Sir George Ivan Morrison, (born 31 August 1945), known as Van Morrison, is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and producer.
Known as “Van the Man”, Morrison started his professional career when, as a teenager in the late 1950s, he played a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands covering the popular hits of the day. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them.
Artist: Van Morrison
Title: Beautiful Vision
Label: Mercury Records
Beautiful Vision is the thirteenth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in February 1982. It continued Morrison’s departure from R&B at the time, instead favoring Celtic folk and American jazz in its music. As with many of Morrison’s recordings, spirituality is a major theme and some of the songs are based on the teachings of Alice Bailey. Other songs show Morrison’s Celtic heritage and reminiscence of his Belfast background.
Beautiful Vision shares much sonically with its predecessor, Common One, being heavy on long, winding song-poems, moderate tempos, dense lyricism, and dated production. Still, this winds up being a stronger articulation of what Morrison was attempting to do on Common One — much like how Wavelength got A Period of Transition right. That doesn’t mean that this is a particularly easy album to warm to, since Morrison seems to be consciously creating an insular world here, only of interest to those willing to delve deeply into his own world, letting his elliptical melodies charm instead of frustrate, to let the leisurely pace seduce rather than lull. Once you do that, the record reveals such charming moments as “She Gives Me Religion,” “Beautiful Vision,” and “Cleaning Windows,” a skipping light R&B tune that became one of his latter-day standards. Too much of Beautiful Vision is the product of a willfully idiosyncratic yet oddly measured vision to make it essential for anyone other than diehards, but moments such as that make it worth a listen.
1. Celtic Ray (4:11)
2. Northern Muse (Solid Ground) (4:05)
3. Dweller on the Threshold (4:49)
4. Beautiful Vision (4:08)
5. She Gives Me Religion (4:33)
1. Cleaning Windows (4:43)
2. Vanlose Stairway (4:10)
3. Aryan Mist (4:00)
4. Across the Bridge Where Angels Dwell (4:31)
5. Scandinavia (6:41)