few Bars Early
It Hurts Me Too
Only a Song
Deadbeat Saturday Night
Love Should Come with a Warning
Breaking the Spell
Up County Down
My Time After a While
He's Not the Kingpin
Stop Bitching, Do Something
They Own the Media
Why Are You on Facebook?
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Van Morrison (2012)
With his new album ‘Born to Sing: No Plan B’ having just been released, Carl Bookstein reflects on the career of Van Morrison
New Theatre, Oxford, 27/10/2019
Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys a diverse, career-spanning set of blues/rock from Van Morrison at the New Theatre in Oxford.