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Accentuate The Positive

    Van Morrison unveils his 45th studio album, ‘Accentuate the Positive’.

    Like this year’s acclaimed ‘Moving On Skiffle’, ‘Accentuate The Positive’ sees Van Morrison returning to one of his childhood passions: this time rock ‘n’ roll. Growing up in Belfast shortly after World War II, he was immensely inspired by the heady sounds of 20th century blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Listening to artists such as Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and The Everly Brothers, it wasn’t long until Van was intuitively reinterpreting these sounds with his own band in local hometown venues.

    Several decades later, Van Morrison now revisits the genre by reimagining some of his personal favourites for ‘Accentuate The Positive’, and infusing those timeless songs with an energy that constantly challenges and expands upon its traditions. Van’s inimitable voice combined with superb arrangements and highly accomplished brings a fresh zeal to such great songs as The Johnny Burnette Trio’s ‘Lonesome Train’, Johnny Kidd & The Pirates’ ‘Shakin’ All Over’ and Big Joe Turner’s pioneering rock ‘n’ roll hit ‘Flip, Flop and Fly’.

    Contributors to the album include electric guitar from the late Jeff Beck and vocals from Chris Farlowe on ‘Lonesome Train’, plus guitar from Taj Mahal on ‘Lucille’ and ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’.


    TRACK LISTING

    Side 1
    1) You Are My Sunshine
    2) When Will I Be Loved?
    3) Two Hound Dogs
    4) Flip, Flop And Fly
    5) I Want A Roof Over My Head
    Side 2
    6) Problems
    7) Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes
    8) The Shape I’m In
    9) Accentuate The Positive
    10) Lonesome Train
    Side 3
    11) A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues
    12) Shakin’ All Over
    13) Bye Bye Johnny
    14) Red Sails In The Sunset
    15) Sea Of Heartbreak
    Side 4
    16) Blueberry Hill       
    17) Bonaparte’s Retreat
    18) Lucille
    19) Shake Rattle And Roll

    Van Morrison

    Moving On Skiffle

      It should come as no surprise that Van Morrison has made an album inspired by skiffle. Van Morrison’s love of skiffle dates back to his childhood. He would hang out at the famed Belfast record store Atlantic Records, where he’d hear early 20th century folk, blues and jazz from the likes of Lead Belly and Jelly Roll Morton. So when he heard Lonnie Donegan’s take on ‘Rock Island Line’ he intuitively understood the music he was creating. Before long, Van Morrison was playing with a skiffle band in school. Several decades on, Van Morrison now revisits his love of the genre with his new album ‘Moving On Skiffle’, which will be released on 10th March 2023.

      ‘Moving On Skiffle’ finds him taking a homemade style that exploded across Britain in the mid-1950s and infusing it with a level of sophistication and soulfulness that it didn’t always possess the first time around. The 23-track album goes to the heart of the music Van Morrison has inhabited ever since he was six years old, hanging out in the smoky confines of Belfast’s Atlantic Records. It also contains songs that underline, in their messages on the importance of freedom and living on your own terms, his lifetime philosophy. 

      TRACK LISTING

      Freight Train
      Careless Love
      Sail Away Ladies
      Streamline Train
      Take This Hammer
      No Other Baby
      Gypsy Davy
      This Loving Light Of Mine
      In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down
      Yonder Comes A Sucker
      Travelin’ Blues
      Gov Don’t Allow
      Come On In
      Streamlined Cannonball
      Greenback Dollar
      Oh Lonesome Me
      I Wish I Was An Apple On A Tree
      I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
      I’m Movin’ On
      Cold Cold Heart
      Worried Man Blues
      Cotton Fields
      Green Rocky Road


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