Soulful and thoughtful, Van Morrison had a gift for words
and memorable songs. His fans argue over which album is greatest from his
flourishing years, 1968-1974. A case could be made for Moondance (1970), an exceptional song collection whose sum is
nearly as memorable as its parts
On Occapella, Jon Cleary—blue-eyed, English-born bastion of 'Nawlins-cooked R&B, barroom killer on the piano (and guitar), and one-time collaborator with Bonnie Raitt—applies his own appropriate brand of playing to '50s soul, grimy '70s funk...
Van Morrison's explorations into Americana continue on Keep It Simple, a follow-up to the jazzy What's Wrong With This Picture? and, more recently, the country escapades of Pay the Devil. And with residual elements of each—the B-3 organ of the former, the dobro twang of the latter—Morrison adds a Ray Charles-esque . . .