Into the Music

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 6/15/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992624824
  • Catalog Number: 26248
  • Sales rank: 14,706

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Van Morrison Primary Artist, 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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