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Van Morrison

a happy guy

Van Morrison


Exile Productions

Release date : November 3, 2023


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Van Morrison - vocals (All), sax (Tracks 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,14,16,18) guitar (track 13)
Dave Keary - guitar (Tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,17 backing vocals (Tracks 3,4,5)
Anthony Paule - guitar (Tracks 18,19)
Jeff Beck - guitar (Track 10)
Richard Dunn - organ (Tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,13,14,17)backing vocals (Tracks 3,4,17)
Paul Moran - organ (Tracks 10,11,12)
Stuart McIlroy - piano (Tracks 10,17)
John McCullough - piano (Tracks 14,15,16)
John Allair - piano (Tracks 18,19)
Mitch Woods - piano (Track 19)
Pete Hurley - bass (Tracks 1,2,3,4,6,7,8.9,13,14,17)
Laurence Cottle - bass (Track 10)
Nick Scott - bass (Track 15,16)
Paul Moore - bass (Tracks 11,12)
David Hayes - bass (Tracks 18,19), backing vocals (Track 19)
Colin Griffin - drums, percussion (Tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,13,14,17) backing vocals (Tracks 3,4,5)
Mez Clough - drums (Track 10)
Eamon Ferris - drums (Track 15,16)
Larry Vann - drums (Tracks 18,19)
Jeff Lardner - drums (Tracks 11,12)
Bobby Ruggiero - percussion (Tracks 18,19)
Chris White - sax (Tracks 11,12)
Alistair White - trombone (Tracks 11,12)
Crawford Bell - trumpet (Track 5)
Taj Mahal - vocals (Track 18), banjo,vocals (Track 19)
Chris Farlowe - vocals (Track 10)
Crawford Bell, Dana Masters, Kelly Smiley - backing vocals (Tracks 1,2,5,6,7,8,9,11,13,14)
Dana Masters, Jolene O'Hara, Nathan O'Regan - backing vocals (Tracks 15,16,17)

01 You Are My Sunshine (Jimmie Davis) 03:42
02 When Will I Be Loved? (Phil Everly) 03:52
03 Two Hound Dogs (Bill Haley/Frank Pingatore) 03:01
04 Flip, Flop and Fly (Charles Calhoun/Lou Willie Turner) 03:52
05 I Want a Roof Over My Head (Harvey Oliver Brook) 02:39
06 Problems (Felice Bryant/Boudleaux Bryant) 04:37
07 Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes (Chuck Willis) 02:42
08 The Shape I'm In (Cathy Lynn/Otis Blackwell) 02:20
09 Accentuate the Positive    (Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer) 03:24
10 Lonesome Train (Dorsey Burnette) 02:58
11 A Shot of Rhythm and Blues (Terry Thompson) 02:44
12 Shakin' All Over (Johnny Kidd/Guy Robinson) 03:00
13 Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry) 02:58
14 Red Sails in the Sunset (Hugh Williams/Jimmy Kennedy) 02:50
15 Sea of Heartbreak (Paul Hampton/Hal David) 04:05
16 Blueberry Hill (Vincent Rose/Larry Stock/Al Lewis) 02:49
17 Bonaparte's Retreat (Pee Wee King/Redd Stewart) 02:14
18 Lucille     (Little Richard) 02:54
19 Shake Rattle and Roll (Charles Calhoun) 05:00

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Born to Sing: No Plan B (2012)
Duets: Re-working the Catalogue (2015)
Keep Me Singing (2016)
Roll with the Punches (2017)
Versatile (2017)
You're Driving Me Crazy (2018)
The Prophet Speaks (2018)
Three Chords & the Truth (2019)
Latest Record Project, Volume 1 (2021)
What's It Gonna Take? (2022)
Movin On Skiffle (2023)

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Van. The man.
After Them's disbanded, Morrison signed with Warner Records and released "Astral Weeks", one of the best albums in the history of pop music. It was in 1967. In these sixty-five years until today, the singer and multi-instrumentalist from Belfast has released forty-five albums, and perhaps with some exceptions, which must also be admitted debatable, all of them of a verifiable creative level. With only a short period of absence - a period of transition - during all these decades he has been on stage, touring all corners of the world, increasing song by song his status as a myth. Probably only at the level of songsters like Bob Dylan, Morrison has achieved an unattainable status as a legend of music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. As a composer, few artists have in their songbook so many masterpieces that are indispensable for the collective memory of so many diverse people, successive and heterogeneous generations. His indisputable and inviolable vocal strength has been accompanied by his ability as an instrumentalist on the guitar, harmonica, piano and his excellence as a saxophonist, have been sufficient arguments to have incorporated into his repertoire the genres that have determined his DNA as a musician, from traditional Irish music, celtic music, country, rockabilly, rock, gospel, R&B, jazz, blues, soul, all configuring his own and indivisible universe. Van Morrison has been described as a sullen person with little empathy for the rest of humanity. Perhaps these adjectives can be defended regarding the public version of the s
inger, but I think that is not the case with the musician. His albums contain the most diverse and heterogeneous moods, the themes of his songs have resorted to the most eclectic relationships of man with the world around him, but they have always been performed from the deepest dedication and desire for complicity and interaction with everyone who has wanted to listen to them. In this latest recording, "Accentuate The Positive", Morrison demonstrates his desire to get along with his audience in a collection of covers - selected with great skill - where R&B and rock'n'roll star in the great mood and complicity of this man, who at seventy-eight continues to appear happy and complacent with his work as an unmatched musician. I wish long live Van the man.

Be happy with all these songs!!

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