VAN MORRISON

"Into the Mystic" live 197?


SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

Morrison was born in Ireland in 1945, Morrison's musician parents schooled him well in jazz and blues. After touring with R&B band the Monarchs as a jazz saxophonist, Morrison founded the band Them, whose "Gloria" became an oft-covered rock 'n' roll classic. Dissatisfied with the corporate aspects of the music world, Morrison disbanded Them and returned to Ireland.

Soon, however, Morrison was back in the studio, recording singles with songwriter Bert Berns on his Bang label. The immediate result was the song "Brown-Eyed Girl," which became a Top 10 hit and prompted Bang to release a collection of Morrison's songs as the album Blowin' Your Mind! in 1967. After releasing the inaccurately titled The Best of Van Morrison, Morrison left Bang for Warner Bros.

Though the resulting Astral Weeks was a commercial flop, it was immediately hailed by critics as a masterpiece. His 1970 release Moondance had a more accessible country-pop sound and found commercial success in its title track and the single "Come Running." Its 1970 follow-up, His Band and the Street Choir, continued down this road, producing the Top 10 single "Domino." Stylistically similar, 1971's Tupelo Honey featured the popular country-flavored track "Wild Night."

Morrison's subsequent albums revealed a stylistic evolution, touching first on soul in 1973's Saint Dominic's Preview and later, introspective folk on Hard Nose the Highway and Veedon Fleece. The R&B-influenced A Period of Transition emerged in 1977 after a brief dry spell and was followed by the commercially popular Wavelength.

Morrison exited the '70s with Into the Music, a quiet effort that examined Christianity, foreshadowing Morrison's journey into mysticism that directed his creative force in the '80s. Among his notable albums of the period include 1985's A Sense of Wonder (Mercury), which paid tribute to poet William Blake, and 1987's Poetic Champions Compose, a collaboration with the Chieftans that had Morrison exploring his Celtic roots.

The release of a greatest hits collection in 1990 gave Morrison a career boost, setting the stage for the release of the acclaimed double album, Hymns to the Silence and A Night in San Francisco, which captured an inspired live performance. The Philosopher's Stone, a collection of previously unreleased material, was released in 1998 on A&M Records.

Morrison's latest studio CD, Back on Top, came out in early 1999. The album features the standout single "When the Leaves Come Falling Down."

Source: sing365.com



Discography 1960's-1970's:


1. Blowing Your Mind - Bang 1967

Tracks:
1. Brown Eyed Girl / 2. He Ain't Give You None / 3. T.B. Sheets / 4. Spanish Rose / 5. Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye) / 6. Ro Ro Rosey / 7. Who Drove the Red Sports Car / 8. Midnight Special / 9. Spanish Rose* / 10. Ro Ro Rosey* / 11. Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye)* / 12. Who Drove the Red Sports Car* / 13. Midnight Special*
Rating : 7


2. Astral Weeks - Warner Brothers 1968

Tracks:
1. Astral Weeks / 2. Beside You / 3. Sweet Thing / 4. Cyprus Avenue / 5. The Way Young Lovers Do / 6. Madame George / 7. Ballerina / 8. Slim Slow Slider
Rating : 4


3. Moondance - Warner Brothers 1970

Tracks:
1. And It Stoned Me / 2. Moondance / 3. Crazy Love / 4. Caravan / 5. Into the Mystic / 6. Come Running / 7. These Dreams of You / 8. Brand New Day / 9. Everyone / 10. Glad Tidings
Rating : 8


4. His Band and the Street Choir - Warner Brothers 1971

Tracks:
1. Domino 2. Crazy Face / 3. Give Me a Kiss / 4. I've Been Working/ 5. Call Me Up In Dreamland / 6. I'll Be Your Lover, Too / 7. Blue Money / 8. Virgo Clowns / 9. Gypsy Queen / 10. Sweet Jannie / 11. If I Ever Needed Someone / 12. Street Choir
Rating :


5. Tupelo Honey - Warner Brothers 1971

Tracks:
1. Wild Night / 2. (Straight to Your Heart) Like a Cannonball / 3. Old Old Woodstock / 4. Starting a New Life / 5. You're My Woman / 6. Tupelo Honey / 7. I Wanna Roo You / 8. When that Evening Sun Goes Down / 9. Moonshine Whiskey
Rating :


6. Saint Dominic's Preview - Warner Brothers 1972

Tracks:
1. Jackie Wilson Said / 2. Gypsy / 3. I Will Be There / 4. Listen to the Lion / 5. Saint Dominic's Preview / 6. Redwood Tree / 7. Almost Independence Day
Rating : 7


7. Hard Nose the Highway - Warner Brothers 1973

Tracks:
1. Snow in San Anselmo / 2. Warm Love / 3. Hard Nose the Highway / 4. Wild Children / 5. The Great Deception / 6. Bein' Green / 7. Autumn Song / 8. Purple Heather
Rating :


8. It's Too Late to Stop Now (Live) - Warner Brothers 1974

Tracks:
1. Ain't Nothin' You Can Do / 2. Warm Love / 3. Into the Mystic / 4. These Dreams of You / 5. I Believe To My Soul / 6. I've Been Working / 7. Help Me / 8. Wild Children / 9. Domino / 10. I Just Wanna Make Love to You // 1. Bring it on Home To Me / 2. Saint Dominic's Preview / 3. Take Your Hands Out of My Pocket / 4. Listen to the Lion / 5. Here Comes the Night / 6. Gloria / 7. Caravan / 8. Cyprus Avenue
Rating :


9. Veedon Fleece - Warner Brothers 1974

Tracks:
1. Fair Play / 2. Linden Arden Stole the Highlights / 3. Who Was That Masked Man / 4. Streets of Arklow / 5. You Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push the River / 6. Bulbs / 7. Cul de Sac / 8. Comfort You / 9. Come Here My Love / 10. Country Fair
Rating : 5


10. A Period of Transition - Warner Brothers 1977

Tracks:
1. You Gotta Make It Through the World / 2. It Fills You Up / 3. The Eternal Kansas City / 4. Joyous Sound / 5. Flamingos Fly / 6. Heavy Connection / 7. Cold Wind in August
Rating :


11. Wavelength - Warner Brothers 1978

Tracks:
1. Kingdom Hall / 2. Checkin' It Out / 3. Natalia / 4. Venice U.S.A. / 5. Lifetimes / 6. Wavelength / 7. Santa Fe / Beautiful Obsession / 8. Hungry for Your Love / 9. Take It Where You Find It
Rating :


12. Into the Music - Warner Brothers 1979

Tracks:
1. Bright Side of the Road / 2. Full Force Gale / 3. Stepping Out Queen / 4. Troubadours / 5. Rolling Hills / 6. You Make Me Feel So Free / 7. Angeliou / 8. And the Healing Has Begun / 9. It's All in the Game / 10. You Know What They're Writing About
Rating : 7



My Suggestion For a 80 minutes (app.) Best Of Early Compilation:
More tracks will be added eventually!

1. Brown Eyed Girl ( Morrison ) Blowing Your Mind
2. Spanish Rose ( Morrison ) Blowing Your Mind
3. Domino ( Morrison ) His Band and Street Choir
4. Bright Side of the Road ( Morrison ) Into the Music
5. Bulbs ( Morrison ) Veedon Fleece
6. Joe Harperīs Saturday Morning ( Morrison ) The Bang Masters
7. Chick a Boom ( Morrison ) Blowing Your Mind
8. He Ainīt Give You None ( Morrison ) Blowing Your Mind
9. Astral Weeks ( Morrison ) Astral Weeks
10. Stoned Me ( Morrison ) Moondance
11. Crazy Love ( Morrison ) Moondance
12. Cul de Sac ( Morrison ) Veeden Fleece
13. Into the Mystic ( Morrison ) Moondance
14. Glad Tidings ( Morrison ) Moondance
15. St Dominic's Preview ( Morrison ) St Dominic's Preview
16. Full Force Gale ( Morrison ) Into the Music
17. Brand New Day ( Morrison ) Moondance
18. Jackie Wilson Said ( Morrison ) St Dominic's Preview
19. Redwood Tree ( Morrison ) St Dominic's Preview

Discography 1980īs till present:


1. Common One - Warner Brothers 1980

Tracks:
1. Haunts of Ancient Peace / 2. Summertime in England / 3. Satisfied / 4. Wild Honey / 5. Spirit / 6. When Heart is Open
Rating :


2. Beautiful Vision - Warner Brothers 1982

Tracks:
1. Celtic Ray / 2. Northern Muse / 3. Dweller on the Threshold / 4. Beautiful Vision / 5. She Gives Me Religion / 6. Cleaning Windows / 7. Vanlose Stairway / 8. Aryan Mist / 9. Across the Bridge where Angels Dwell
Rating : 8


3. Inarticulate Speech of the Heart - Polydor 1983

Tracks:
1. Higher than the World / 2. Connswater / 3. River of Time / 4. Celtic Swing / 5. Rave On, John Donne / 6. Inarticulate Speech of the Heart No. 1 / 7. Irish Heartbeat / 8. The Street Only Knew Your Name / 9. Cry for Home / 10. Inarticulate Speech of the Heart No. 2 / 11. September Night
Rating :


4. Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast - Polydor 1984

Tracks:
1. Introduction: Into the Mystic / Inarticulate Speech of the Heart / 2. Dweller On the Threshold / 3. It's All in the Game / You Know What They're Writing About / 4. She Gives Me Religion / 5. Haunts of Ancient Peace / 6. Full Force Gale / 7. Beautiful Vision / 8. Vanlose Stairway / 9. Rave On, John Donne / Rave On Part Two / 10. Northern Muse / 11. Cleaning Windows
Rating :


5. A Sense of Wonder - Polydor 1984

Tracks:
1. Tore Down A La Rimbaud / 2. Ancient of Days / 3. Evening Meditation / 4. The Master's Eyes / 5. What Would I Do / 6. A Sense of Wonder / 7. Boffyflow and Spike / 8. If You Only Knew / 9. Let the Slave / 10. A New Kind of Man
Rating :


6. No Guru, No Method, No Teacher - Polydor 1986

Tracks:
1. Got to Go Back / 2. Oh the Warm Feeling / 3. Foreign Window / 4. A Town Called Paradise / 5. In the Garden / 6. Tir Na Nog / 7. Here Comes the Knight / 8. Thanks for the Information / 9. One Irish Rover / 10. Ivory Tower
Rating :


7. Poetic Champions Compose - Polydor 1987

Tracks:
1. Spanish Steps / 2. The Mystery / 3. Queen of the Slipstream / 4. I Forgot That Love Existed / 5. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child / 6. Celtic Excavation / 7. Someone Like You / 8. Alan Watts Blues / 9. Give Me My Rapture / 10. Did Ye Get Healed? / 11. Allow Me
Rating :


8. Irish Heartbeat (with the Chieftains) - Polydor 1988

Tracks:
1. Star of the County Down / 2. Irish Heartbeat / 3. Ta Mo Chleamhnas Deanta / 4. Raglan Road / 5. She Moved through the Fair / 6. I'll Tell Me Ma / 7. Carrickfergus / 8. Celtic Ray / 9. My Lagan Love / 10. Marie's Wedding
Rating :


9. Avalon Sunset - Polydor 1989

Tracks:
1. Whenever God Shines His Light / 2. Contacting My Angel / 3. I'd Love to Write Another Song / 4. Have I Told You Lately / 5. Coney Island / 6. I'm Tired Joey Boy / 7.When Will I Ever Learn to Live in God? / 8. Orangefield / 9. Daring Night / 10. These are the Days
Rating :


10. Enlightenment - Polydor 1990

Tracks:
1. Real Real Gone / 2. Enlightenment / 3. So Quiet in Here / 4. Avalon of the Heart / 5. See Me Through / 6. Youth of 1,000 Summers / 7. In the Days Before Rock 'n' Roll / 8. Start All Over Again / 9. / She's My Baby / 10. Memories
Rating :


11. Hymns to the Silence - Polydor 1991

Tracks:
1. Professional Jealousy / 2. I'm Not Feeling It Anymore / 3. Ordinary Life / 4. Some Peace of Mind / 5. So Complicated / 6. I Can't Stop Loving You / 7. Why Must I Always Explain / 8. Village Idiot / 9. See Me Through Part II / 10. Take Me Back // 1. By His Grace / 2. All Saints Day / 3. Hymns to the Silence / 4. On Hyndford Street / 5. Be Thou My Vision / 6. Carrying A Torch / 7. Green Mansions / 8. Pagan Streams / 9. Quality Street / 10. It Must Be You / 11. I Need Your Kind of Loving
Rating : 7


12. Too Long in Exile - Polydor 1993

Tracks:
1. Too Long in Exile / 2. Big Time Operators / 3. Lonely Avenue / 4. Ball & Chain / 5. In the Forest / 6. Till We Get the Healing Done / 7. Gloria / 8. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl / 9. Wasted Years / 10. The Lonesome Road / 11. Moody's Mood For Love / 12. Close Enough for Jazz / 13. Before The World Was Made / 14. I'll Take Care Of You / 15. Tell Me What You Want
Rating :


13. A Night in San Francisco - Polydor 1994

Tracks:
1. Did Ye Get Healed? / 2. It's All in the Game / Make It Real One More Time / 3. I've Been Working / 4. I Forgot That Love Existed / 5. Vanlose Stairway / Trans-Euro Train / Fool For You / 6. You Make Me Feel So Free / 7. Beautiful Vision / 8. See Me Through / Soldier Of Fortune / Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin / 9. Ain't That Loving You Baby? / 10. Stormy Monday / Have You Ever Loved A Woman? / No Rollin' Blues / 11. Help Me / 12. Good Morning Little School Girl / 13. Tupelo Honey / 14. Moondance / My Funny Valentine // 1. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid / 2. It Fills You Up / 3. I'll Take Care Of You / It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World / 4. Lonely Avenue / 4 O'Clock In The Morning / 5. So Quiet In Here / That's Where It's At / 6. In The Garden / You Send Me / Allegheny / 7. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? / 8. Shakin' All Over / Gloria
Rating :


14. Days Like This - Polydor 1995

Tracks:
1. Perfect Fit / 2. Russian Roulette / 3. Raincheck / 4. You Don't Know Me / 5. No Religion / 6. Underlying Depression / 7. Songwriter / 8. Days Like This / 9. I'll Never Be Free / 10. Melancholia / 11. Ancient Highway / 12. In the Afternoon
Rating :


15. How Long Has This Been Going On - Verve 1995

Tracks:
1. I Will Be There / 2. The New Symphony Sid / 3. Early in The Morning / 4. Who Can I Turn To? / 5. Sack O' Woe / 6. Moondance / 7. Centerpiece / 8. How Long Has This Been Going On? / 9. Your Mind Is On Vacation / 10. All Saint's Day / 11. Blues in The Night / 12. Don't Worry About a Thing / 13. That's Life / 14. Heathrow Shuffle
Rating :


16. Tell Me Something - Verve 1996

Tracks:
1. One of These Days / 2. You Can Count On Me / 3. If You Live / 4. Was / 5. Look Here / 6. City Home / 7. No Trouble Livin' / 8. Benediction / 9. Back On the Corner / 10. Tell Me Something / 11. I Don't Want Much / 12. News Nightclub / 13. Perfect Moment
Rating :


17. The Healing Game - Verve 1997

Tracks:
1. Rough God Goes Riding / 2. Fire In The Belly / 3. This Weight / 4. Waiting Game/ 5. Piper At The Gates Of Dawn / 6. Burning Ground / 7. It Once Was My Life / 8. Sometimes We Cry / 9. If You Love Me / 10. The Healing Game
Rating :


18. The Philosopher's Stone - Verve 1998

Tracks:
1. Really Don't Know / 2. Ordinary People / 3. Wonderful Remark / 4. Not Supposed to Break Down / 5. Laughing in the Wind / 6. Madame Joy / 7. Contemplation Rose / 8. Don't Worry About Tomorrow / 9. Try For Sleep / 10. Lover's Prayer / 11. Drumshanbo Hustle / 12. Twilight Zone / 13. Foggy Mountain Top / 14. Naked in the Jungle / 15. There There Child // 1. The Street Only Knew Your Name / 2. John Henry / 3. Western Plain / 4. Joyous Sound / 5. I Have Finally Come to Realize / 6. Flamingoes Fly / 7. Stepping Out Queen Part 2 / 8. Bright Side of the Road / 9. Street Theory / 10. Real Real Gone / 11. Showbusiness / 12. For Mr. Thomas / 13. Crazy Jane on God / 14. Song of Being a Child / 15. High Spirits
Rating :


19. Back On Top - Virgin 1999

Tracks:
1. Goin' Down Geneva / 2. Philosophers Stone / 3. In the Midnight / 4. Back On Top / 5. When the Leaves Come Falling Down / 6. High Summer / 7. Reminds Me of You / 8. New Biography / 9. Precious Time / 10. Golden Autumn Day
Rating :


20. The Skiffle Sessions Live in Belfast - Virgin 2000

Tracks:
1. It Takes a Worried Man / 2. Lost John / 3. Going Home / 4. Good Morning Blues / 5. Outskirts Of Town / 6. Don't You Rock Me Daddio / 7. Alabamy Bound / 8. Midnight Special / 9. Dead Or Alive / 10. Frankie & Johnny / 11. Goodnight Irene / 12. Railroad Bill / 13. Muleskinner Blues / 14. The Ballad of Jesse James / 15. I Wanna Go Home
Rating :


21. You Win Again - Virgin 2000

Tracks:
1. Lets Talk About Us / 2. You Win Again / 3. Jambalaya / 4. Crazy Arms / 5. Old Black Joe / 6. Think Twice Before You Go / 7. No Way Pedro / 8. Shot of Rhythm and Blues / 9. Real Gone Lover / 10. Why Don't You Love Me / 11. Cadillac / 12. Baby You Got What It Takes / 13. Boogie Chillen
Rating :


22. Down The Road - Virgin 2002

Tracks:
1. Down The Road / 2. Meet Me In The Indian Summer / 3. Steal My Heart Away / 4. Hey Mr DJ / 5. Talk Is Cheap / 6. Choppin' Wood / 7. What Makes The Irish Heart Beat / 8. All Work And No Play / 9. Whatever Happened To PJ Proby? / 10. The Beauty Of The Days Gone By / 11. Georgia On My Mind / 12. Only A Dream / 13. Man Has To Struggle / 14. Evening Shadows / 15. Fast Train
Rating :


23. What's Wrong With This Picture? - Blue Note 2003

Tracks:
1. What's Wrong With This Picture? / 2. Whinin' Boy Moan / 3. Evening In June / 4. Too Many Myths / 5. Somerset / 6. Meaning Of Loneliness / 7. Stop Drinking / 8. Gold Fish Bowl / 9. Once In A Blue Moon / 10. Saint James Infirmary / 11. Little Village / 12. Fame / 13. Get On With The Show
Rating : 5


24. Magic Time - Exile Music 2005

Tracks:
1. Stranded / 2. Celtic New Year / 3. Keep Mediocrity At Bay / 4. Evening Train / 5. This Love of Mine / 6. I'm Confessin / 7. Just Like Greta / 8. Gypsy In My Soul / 9. Lonely And Blue / 10. The Lion This Time / 11. Magic Time / 12. They Sold Me Out / 13. Carry On Regardless
Rating :


25. Pay the Devil - Exile Music 2006

Tracks:
1. There Stands the Glass / 2. Half As Much / 3. Things Have Gone to Pieces / 4. Big Blue Diamonds / 5. Playhouse / 6. Your Cheatin' Heart / 7. Don't You Make Me High / 8. My Bucket's Got a Hole In It / 9. Back Street Affair / 10. Pay the Devil / 11. What Am I Living For / 12. This Has Got To Stop / 13. Once a Day / 14. More and More / 15. 'Til I Gain Control Again
Rating :


26. Keep it Simple - Exile Music 2008<

Tracks:
1. How Can a Poor Boy? / 2. School of Hard Knocks / 3. That's Entrainment / 4. Don't Go to Nightclubs Anymore / 5. Lover Come Back / 6. Keep It Simple / 7. End of the Land / 8. Song of Home / 9. No Thing / 10. Soul / 11. Behind the Ritual
Rating : 7




My Suggestion For a 80 minutes (app.) Best Of Compilation:
More tracks will be added eventually!

1. Why Must I Always Explain ( Morrison ) Hymns to Silence
2. Carrying a Torch ( Morrison ) Hymns to Silence
3. Celtic Ray ( Morrison ) Beautiful Visions
4. Cleaning Windows ( Morrison ) Beautiful Visions
5. Profess and Jealousy ( Morrison ) Hymns to Silence
6. I'm Not Feeling it Anymore ( Morrison ) Hymns to Silence
7. Hymns to Silence ( Morrison ) Hymns to Silence
8. Green Mansions ( Morrison ) Hymns to Silence
9. Northern Muse ( Morrison ) Beautiful Visions
10. Vanlose Stairway ( Morrison ) Beautiful Visions
11. Be Thou My Vision ( Morrison ) Hymns to Silence
12. I Need Your Kind of Loving ( Morrison ) Hymns to Silence
13. Dweller on the Threshold ( Morrison ) Beautiful Visions
14. Beautiful Visions ( Morrison ) Beautiful Visions
15. Across the Bridge ( Morrison ) Beautiful Visions
16. Once in a Blue Moon ( Morrison ) What's Wrong With this Picture
17. School of Hard Knock ( Morrison ) Keep it Simple
18. That's Entrainment ( Morrison ) Keep it Simple
19. Keep it Simple ( Morrison ) Keep it Simple
20. End of the Land ( Morrison ) Keep it Simple
21. Little Village ( Morrison ) What's Wrong With this Picture
22. Song of Home ( Morrison ) Keep it Simple

Essential Albums!

Original albums as listed and rated on “Rate Your Music” - December 25 - 2005

3 Moondance - 1970
5 Astral Weeks - 1968
10 Veedon Fleece - 1974
24 St Dominicīs Preview - 1972
40 Itīs Too Late to Stop Now - 1974
48 Into the Music - 1979
50 Tupelo Honey - 1971
56 Irish Heartbeat (with the Chieftains) - 1988
61 No Guru, No Method, No Teacher - 1986
84 Poetic Champions Compose - 1987
88 Inarticulate Speech of the Heart - 1983
90 His Band and Street Choir - 1970
94 Beautiful Vision - 1982
124 Blowing Your Mind - 1967
137 Avalon Sunset - 1989
142 Wavelenght - 1978
153 Back on Top - 1999
154 Common One - 1980
160 Hymns to the Silence - 1991
174 Hard Nose the Highway - 1973
178 A Night in San Francisco - 1994
184 A Sense of Wonder - 1985
201 Enlightenment - 1990
209 A Period of Transition - 1977
293 Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast - 1984
333 Magic Time - 2005
352 What's Wrong With This Picture? - 2003
353 Too Long in Exile - 1993
357 Down the Road - 2002
372 The Healing Game - 1997
402 Days Like This - 1995
556 The Skiffle Sessions - Live in Belfast - 2000
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