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George Ivan Morrison (* 31. August 1945 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) as a son of the dock labourer George Morrison andits wife Violet geb. Stint, better admits than Van Morrison, is one of the most important Irish rock singers and Songschreiber.
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the 1960er years Morrison
as founder and a front man the skirt volume Them , which had a set of hits, became known to 8 among other things Gloria, Here comes the night and It´s all over now, baby blue (a Coverversion of the Bob Dylan hit). After itwith “Them”, offered the manager Bert Berne from New York had separated the possibility of a solo career to him. With Studiomusikern Morrison took up 1967 an album, which actually contained a hit with Brown eyed girl. When however Berne suddenly at a cardiac infarct died, Morrison those hadDisk company change. Later he raised heavy reproaches against Berne and complained still 25 years later about the sharks of the Musikbusiness (up to the album of the yearly 2005, Magic Time, this remained a standard topic of many Songs). Within three days it took 1968 with jazz musiciansan album up, which remained legendary until today:Branch ral Weeks. An incomparable Melange of Folk, skirt and jazz - influences does not determine this album, which achieved cult status, however particularly well sold myself. On the following plate a classical author is contained with the Titelsong: MOO thanks. Over three decades Van Morrison played this Song in innumerable concerts and brought it again and again in new arrangements.
the 1970er years
now turned Morrison again to in-more usual melodies and could with domino of the album HisAnd bound the Street Choir a middle hit actually books. In the meantime it had settled with its family in Woodstock , New York, to be probable in order Bob Dylan close which held however distance from Morrison. The rural atmosphere struck itself in the Country oriented album Tupelo Honey down. However its marriage, which became in the plate Saint Dominic's Preview already apparent, broke 1973. Hard Nose the Highway is considered as the weaker work, but Morrison already used the “Caledonia Soul Orchestra” here, a group of skirts with caper inheritance slip, the 1973 a sensationalTour by the USA and Europe made. A concert from the Londoner Rainbow Theatre was transferred for the first time in skirt history simultaneously in the television and in the radio; the concert album It's Too Late ton stop Now applies until today as one of the strongest live albums at all,since it is like in music outstanding technically. Besides only minimum interferences were made and improved or changed nothing in the Studio, as it is usual with many other artists. To a longer stay in the USA Van Morrison returned to its homeland Ireland, which itselfon the very much held back plate Veedon Fleece made noticeable. Here a “keltisch--Irish” tendency dominates.
But Morrison was somewhat burned out and made three years long for break, interrupted only by few appearances. Thus he took part 1976 in the parting concert of The volume in the winter country Ballroom San Franciscowith a fulminanten appearance, one of the high points of the concert film The load Waltz. There he came into contact with Dr. John alias Mac Rebennack and took up Period OF Transition with this A . This plate encountered however little resonance. Also the next work, Wavelength, by the criticism very differently one judged. Apart from the adjustment on America here poppige rhythms dominate, because obviously Morrison with some ear worms wanted to increase the sales of its plates. The title Kingdom resound refers to the affiliation of his nut/mother to the religious group of witnesses Jehovas, of themMeeting halls “kingdom hall” to be called; Violet Morrison was occasionally than house mission airs on the way. For the end of the decade then a masterpiece appeared:Into the music, again coined/shaped of an Irish tendency, but with a completely own style. The two Songs Bright simmer OF the road and fillforce gale with its religious texts opened the phase of the Christian mirror-image ritualism, which should employ Morrison long again and again over one decade.
the 1980er years
after the large success of Into the music was the next plate Common One rather a disappointment,because the Songs something before itself hinplätscherten. , The Mr represents another opinion from colleagues, journalists and friends. Morrison and/or volume members know, refer to the fact that the two plates “Into the music” and “Common One” were put on as double album actually (same occupation, resembled Studios etc.) to that extentrepresents this phase, like many musicians confirms, one could call a high point in the skirt, that in the inspiration, “The power OF Melancholy” it, was never exceeded. No other composer/interpreter ever dared it again to publish a as intimate composition as “When Heart is open”,and over 15 minutes long. It is true, the value grows with the time, these two albums is so far distant from Sex, Drugs and Rock'n roll as only conceivable. Here other feelings are addressed, a journey in the inside, perhaps only comparably with the Mozarts Requiem.
Retort position in addition: “It nevertheless contained the 15minütige piece of buzzer time in England, which blossomed correctly only in the concerts and became over years a high point. But Beautiful compensated vision completely. Since the early masterpieces Van Morrison did not have a so stimmiges albumsubmitted. As for instance Beggars Banquet of the Rolling Stones worked the plate rather as complete work, without each piece of it would have become the classical author. The Songs Vanlose nevertheless belonged stairway, to Northern MUSE (solvent ground) and Cleaning windows in the following decades to the usually-playedPieces in the concerts. A concert appearance in the television broadcast skirt palace (4. April 1982), which became to transfer from the WDR in the television and in the radio at the same time from Gruga resounding meal, showed Van Morrison in maximum form and made it European-wide more well-known.
The tendency of Beautiful visionMorrison on the plate Inarticulate took speech OF the heart , without reaching again the high point. Through some Instrumentals the work went to new Age too much into those - corner. For confusion a dedication of the plate at L provided. Ron Hubbard, thatFounder of the Scientology sect - movement. More with restraint presented itself A scythe OF Wonder. Again more Irish-celtic angehaucht, contained the plate a Song, in which Van Morrison the poem The price OF experience from William Blake rezitierte, of Let the slave. Then a plate followed, toobelongs to the absolute favorite of the fans: NO guru, NO method, NO more teacher. It contains no real ear worm, however a completely strange, restrained tendency expresses. After the appearance Van Morrison stepped this plate also with bends upward volume, thus with thatTo Denmark radio bend volume, the BBC bend volume finally and on Montreux jazz festival 1989 with the Dallas jazz Orchestra. Some of these concerts found a very positive echo, while with others the rather static arrangements were criticized.
After the unspektakulären plate Poetic champion Compose followed 1988 a very successful co-operation with the Irish Folkband The Chieftains, with which Van Morrison had noted a Fernsehshow. One decided to take up an album with Irish Traditionals (Irish Heartbeat, on which also two Morrison compositions in a traditional arrangement are to be heard)to go and on tour. Toward end of a concert journey by Europe it came however to so strong tensions that the project ended. The contact remained nevertheless, as further individual photographs with the Chieftains occupy.
At the end of the decade Van Morrison with Avalon Sunset puta masterpiece forwards, on which like a Christian inspired Songs is contained in meditativ calm tendency, partly with beautiful orchestra arrangements by Fiachra Trench. The Duett Whenever God of shines his light on ME with Cliff smelling pool of broadcasting corporations could platzieren itself in Great Britain even in the Charts.
The 1990er years
around the turn to the 1990er years gave Van Morrison usually concerts with Excellencies a Begleitband, also packing. One of its grandiosen appearances was along-cut in July 1990 with Montreux jazz festival by the Swiss radio DRS and appeared on the robbery pressing live one inMontreux. Morrison offered not only a cross section of its artistic development for the 1960er years, but arranged its Songs also again and made music frequently with a tremendous play joy. Although it always denied to be interested in the fame as musicians it took nevertheless together with manyMusician colleague at a musical large event part, the Roger Waters, which organized former musical head of Pink Floyd in July 1990 on the Potsdamer place in Berlin: a performance of The barrier in allusion in the case of the wall between the Federal Republic of Germany and thatGDR.
The 1990er appeared musical years in Morrisons musician career as changeful. Beside good albums (Enlightenment, the double album Hymns ton of The Silence and above all Excellencies the The Healing Game) also weaknesses and lengths showed up, particularly since Morrison left its mirror-image-ritual phase. Upthe album Too Long into exiles (1993) it turned very strongly and got into practice its largest hit Gloria again from the 1960er to the Blues years as well as his Idol John Lee Hooker.
Certain fatigue symptoms showed up at this time, as Van Morrison thatand left it its Songs on the stage engaged young singer Brian Kennedy for disk photographs and tours to sing. The album Days Like This , whose Titelsong was explained as the hymn of the Irish peace movement , celebrated in Great Britain, was carried from an extremely dark tendency, those completelycontrary to a much considered romantic Liaison with the Model Michelle Rocca stood. Its concerts understood Morrison in this time as “jazz and Soul revue”, with which it with a large occupation partly much am enough for Songs and Medleys darbot. The concerts could up totwo and a half hours persist.
To escape from one obviously becoming artistic crisis - is mentioned only the weak album bake on Top of 1999 - tried Van Morrison, by deliberating itself upon its roots and taking up different thematically stimmige albums: How Long Has This Been GoingOn contained jazz standard, Tell ME Something was dedicated the works of the jazz composer Mose Allison, on which live plate The Skiffle session made music and darbot Van Morrison with Lonnie Donegan the music, which had affected all British artists of the 1960er years deeply seizing. Finally Morrison tooka Duettplatte with the Countrysängerin Linda Gail Lewis, the sister of Jerry Lee Lewis, up: You Vienna Again with standards of the Country music. One of the singer publicly stated Liaison led after a tour to the break and drew processes.
Into the 1990erVan Morrison received many honours to years, remained however for its image faithful, by it as first skirt artists not personally for the admission into the Rock'n'Roll resound to OF Fame appeared.
the years since 2000
not only the plate You Vienna Again affected by the Country musicwith fans and critics controversies, but also down The Road and What's Wrong With This Picture released the two following albums. However it inserted in the meantime larger tracing between the concerts and played frequently a 90-Minuten-Standard-Set. This approximated its conceptions much, onlyto arise on the weekends. The rather calm album Magic Time could platzieren itself immediately 2005 in the Charts.
Unquestionably Van Morrison belongs to the most self-willed, in addition, most influential musician personalities of the skirt music. It went its own way and makes uninfluenced to today music, thoseremained of klanglichen Studiomanipulationen and prefabricated Bühnenshows. The music criticism is itself over it united that it must be counted to the most important musicians, Ireland ever out brought. In this connection it should be referred to the fact that, particularly in the interviews in the specialized magazines, VanMorrison is very often quoted of its colleagues as relevant influence. Before all its work in arrange from Blasintrumenten in its skirt/Soul/Blues format as “historically” one describes. Quotation: “There is NO living one who CAN arrange brass like Van Morrison”(Rolling Stone).
- Blowin' Your Mind (1967)
- The Best OF Van Morrison (1967)
- branch ral Weeks (1968)
- MOO thanks (1970)
- His volume and the Street Choir (1970)
- The Best OF Van Morrison(1970)
- Tupelo Honey (1971)
- Saint Dominic's Preview (1972)
- hard Nose the Highway (1973)
- It's Too Late ton stop Now (1974)
- Veedon Fleece (1974)
- Stiff Upper Lip (1975)
- A Period OF Transition(1977)
- Wavelength (1978)
- Into the music (1979)
- Common One (1980)
- Beautiful vision (1982)
- Inarticulate Speech OF the Heart (1983)
- live RK The Grand Opera House Belfast (1984)
- A scythe OF Wonder(1985)
- NO guru, NO Method, NO Teacher (1986)
- Poetic champion Compose (1987)
- Irish Heartbeat (1988)
- Avalon Sunset (1989)
- The Best OF Van Morrison (1990))
- Enlightenment (1990)
- fear for Masters (1991)
- Hymns ton the Silence (1991)
- The Best OF Van Morrison volume 2 (1993)
- Too Long into exiles (1993)
- A Night in San Francisco (1994)
- Days Like This (1995)
- How Long Has This Been Going on(1996)
- Tell ME Something: The Songs OF Mose Allison (1996)
- The Healing Game (1997)
- The Philosopher´s Stone - The Unreleased Tapes, volume One (1998)
- bake on Top (1999)
- The Skiffle session - live one in Belfast1998 (2000; with Lonnie Donegan)
- You Vienna Again (2000)
- down The Road (2002)
- What's Wrong With This Picture? (2003)
- Magic Time (2005)
- Pay The Devil (2006)
beside the official albums and oneBootlegs of inferior quality mixes gives it also still some very recommendable albums of different origin (usually radio with cuts) on the market: ´
- “live RK The Roxy” live one in Los Angeles, November 26, 1978
- “down The Avenue in Style” live one in Berkeley, California, October 21, 1979
- “mirror-image-guessed/advised” live ones in Montreux,Switzerland, July 7, 1980
- “CAN You Feel The Silence” live one in meal, Germany April 4, 1982 (1989)
- “I Can´t Go on… But I´ll Go on " Montreux jazz festival July 11, 1984 (1990)
- “live one Montreux live in Montreux”, jazz festival, July 7,1990 (1990)
- “Van Morrison meets Bob Dylan & John Lee Hooker” (1992)
- “game Night in California” November 1971 (1993)
- “The Night which fill OF space” live one in Dublin, Irish country, December 17, 1995 (1996)
- “The Mountain Is Calling”Live one in Montreux, Switzerland July 7, 1997
- “That´s would run” live Warsaw, pole and, May 25, 2001
- “Outskirts OF Basel” live one in Basel, Switzerland, with Linda Gail Lewis December 17, 2000
- “Talking ton of The mirror-image-guessed/advised” Van Morrison & Friends (2002)
- “Nights in November” live Hamburg,Germany November 13, live Malvern, England November 25, 2003 (2004)
- “With Or Without His Buddies”
“Meet ME in…”, Tempodrom Berlin, 6. June 2002
- Ritchie Yorke:
- Howard A. DeWitt: The mystic's music. Freemont/California 1983.
- Steve Turner: VanMorrison. Too late ton stop now. London 1993.
- John Collis: Van Morrison. Inarticulate Speech OF the heart. London 1996.
- Brian Hinton: Celtic crossroads. The kind OF Van Morrison.
- Clinton Heylin: CAN you feel the silence? Van Morrison: A new biography. London 2002.
- Peter Felkel: Van Morrison, Hannibal publishing house (“The music Makers”), in German language, about 10,50 €. 2004.
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|ALTERNATIVE NAME||George Ivan Morrison|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||of Irish rock singers and Songschreiber|
|DATE OF BIRTH||31. August 1945|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Belfast, Northern Ireland|