Beautiful Vision - (Import CD)
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- Rock & Pop
- Mono / Stereo
- Van Morrison
- Beautiful Vision
Personnel: Van Morrison (vocals, piano); Herbie Armstrong (acoustic guitar); Chris Hayes, Chris Michie (guitar); Sean Fulsom (pipes); John Allair (organ); David Hayes (bass); Tom Dollinger, Gary Malabar, Peter Van Hooke (drums); Michele Segan (percussion); Bianca Thornton, Pauline Lozano, Annie Stocking (background vocals).
Recorded at The Record Plant, Sausalito, California.
Morrison kicked off the '80s with a new musical direction, and BEAUTIFUL VISION marks that turning point. Though Van was a lifelong devotee of American roots music, he put his R&B influences on the backburner for a while, instead pursuing the more spiritual side of his muse, which had always been present, but never given this much room to roam since his very first release, ASTRAL WEEKS. An important element here is the synthesizer and trumpet work of Mark Isham, which provide spacious, ambient musical textures, upon which Van's spiritual insights float.
Detractors claim that this period in Morrison's artistic development (a process that continued unabated throughout his entire career), was too mellow, too new-agey. What they fail to grasp is the fact that Morrison was probably the only artist capable of utilizing the very elements they bemoan and not turning it into a goopy, pseudo-mystical mess. The man has a genuine gift for articulating the spiritual. A notable exception to this direction is the funky "Cleaning Windows," a light-hearted look back at one of Morrison's youthful occupations.
- Country of Origin
- Warner Bros.
- Studio / Live
- Van Morrison
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Celtic Ray
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Northern Muse (Solid Ground)
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Dweller on the Threshold
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Beautiful Vision
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] She Gives Me Religion
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Cleaning Windows
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Vanlose Stairway
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Aryan Mist
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Across the Bridge Where Angels Dwell
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Scandinavia
- WEA (Distributor)
- NME (Magazine) (9/25/93, p.19) - Ranked #45 in NME's list of The 50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s.
- 45m 6s
- Video Disabled
- Jim Stern; Hugh Murphy
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