VAN MORRISON – ” Latest Record Project ” Volume 1

Posted: April 26, 2021 in MUSIC

Van Morrison has released a third song from his next album, “Latest Record Project: Volume 1“, a two-disc set with 28 songs written during lockdown. The release, with the generic-sounding name, arrives May 7th, 2021, on Exile/BMG Records. His 42nd record, says the original March 3rd announcement, “delves into his ongoing love of blues, R&B, jazz and soul” and “proves that he’s living in the present, and remains an artist of integrity and distinction.”

Listen to the title track, plus “Love Should Come With a Warning” and “Only a Song”.

“I’m getting away from the perceived same songs, same albums all the time,” says Morrison. “This guy’s done 500 songs, maybe more, so hello? Why do you keep promoting the same ten? I’m trying to get out of the box.”

From the announcement: Unable to tour, Morrison remained busy with constant song writing, starting ideas on piano, guitar or saxophone. What emerged is a wealth of new material, which shimmers with a directness and vibrancy that comes from working with a rhythm section with whom he shares an immediate, spontaneous connection.

Of the title track, “Latest Record Project,” the announcement notes: The king of Celtic soul’s one in a million, straight-to-the-heart baritone sits in the pocket of a warm organ hum, accompanied by sha-la-la doo wop backing vocal harmonies.

Two songs, “Love Should Come With a Warning’ and “Mistaken Identity,” feature lyrics that were written with Don Black.

Other highlights range from the saxophone-led R&B gem “Jealousy” to the joyful, country-tinged “A Few Bars Early” via the spirited Them-style garage rock to the self-explanatory “Stop Bitching, Do Something.”

Other song titles include “Dead Beat Saturday Night” which addresses lockdown life in matter-of-fact style: “No life, no gigs, no choice, no voice”; the barroom rock ’n’ roll of “Where Have All the Rebels Gone,” which bemoans the lack of real independent thought; and Morrison’s views on social media, “Why Are You On Facebook?”.

Last fall, Morrison courted plenty of controversy with his anti-lockdown stance, culminating with the release of a new song, “Stand and Deliver,” recorded with Eric Clapton.

Morrison will celebrate the album’s release by playing his first-ever virtual performance on May 8th. The multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter will perform a livestream event from Real World Studios in Wiltshire, U.K. that will see him debut some brand new songs alongside a selection of classic tracks. The event is in partnership with nugs.net, which hosts live streams and professionally recorded archive concerts from iconic artists. Fans can tune in to the performance live on Saturday, May 8 at 3 p.m. 

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