The Healing Game

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/1997
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731453710146
  • Catalog Number: 537101

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
Tim Young Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best album ever

    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.

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