Morrison's 13th studio album was released in 1982. The album continued his departure from R&B favoring Celtic folk and jazz influences instead. Many songs on the album are based on the teachings of theosophical writer Alice Bailey, while others show Morrison's Celtic heritage.
One of musics true originals, Van Morrisons unique and inspirational musical legacy, is rooted in postwar Belfast.
Born in 1945 Van heard his Shipyard worker fathers collection of blues, country and gospel early in life. Feeding off musical greats such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Leadbelly he was a traveling musician at 13 and singing, playing guitar and sax, in several bands, before forming Them in 1964. Making their name at Belfasts Maritime Club Them soon established Van as a major force in the British R&B scene.
Morrisons matchless vocal and songwriting talents produced instant classics such as the much covered Gloria and Here Comes The Night. Those talents found full astonishing range in Vans solo career. After working with Thems New York producer Bert Berns on beautiful Top 40 pop hit Brown Eyed Girl (1967), Morrison moved to another realm.
With one of the most revered catalogues in music history and his unparalleled talents as composer, singer and performer Morrisons past achievements loom large. But, as throughout his extraordinary career, how that past informs his future achievements and still stirs excitement and keen anticipation.
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