Back on Top

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Chrispell
After so many songs ranging through so many styles, it is a pleasure to have Van Morrison return to the music that suits him so well. Steeped in blues and R&B, Back on Top finds Morrison celebrating life and its pleasures to the limit. The up-tempo "New Biography" takes a sharp stab at those who say they know him just so they can see their names in print. "Golden Autumn Day" is a near perfect summation of his music up to today and provides a rare glimpse into his personal life as well. On this and other cuts, Morrison sounds like he's taken a lesson or two from tourmate Bob Dylan, and there's a thread that runs from Dylan's recent work right on through to this one. ...
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All Music Guide - James Chrispell
After so many songs ranging through so many styles, it is a pleasure to have Van Morrison return to the music that suits him so well. Steeped in blues and R&B, Back on Top finds Morrison celebrating life and its pleasures to the limit. The up-tempo "New Biography" takes a sharp stab at those who say they know him just so they can see their names in print. "Golden Autumn Day" is a near perfect summation of his music up to today and provides a rare glimpse into his personal life as well. On this and other cuts, Morrison sounds like he's taken a lesson or two from tourmate Bob Dylan, and there's a thread that runs from Dylan's recent work right on through to this one. "Goin' Down Geneva" is a great blues cut, while "In the Midnight" is bedroom music, pure and simple. "Back on Top," the title track, swings along with such ease that you're tempted to check and make sure you didn't put in Moondance by mistake. The meditative "When the Leaves Come Falling Down" even will remind one of Morrison's meditations on Astral Weeks. No matter which track you pick, there's not a weak cut here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/1999
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724384714840
  • Catalog Number: 47148

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Van Morrison Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Pee Wee Ellis Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals
Brian Kennedy Background Vocals
Geraint Watkins Piano, Hammond Organ
Liam Bradley Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Mick Green Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bobby Irwin Drums
Ian Jennings Double Bass
Fiachra Trench Piano
Matt Holland Trumpet
Technical Credits
Brian Masterson Engineer
Van Morrison Producer
Walter Samuel Engineer
Ian Cooper Mastering
Matt Curtis Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Reminds me of someone special

    This album reminds me of someone special, and I think they know who they are. So many nights spent snuggling by the fire, getting blind drunk, while my sweaty, pale flesh glistens in the ambience. The music takes me to those fond memories every time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must-Have for Morrison Fans and Everyone Else!

    This is one Van Morrison album that will please everyone. I'm not sure which are better: the ballads or his great, back-to-the-basics upbeat tunes. The lyrics are sharp and meaningful, which makes this album an all around delight! Dont' miss this one!

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