Van Morrison Beautiful Vision on Vinyl LP from Rhino Records
Beautiful Vision True to Its Name on Vinyl LP: Van Morrison's Gorgeous 1982 Album Features Classics Such as "Dweller on the Threshold," "Cleaning Windows," and "Vanlose Stairway"
Beautiful vision, indeed. Celtic flourishes, midtempo arrangements, and folk and jazz strains course through Van Morrison's celebrated 1982 album, Beautiful Vision. Morrison has seldom been in better voice. Former collaborators like saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis (James Brown) and trumpeter Mark Isham return to the fold while standout tracks like "Dweller on the Threshold," "She Gives Me Religion," "Cleaning Windows" and "Vanlose Stairway" almost exist in a genre all their own. This record is not to be missed, particularly in analog.
Inspired at an early age by Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Lead Belly and Solomon Burke, the Belfast-born Morrison was just 18 when he joined the R&B combo Them in 1964. Known for spontaneous, energetic performances, Them represented the Northern Irish element of the 1960s British Invasion, breaking into the pantheon with the indelible "Gloria." Morrison began his solo career with the Top 10 pop smash and radio perennial "Brown Eyed Girl," but soon moved in compelling new directions. He's boldly crossed numerous musical genres in the decades that followed, investigating country music, jazz, New Orleans R&B, traditional Celtic folk and straight-ahead rock n' roll.