Archive for the 'Van Morrison' Category

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Rather than introduce a bevy of unearthed material or special-features, The Authorized Bang Collection retells a chapter of Van Morrison’s career in a reframed light using existing material. Famously, Morrison did not approve of 1967’s Blowin’ Your Mind, nor the collection of outtakes and half-serious sessions that followed it. The time preceding 1968’s groundbreaking Astral […]

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

A year before his passing in 1975, famed Bay Area radio DJ Tom Donahue sat down with Van Morrison. At the time Morrison was coming off an all-time string of records, coming off a relentless tour-de-force-tour, and coming down from a few other things. That afternoon, Donahue filmed their talk, tugging away at cigarettes the […]

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

As with any artist whose career spans more than several LPs (let alone 30-plus) it’s often difficult to pick a peak. That said, there is little doubt that 1973 featured Van Morrison at one of his highest of his highs. With numerous hits under his belt, some flops, and some good and bad times ahead, […]

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

There are those songs that come into the studio to be revamped, polished, and preened, and then there are those songs that enter, rough and tumble, and utilize the momentum. It’s there in the introductions mostly, this ability of a song to reveal itself as a production. You hear it taking place, pre-performance, and suddenly […]

Monday, April 7th, 2014

(The summer of 1974 found Van Morrison in flux. Between the largesse of The Caledonia Soul Orchestra and what would become a three year hiatus (with a quick stop in San Francisco for The Last Waltz), Van was, by some accounts, a mess. More moody than mood-altering, his songs were sadder – the punctuation and […]

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

What happens to the bands we love when they don’t call it quits. Ups, downs, break-downs, break-ups, reunions. And then, the backing-band: three back-up singers, too many guitarists, a percussionist. It can all get to be a little too much. So when Van Morrison played the first night of two at the Hollywood Bowl, those […]

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

To understand what makes the live collection It’s Too Late to Stop Now so momentous, its context in Van Morrison’s career must be taken into account. Nowadays Van Morrison conjures up visions of a chubby man in a suit who sits on a stool while on stage, whereas the Van Morrison of 1973 was coming […]