Van Morrison

L.A. Burning, West Coast Concert Picks: September 27th To October 3rd

By Alyson Camus | September 26, 2021

Japanese Breakfast play the Regent twice this week

Brief Encounters: New Albums 5-7-21 – 5-13-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 13, 2021

the equal of all but the best of his 90s material

The Worst COVID-19-Related Songs Of 2020

By Alyson Camus | December 28, 2020

cashing in on a deadly pandemic

The Worst Music-Related Moments Of 2020

By Alyson Camus | December 22, 2020

2020 sucked, there’s no doubt about it

Could The Musical Tastes Of The World’s Leaders Teach Us Anything?

By Alyson Camus | November 13, 2020

I tried to find out for 6 of them

The Musical Tastes Of Our Ex-Presidents

By Alyson Camus | November 10, 2020

‘Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers just about put me in the White House’

The Early Bird: Top New Releases 10-9-20 – 10-15-20 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 9, 2020

does a stupid sentiment make a bad song?

A Few Musicians On The right Side Of The Pandemic

By Alyson Camus | September 18, 2020

‘You have to know what you’re fucking doing’

Van Morrison’s “Veedon Fleece” Reviewed

By David Allen Jones | September 16, 2020

Morrison traveled to his home country of Ireland

Van Morrison Favorites

By Iman Lababedi | September 10, 2020

positions failing and succeeding on a level playing field

Best Albums Of 2019

By Iman Lababedi | December 31, 2019

life and death and soul

Best Of 2019: Albums Through November 30th, 2019

By Iman Lababedi | December 5, 2019

Lauv’s sad songs say so much

Best Of 2019: Albums Through October 31st

By Iman Lababedi | October 30, 2019

The first rush of hard earned faith by the greatest artist of the 2010s.

Best Of 2019: Albums Through September 30th

By Iman Lababedi | October 3, 2019

more songs about dead wives

L.A. Burning, West Coast Picks, September 30th To October 6th

By Alyson Camus | September 28, 2019

Vampire Weekend are at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday

Best Of 2019: Albums Through August 31st

By Iman Lababedi | September 4, 2019

love and sadness in the summer

Best Of 2019: Albums Through June 30th

By Iman Lababedi | July 9, 2019

The Curtis Mayfield covers are awesome

Best Of 2019: Albums Through May 31st

By Iman Lababedi | June 4, 2019

a masterclass in what it means to dismiss the USSR and find yourself with a different superpower

Best Of 2019: Albums Through April 30th

By Iman Lababedi | May 1, 2019

an inversion of time and consciousness.

Best Of 2019: Albums Through March 31st

By Iman Lababedi | April 2, 2019

a titanic like the ship construction of self-awareness and political awareness born together

L. A. Burning, West Coast Concert Picks, February 4th To 10th

By Alyson Camus | February 2, 2019

Love You Down III with Warpaint is happening twice this week

Van Morrison Lame-O “The Music Of” Line Up

By Iman Lababedi | December 15, 2018

I expect no happiness here…

Announcing The Music of Van Morrison at Carnegie Hall: March 21, 2019

By admin | November 2, 2018

line up to be announced

L.A. BURNING, WEST COAST CONCERT PICKS, FEBRUARY 26TH TO MARCH 4TH

By Alyson Camus | February 24, 2018

On Sunday 4th, second day of Air + Style 2018 at Exposition Park with Phoenix, Gucci Mane…

Oldies But Goldies: Van Morrison’s Solo Work Reviewed And Graded

By Iman Lababedi | October 26, 2017

his pop singer high

Be Here Now: New Album Reviews 9-22-17 – 9-28-17

By Iman Lababedi | September 26, 2017

An astonishing collection of 11 blues classics

Van Morrison At Forest Hills Stadium, Sunday, October 9th, 2016, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 12, 2016

He makes Lou Reed look like Dave Grohl

New Van Morrison Album Out This September

By admin | June 30, 2016

The prolific veteran’s 36th studio LP, Keep Me Singing

Van Morrison’s Mom Dies

By admin | June 5, 2016

Violet Stitt passed away at a County Down nursing home

Van The Man Releasing Yet Another Live Album… Playing Forest Hills

By admin | May 5, 2016

there will be a stop at NYC’s Forest Hills Stadium on October 9

Van Morrison And Tom Jones Together At Hollywood Bowl

By admin | April 29, 2016

Van Morrison with special guest Tom Jones

10 Songs: Wednesday, March 17th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | March 17, 2016

starts like a party and ends like a wake

Deep Inside Van Morrison One

By Iman Lababedi | October 6, 2015

None of us are getting any younger and some of us are growing older fast than others. So for now, weeks after the fact, I though I’d review a handful of deep cuts I really like. Here is four songs, maybe I’ll return at a later date.

One More Time: With The Entire Catalog (More Or Less) On Streaming Services Everywhere, Here is my Reviews Of Every Album

By Iman Lababedi | September 2, 2015

The Essential (2015) – The first CD is more or less very obvious, but the second CD unearths some real gems. keep your ear out for “Wonderful Remark” and “Precious Time” to name two- A-

Van Morrison’s Entire (Er, Nearly) Entire Catalog Is On Spotify And Apple Play Right Now

By Iman Lababedi | August 28, 2015

For those of you unaware of his 90s masterpieces, let me recommend the 1997 The Healing Game, and for completists The Philosopher’s Stone and for everybody else, call in sick and go Morrison crazy loveish!

Legacy Recordings Acquires Catalog of Music Legend Van Morrison YEESSSSSSS

By Iman Lababedi | August 25, 2015

Never before has a press release both spoken for itself so well or been so damn exciting… Van Morrison fans have been decrying the state of the catalog for years and years (hey, me too) and this is incredibly great news. Legacy are the guys behind all those great Elvis Presley re-releases and they will do a brilliant job on Morrison. Read on and cheer loudly!

There Was a Time, When She was Mine… The 25 Greatest Songs of 1982

By Steve Crawford | May 19, 2015

“Cleaning Windows,” Van Morrison. “Cleaning Windows” is a utopian vision of a perfectly fulfilled life, where the pursuit of money is less important than the physical and soul nourishing activities such as reading Kerouac, listening to Muddy Waters, and eating Paris buns. Van was a working man in his prime when he developed this beautiful vision.

Be Here Right Now: New Album First Reviews A day Early

By Iman Lababedi | March 23, 2015

With a handful of early releases, here is some before the early review reviews, two are retreads three are new reviews, all are pretty good without changing the world.

Van Morrison And Friends “Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 23, 2015

Morrison sounds great as he sings everything from Irish lullabies to the purest of blues, with soul, pop and everything else there as well; no longer young, he never really sounded all that young any way and now he sounds timeless. Morrison recently decried the state of rhythm and blues (no rhythm, no blues was his assessment) and here you hear wh

Sneak Peaks: Upcoming Album Releases Week Of March 23rd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | March 22, 2015

I’ve been listening to the Laura Marling album all week and it is excellent, if not as great as her 2013 effort, Courtney is well hyped but a little samey for my tastes… Earl Sweatshirt? He would be my choice for most anticipated of the year except… VAN MORRISON… If there are any more songs as great as “Irish Heartbeat” or “Some Peace Of Mind”, it will be immediately one of the top ten albums of 2015

Golden Oldies: Van Morrison’s Complete Works Review ANd Graded

By Iman Lababedi | March 12, 2015

I’ve written before about the impermanence of what feels like it will last forever. The way the Ramones were always playing around town in the late 1970s, early 1980s, we just assumed it and now it felts like a dream. In the 1990s, Morrison recorded album after album in the 1990s -TWELVE! We thought it would never end but in the 2010s he has recorded exactly one album of new material

rock nyc Top 10 Songs week Of March 9th, 2015

By Hala El-Djazairy | March 12, 2015

This was a great song when Van sang it with the Chieftains and who knows, this may be as good –his singing is warmer and Mark is tapping his Local Hero. Next, “All Day” is the return of Kanye at full power, every sound on this track will make you stop and listen. Finally, “Joan Of Arc” is the most emotionally naked song Madonna has ever written.

Van Morrison And Bobby Womack’s “Peace Of Mind” Reviewed (Listen Here)

By Iman Lababedi | March 7, 2015

the Van-Womack duet is here now and it is wonderful, everything the terrible Michael Buble couldn’t begin to bring to “Real Real Gone”, Womack brings to “Peace Of Mind” -a punchy, upbeat r&b workout with Van and Bobby trading off on lines before bringing it home together.

Van Morrison’s Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue Album Arriving March 24th, 2015 Could Be A Goodie

By Iman Lababedi | February 24, 2015

I thought let’s pass on the Knopfler track but then noticed which song it was and Knopfler channelling the Chieftains might be excellent but even if it isn’t, surely a Bobby Womack duet alone is worth the price of admission, plus Mavis Staples, Gregory Porter, Georgie Fame, Taj Mahal… these are good singers, these are guys we can imagine giving Van a little bit of competition.

1970 – The A+ List

By Steve Crawford | May 9, 2014

This record gets the Best Supporting Cast award for 1970. Motown legends Holland/Dozier/Holland wrote the tune under a lawsuit avoiding pseudonym and The Funk Brothers played on the track. Ray Parker, Jr., who was still attending classes at Detroit’s Northwestern High School, played lead guitar.

Van Morrison At The Theater At Madison Square Garden, Monday, November 25th, 2013, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 26, 2013

How bad was it? I’d go again today if I could. How good was it? I won’t be mentioning it five years from. Well, maybe I will remember it five years from now but it is Jon Hendricks I’ll be remembering.

Active Viewin': rock nyc Concert Picks Week Of 11-25-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 24, 2013

Though he was so great that time, performing Astral Weeks, performing a “Slim Slow Slider” for the ages that it might very well keep you satiated for years. Just not five years. So his show at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Monday is more than a giving thanks, it is a benediction. Rumor has it, this may be his farewell tour. You have to hope not.

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 11-7-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 7, 2013

Glad Tidings Take 9 – Van Morrison – Now available on Spotify, this version, a slower, sweeter, more powerful than the version on Moondance, is, alone, worth the time it took to piss off Van and archive the studio sessions – A+

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 10-28-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 28, 2013

Nights Of Cinnamon – John Mendelssohn – The quality sarcasm of the great Kinks Kronikler comes wrapped in melody and charm, days of sulphur seems to be the operative the word but the mood is (you know we’d get their eventually, is rather Victoria-ish – A

Van Morrison "Moondance" Deluxe Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 27, 2013

Van Morrison sent a message that this 50 song deluxe version of The Celtic Cowboys follow up to “Astral Week” and one of the most beloved albums in rock history “Moondance” was being released without his participation or approval, I did what any vaguely intelligent person would do I ignored him.