Van Morrison will release ‘Latest Record Project: Volume 1’ on May 7th on Exile/BMG. His 42nd record and his most dynamic and contemporary album in years, ‘Latest Record Project: Volume 1’ is a 28-track delve into his ongoing love of blues, R&B, jazz and soul. However much you may love his classic albums, this new project proves that he’s living in the present, and remains an artist of integrity and distinction.
‘Latest Record Project: Volume 1’ is the result of our enforced period of isolation. Unable to tour, Morrison remained busy with constant song writing, starting ideas on piano, guitar or saxophone. What emerged is a wealth of new material, which shimmers with a directness and vibrancy that comes from working with a rhythm section with whom he shares an immediate, spontaneous connection.
Van Morrison today launches the project by releasing the title track. The king of Celtic soul’s one in a million, straight-to-the-heart baritone sits in the pocket of a warm organ hum, accompanied by sha-la-la doo wop backing vocal harmonies. Other highlights emerge at every juncture, from the saxophone-led R&B gem ‘Jealousy’ to the joyful, country-tinged ‘A Few Bars Early’ via the spirited Them-style garage rock of the self-explanatory ‘Stop Bitching, Do Something’.
What ‘Latest Record Project: Volume 1’ most clearly demonstrates is this: if you want to really appreciate Van Morrison’s art listen to what he’s doing now, because he never stops.
- Latest Record Project / 2. Where Have All the Rebels Gone? / 3. Psychoanalysts’ Ball / 4. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished / 5. Tried to Do the Right Thing / 6. The Long Con / 7. Thank God for the Blues / 8. Big Lie / 9. A Few Bars Early / 10. It Hurts Me Too / 11. Only a Song / 12. Diabolic Pressure / 13. Deadbeat Saturday Night / 14. Blue Funk
Double Agent / 2. Double Bind / 3. Love Should Come With A Warning / 4. Breaking The Spell / 5. Up County Down / 6. Duper’s Delight / 7. My Time After a While / 8. He’s Not the Kingpin / 9. Mistaken Identity / 10. Stop Bitching, Do Something / 11. Western Man / 12. They Own the Media / 13. Why Are You on Facebook? / 14. Jealousy