The Healing Game [20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

The Healing Game [20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

by Van Morrison

CD(Special Edition / Digi-Pak)

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Van Morrison's 23rd studio album of original material in 30 years follows two jazz-oriented side projects, during which he was able to indulge his affection for the works of others, especially those of Mose Allison. Returning to his own work, Morrison seems to want to come to terms with the bitterness sometimes expressed in more recent original albums like Too Long in Exile and Days Like This. That bitterness has not dissipated by any means, as he demonstrates most clearly in "This Weight" and "It Once Was My Life," but now he is at pains to make clear that he became a musician because of a pure, simple joy in music-making. But that joy has been reduced by the demands of celebrity, and if this makes him the Greta Garbo of rock, so be it. When he isn't complaining, Morrison presents the same kind of material he has been giving us for decades now, midtempo tunes paced by warm, graceful horn charts in which he evokes passion and spirituality largely through the use of nature imagery and rhythmic repetition. In his attempt to get back to his original inspiration, however, he gives "It Once Was My Life" and especially "If You Love Me" a doo wop sound, which seems to achieve the desired effect, such that in the album-closing title track he declares success: "Here I am again/Back on the corner again/Back where I belong." And with his return to "those ancient streets," his career comes full circle.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/2019
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0889854284022
catalogNumber: 542840
Rank: 1819

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Van Morrison   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Georgie Fame   Organ,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals
Pee Wee Ellis   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Brian Kennedy   Vocals,Background Vocals
Phil Coulter   Piano
Guy Barker   Trumpet
Liam Bradley   Drums
Alec Dankworth   Double Bass
Geoff Dunn   Percussion,Drums
Leo Green   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Ralph Salmins   Percussion,Drums
Nicky Scott   Bass,Electric Bass
Robin Aspland   Piano,Drums
Ronnie Johnson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Paddy Maloney   uillean pipes
Haji Akbar   Flugelhorn
Matt Holland   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Peter O'Hanlon   Dobro
Pat Fitzpatrick   Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Georgie Fame   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Pee Wee Ellis   Horn Arrangements
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Leo Green   Horn Arrangements
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Brian Hodgson   Producer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Van Morrison   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Walter Samuel   Engineer
David Richards   Engineer
Matt Curtis   Art Direction
Tom Burleigh   Direction
Paddy Maloney   Whistle
Matt Holland   Horn Arrangements
Howard Griffin   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Sylvester Stewart   Composer

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