- Into the Music
Infobox Album | Name = Into the Music
Released = August, 1979
Recorded = Spring 1979 at Record Plant, Sausalito
Genre = Celtic
Folk rock Pop rock
Length = 49:30
Producer = Van Morrison
AllmusicRating|4.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:pl508qmtbtv4 link]
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| Last album = "Wavelength"
This album = "Into the Music"
Next album = "
Misc = Singles
Name =Into the Music
Single 1 =
Bright Side of the Road" b/w "Rolling Hills
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Single 2 =
Full Force Gale" b/w " Bright Side of the Road
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Single 3 =
You Make Me Feel So Free" b/w " Full Force Gale
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"Into the Music" is the eleventh studio
albumby Northern Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1979.
As was often the case with Morrison, the album draws on a variety of styles, from New Orleans R&B to Philly soul and Celtic folk, and the featured soloists are saxophonist
Pee Wee Ellisand violinist Toni Marcus. On first release this album was hailed as a "comeback" after two lacklustre releases. Its reputation has since grown and now it is often regarded as among Morrison's greatest albums.
The songs were mostly written while Morrison was staying with Herbie Armstrong in the
Cotswoldvillage of Epwell, England, and the sense of place is reflected in the spirit of the music. During this time, he would often walk through the fields with his guitar making up songs. [Turner, It's Too Late to Stop Now, p. 141-142]
The healing power of music would be subtly introduced on "
And the Healing Has Begun" and would be a continuing theme in his music. Most of the songs were a celebration of love and life especially "Troubadours", "Steppin' Out Queen" and " You Make Me Feel So Free". [Rogan, No Surrender, p. 327] Rolling Stone Magazinereviewer Jay Cocks concludes: "That's what this album is about, proudly and stunningly and with no apologies. Resurrection. Real Hope." David Marshdescribed the album's nocturnal, balladic second side suite as "the greatest side of music Morrison has created since " Astral Weeks". The suite is also notable for its interpolation of an elegiac version of the fifties pop hit " It's All in the Game", the only #1 single to ever be co-written by a Vice President of the United States.
The opening track, "
Bright Side of the Road" was a successful single in the UK, where the album charted at #12.
January 29, 2008re-issued and re-mastered version of the album contains alternative takes of "Steppin' Out Queen" and "Troubadours". [ [http://www.vanmorrison.co.uk/?m=Content&Content(record_id)=9e7f77a8944fa52fb858a13add2752e0 Van Morrison Official Website] ]
Morrison on "Into the Music"
Morrison has been quoted as remarking on this album: "Into the Music" was about the first album where I felt, I'm starting here....the "Wavelength" thing, I didn't really feel that was me." (1988) [Heylin, Can You Feel the Silence?, p. 345] "That's when I got back into it. That's why I called it "Into the Music"." (1984) [Heylin, Can You Feel the Silence?, p.345]
All songs written by
Van Morrison, unless noted.
Bright Side of the Road" – 3:47
Full Force Gale" – 3:14
#"Steppin' Out Queen" – 5:28
#"Troubadours" – 4:41
#"Rolling Hills" – 2:53
You Make Me Feel So Free" – 4:09
#"Angelou" – 6:48
And the Healing Has Begun" – 7:59
It's All in the Game" (Charles Dawes, Carl Sigman) – 4:39
#"You Know What They're Writing About" – 6:10
Bonus tracks (2008 CD reissue)
#"Steppin' Out Queen" - 7:00 (alternative take)
#"Troubadours" - 5:30 (alternative take)
guitar, harmonica, vocal
*John Allair: organ
guitar, backing vocals
Ry Cooder: slide guitar
Pee Wee Ellis: tenor saxophone
*David Hayes: bass
Mark Isham: trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet
*Katie Kissoon: backing vocals
mandolin, violin, viola, stroviola
Peter Van Hooke: drums
Robin Williamson: penny whistle
*Kurt Wortman: drums
*Producer: Van Morrison
*Recorded & Mixed by:
*Assistant Engineers: Alex Cash (recording), Leslie Ann Jones (mixing)
*Horn Arrangement on "Troubadours":
*Horn Arrangement on tracks 1-3, 6-7 and 9-10:
Pee Wee Ellis
Album - Billboard
UK Album Chart
*Rogan, Johnny (2006). Van Morrison:No Surrender, London:Vintage Books ISBN 9780099431831
*Turner, Steve (1993). Too Late to Stop Now, Viking Penguin, ISBN 0-670-85147-7
* [http://www.vanmorrison.co.uk/?m=Content&Content(record_id)=b2950180e54389f3cf9d93ad908ac00e Lyrics and audio samples] Into the Music 1970s
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