Into the Music

Into the Music

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by Van Morrison
     
 

Into the Music may not seem like a great Van Morrison record, one of his very best, upon first listen, especially if you're trying to compare it to such masterpieces as Astral Weeks and Moondance, or even Tupelo Honey. Yet this is certainly one of hisSee more details below

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Into the Music may not seem like a great Van Morrison record, one of his very best, upon first listen, especially if you're trying to compare it to such masterpieces as Astral Weeks and Moondance, or even Tupelo Honey. Yet this is certainly one of his best records, one that is quietly winning and thoroughly ingratiating, sounding stronger, even irresistible, with each new spin. In a sense, this is the definitive post-classic-era Morrison, since it summarizes all of his attributes while showcasing each at a peak. Musically, this is a little harder and rootsier than its two predecessors, but only a little; this is still remarkably relaxed music, where the charm is in its ease of delivery and compositions. The difference, there's more grit in the performances, more substance in the songs, letting Van the craftsman shine through along with his spirituality and grace. There may be no masterworks on the level of his early-'70s records, but these are deft, subtle songs that are full-bodied songs, unlike their counterparts on this album's immediate predecessors or successors. There's little question that this is not a knockout record, and some could even be excused if they find its charms elusive -- but once you've entered Van's sizable cult, few records sound as much like Morrison as this, a record that served as culmination of where he was coming from and served as blueprint for where he was going.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/1990
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0075992624824
catalogNumber:
26248
Rank:
8579

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Van Morrison   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals
Robin Williamson   Whistle (Instrument),Penny Whistle
David Hayes   Bass
Mark Isham   Synthesizer,Trumpet,Piccolo,Piccolo Trumpet
Ry Cooder   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Herbie Armstrong   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Pee Wee Ellis   Saxophone
Zakir Hussain   Percussion,Tabla
Mark T. Jordan   Piano,Keyboards
Katie Kisoon   Background Vocals
Katie Kissoon   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tony Marcus   Mandolin,Violin,Viola
Peter Van Hooke   Drums
Kurt Wortman   Drums
Toni Marcus   Mandolin,Violin,Viola,Stroviola

Technical Credits

Mark Isham   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Pee Wee Ellis   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Mick Glossop   Engineer
Van Morrison   Producer
Toni Marcus   Contributor
Charles Dawes   Composer

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