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Belfast, Northern Ireland (1958 – present)

George Ivan Morrison (generally known as Van Morrison) (born 31 August 1945) is a Grammy Award-winning artist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He’s a singer, songwriter, author, poet, and multi-instrumentalist, who has been a professional musician since 1958. He plays a variety of instruments, including the guitar, harmonica, keyboards, drums, and saxophone. Featuring his characteristic growl - a unique mix of folk, blues, Irish, scat, and Celtic influences - Morrison is widely considered one of the most unusual and influential vocalists in the history of rock and roll.

Known as “Van the Man” by his fans, Morrison first rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Northern Irish band Them, writing their 1964 hit “Gloria”. A few years later, Morrison left the band for a successful solo career, starting with the album Astral Weeks.

Morrison has pursued an idiosyncratic musical path. Much of his music is tightly structured around the conventions of American soul and R&B, such as the popular singles “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Moondance”, “Domino”, and “Wild Night”. An equal part of his catalogue consists of lengthy, loosely connected, spiritually inspired musical journeys that show the influence of Celtic tradition, jazz, and stream-of-consciousness narrative, such as his classic album Astral Weeks and lesser known works such as Veedon Fleece and Common One. The two strains together are sometimes referred to as “Celtic Soul,” and Morrison rejects the characterization of his genre of music as Rock, citing Elvis Presley as a non-influence.

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  • SSBN623

    u-haul , the next time youall plan a british invasion . . . don't bother invitin' me to the party jim simon late of the united states submarine - certified insane

    21 Feb 4:17pm Reply
  • dandman8

    Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue

    18 Feb 9:12pm Reply
  • Irryco

    For all those that love "Astral Weeks": listen to "Veedon Fleece", "Common One" and "No Guru, No Method, No Teacher".

    10 Feb 7:31pm Reply
  • perfektionismus

    On one's way to enlightenment, Van is a companion.

    26 Jan 5:50am Reply
  • Nakkinak

    Lester Bangs' review of Astral Weeks is intense

    9 Jan 5:48pm Reply
  • Irryco

    New album to be released early next year. :)

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Irryco

    Van Morrison accepting the Legend Award, GQ Magazine, from Bob Geldof. Well worth seeing. ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU31wkXT5cI

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • SokolovaAL

    I like his early 80s albums

    13 Sep 2014 Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    Beautiful Vision is tremendous. It bears repeating.

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    his 80s albums are insane

    4 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Irryco

    Astral Weeks and Veedon Fleece are mine.

    30 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Tymbolic

    Not that anyone cares, but Tupelo Honey and Veedon Fleece are my favorites.

    24 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Irryco

    If you like his early 80s albums, especially Beautiful Vision, his "Live at the grand opera house in Belfast" from 1984 is a must.

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
  • towlesda

    I'm starting to think that Veedon Fleece is his best album.

    24 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Irryco

    The song Ancient Highway is one of the highlights of his career, I think. :)

    9 Jun 2014 Reply
  • ralfsu

    The 'Days Like This' album is rather good !

    9 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Keila_M

    Tupelo Honey ♥

    25 May 2014 Reply
  • Irryco

    Check out the latest issue of Uncut for a very nice text about Veedon Fleece. :)

    27 Apr 2014 Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    Hm. Interesting point. I don't know when I'll get to hear the whole thing, but someday we'll discuss it further.

    29 Mar 2014 Reply
  • ralfsu

    I think it breaks the spell of the album a LITTLE, I mean his stuff is so archaic and transcendental that just taking the journey there to 1969 to A&R Studios and hearing him go through these songs one by one with those involved making comments inbetween just destroys its magic, but maybe that's just me. I understand releasing box sets like that in the case of for example The Beach Boys where you can experience how they worked their cohesive harmonies into their multi-layered songs but in the case Van, it doesn't do much to hear 11 Caravans. Some of those outtakes are real shiners nonetheless.

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
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