Van Morrison: Precious Time

31 Aug

Van Morrison's Back on Top

Van Morrison's 1999 album Back On Top

Birthday greetings to singer/songwriter Van Morrison of Belfast, born George Ivan Morrison, who celebrates No. 66 today.

Morrison has produced 33 studio albums in his career, one for every other year he’s been alive, or nearly two for every three years of his professional life. Prodigious, indeed.

More than half — 18 — are in this collection, which makes us wonder what we’re missing with the other half. Or put it this way: a third of his studio albums have been recorded after he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 (“. . . in the tradition of the great Irish poets and the great soul singers, he is the Caruso of rock and roll,” said The Band’s Robbie Robertson at Morrison’s induction).

There have been at least three tribute albums done of Morrison’s songs, and we’ve passed on all of those. Better to hear Van Morrison sing Jackie Wilson Said than anyone else.

In the meantime, we’ll save space for the 16 Morrison albums we don’t have, and for whatever more Morrison produces in the years ahead. And we’ll remain mindful of what Morrison sung in Precious Time (link below), from the 1999 album Back On Top (not that he ever wasn’t):

Precious time is slipping away
You know you’re only king for a day
It doesn’t matter to which God you pray
Precious time is slipping away

Sources: rockhall.com, wikipedia.org

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