Healing Game

The Healing Game

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by Van Morrison
     
 
Van Morrison's 23rd studio album of original material in 30 years follows two jazz-oriented side projects, during which he was able to indulge his affection for the works of others, especially those of Mose Allison. Returning to his own work, Morrison seems to want to come to terms with the bitterness sometimes expressed in more recent

Overview

Van Morrison's 23rd studio album of original material in 30 years follows two jazz-oriented side projects, during which he was able to indulge his affection for the works of others, especially those of Mose Allison. Returning to his own work, Morrison seems to want to come to terms with the bitterness sometimes expressed in more recent original albums like Too Long in Exile and Days Like This. That bitterness has not dissipated by any means, as he demonstrates most clearly in "This Weight" and "It Once Was My Life," but now he is at pains to make clear that he became a musician because of a pure, simple joy in music-making. But that joy has been reduced by the demands of celebrity, and if this makes him the Greta Garbo of rock, so be it. When he isn't complaining, Morrison presents the same kind of material he has been giving us for decades now, midtempo tunes paced by warm, graceful horn charts in which he evokes passion and spirituality largely through the use of nature imagery and rhythmic repetition. In his attempt to get back to his original inspiration, however, he gives "It Once Was My Life" and especially "If You Love Me" a doo wop sound, which seems to achieve the desired effect, such that in the album-closing title track he declares success: "Here I am again/Back on the corner again/Back where I belong." And with his return to "those ancient streets," his career comes full circle.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/1997
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0731453710122
catalogNumber:
537101

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Van Morrison   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals
Georgie Fame   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Pee Wee Ellis   Baritone Saxophone
Brian Kennedy   Background Vocals
Phil Coulter   Piano
Alec Dankworth   Double Bass
Geoff Dunn   Drums
Leo Green   Tenor Saxophone
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Ralph Salmins   Percussion
Nicky Scott   Electric Bass
Robin Aspland   Piano
Ronnie Johnson   Electric Guitar
Paddy Maloney   Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes
Haji Akbar   Flugelhorn
Matt Holland   Trumpet
Peter O'Hanlon   Dobro

Technical Credits

Van Morrison   Producer
Walter Samuel   Engineer
Enda Walsh   Engineer
Matt Curtis   Art Direction
Edna Walsh   Engineer

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The Healing Game 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JEANPIERREFORRES6 More than 1 year ago
i fell in love with this album back in the nineties and find love and spiritual awakining in every song. it carried me through a difficult time and its funny; i go through copies of it like water. it will always have meaning for me. BEAUTIFUL.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard this album I wondered if it could be the same Van Morrison that my mother listened to when I was growing up. This album was so beautiful I had to have it. I have become a converted Van Morrison fan and have come to love his old work as much as the new. I have never written a review before but this is one Van album you cannot miss out on. It will fill you with emotion.