VAN MORRISON - Roll With The Punches (2017)
Anytime you have the great Van Morrison covering strong material with excellent musicians you know you’re in for treat. Morrison follows 2016’s strong release Keep Me Singing with his 37th studio album, which he self-produced. The album contains ten covers of old blues and soul classics along with five songs written by Morrison. The album was produced by Morrison. Van’s voice is still an incredible instrument, and he brings passion to these blues songs, whether cover or original. Morrison has stated that from a very early age he connected with the blues. A strong group of collaborators join him on the album including Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame, Jeff Beck (who contributes to seven of the songs), Paul Jones and Jason Rebello.
"From a very early age, I connected with the blues. The thing about the blues is you don't dissect it – you just do it. I've never over-analysed what I do; I just do it. Music has to be about just doing it and that's the way the blues works – it's an attitude. I was lucky to have met people who were the real thing – people like John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Witherspoon, Bo Diddley, Little Walter & Mose Allison. I got to hang out with them and absorb what they did. They were people with no ego whatsoever and they helped me learn a lot." - Van Morrison
TRACKS: 01. Roll With The Punches 02. Transformation 03. I Can Tell 04. Stormy Monday Lonely Avenue 05. Goin' To Chicago 06. Fame 07. Too Much Trouble 08. Bring It On Home To Me 09. Ordinary People 10. How Far From God 11. Teardrops From My Eyes 12. Automobile Blues 13. Benediction 14. Mean Old World 15. Ride On Josephine
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