summer album of the week 08/21/10

van morrison: into the music (released august 1979)

van morrison: into the music (released august 1979)

Picking up on the momentum established less than a year earlier by Wavelength, Into the Music finds Van Morrison at a sunny crossroads. The opening Bright Side of the Road and Full Force Gale presents rapturous pop with a hearty gospel undertow while And the Healing Has Begun and Angeliou surrender to more amorous spiritualism. And then there is the closing You Know What They’re Writing About, an epic Keats-ian come-on tacked onto a cover of It’s All in the Game that presents Morrison at his most poetically evocative. Like so many great Morrison recordings, Into the Music is also a cross-continental journey that continually leaps between Celtic inspiration and American R&B impulses with a supporting cast of diverse musical giants (Ry Cooder, Zakir Hussain, Robin Williamson) that nicely uphold the boundary-crossing mission. A complete underdog of a Morrison album full of summery wonder and a suggestion of the impending autumn.



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