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Beautiful Vision
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Album: Beautiful Vision
# Song Title   Time
1)    Northern Muse (Solid Ground)
2)    Celtic Ray
3)    Dweller on the Threshold
4)    Beautiful Vision
5)    She Gives Me Religion
6)    Cleaning Windows
7)    Vanlose Stairway
8)    Aryan Mist
9)    Across the Bridge Where Angels Dwell
10)    Scandinavia
 

Album: Beautiful Vision
# Song Title   Time
1)    Northern Muse (Solid Ground)
2)    Celtic Ray
3)    Dweller on the Threshold
4)    Beautiful Vision
5)    She Gives Me Religion
6)    Cleaning Windows
7)    Vanlose Stairway
8)    Aryan Mist
9)    Across the Bridge Where Angels Dwell
10)    Scandinavia
 
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  • Personnel: Van Morrison (vocals, piano); Herbie Armstrong (acoustic guitar); Chris Hayes, Chris Michie (guitar); Sean Fulsom (pipes); John Allair (organ); David Hayes (bass); Tom Dollinger, Gary Malabar, Peter Van Hooke (drums); Michele Segan (percussion); Bianca Thornton, Pauline Lozano, Annie Stocking (background vocals).
  • Recorded at The Record Plant, Sausalito, California.
  • Personnel: Van Morrison (vocals, guitar, saxophone, piano, keyboards); Herbie Armstrong (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Pauline Lozana, Bianca Thornton (vocals, background vocals); Chris Hayes , Chris Michie, Mark Knopfler (guitar); Pee Wee Ellis (flute, saxophone); Sean Fulsom (pipe); Mark Isham (trumpet, synthesizer); John Allair (organ, keyboards); Gary Mallaber, Tom Donlinger (drums, percussion); Peter Van Hooke (drums); Annie Stocking (background vocals).
  • Recording information: Record Plant, Sausalito, CA.
  • Director: Van Morrison.
  • Photographer: Rudolph Legname.
  • Morrison kicked off the '80s with a new musical direction, and BEAUTIFUL VISION marks that turning point. Though Van was a lifelong devotee of American roots music, he put his R&B influences on the backburner for a while, instead pursuing the more spiritual side of his muse, which had always been present, but never given this much room to roam since his very first release, ASTRAL WEEKS. An important element here is the synthesizer and trumpet work of Mark Isham, which provide spacious, ambient musical textures, upon which Van's spiritual insights float.
  • Detractors claim that this period in Morrison's artistic development (a process that continued unabated throughout his entire career), was too mellow, too new-agey. What they fail to grasp is the fact that Morrison was probably the only artist capable of utilizing the very elements they bemoan and not turning it into a goopy, pseudo-mystical mess. The man has a genuine gift for articulating the spiritual. A notable exception to this direction is the funky "Cleaning Windows," a light-hearted look back at one of Morrison's youthful occupations.
Professional Reviews
NME (Magazine) (9/25/93, p.19) - Ranked #45 in NME's list of The 50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s.
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