|Into the Music|
|Studio album by Van Morrison|
Reissued January 2008
|Recorded||Spring 1979 at Record Plant, Sausalito|
US Warner Bros.
|Van Morrison chronology|
|Singles from Into the Music|
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 Ellis and violinist Toni Marcus. On first release this album was hailed as a "comeback" after two lacklustre releases, charting at #12 in the UK Album Charts in 1979. Its reputation has since grown and now it is often regarded as among Morrison's greatest albums.
The January 29, 2008 reissued and remastered version of the album contains alternative takes of "Steppin' Out Queen" and "Troubadours".
The opening track, "Bright Side of the Road" was a successful single in the UK, charting at #63. The healing power of music would be subtly introduced on "And the Healing Has Begun" and would be a continuing theme in Morrison's music. Although a celebration of love and life was the predominant theme of the album: "Troubadours", "Steppin' Out Queen" and "You Make Me Feel So Free" were especially so. The album is notable for its interpolation of an elegiac version of the fifties pop hit "It's All in the Game", that was voted #813 on Dave Marsh's list of 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made, B-side to the Morrison song "Cleaning Windows". Morrison wrote most of the songs while he was staying with Herbie Armstrong in the Cotswold village 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 composing the future album's songs.
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) "That's when I got back into it. That's why I called it Into the Music." (1984)
David Marsh described the album's nocturnal, balladic second side suite as "the greatest side of music Morrison has created since Astral Weeks". Rolling Stone Magazine reviewer Jay Cocks concludes: "That's what this album is about, proudly and stunningly and with no apologies. Resurrection. Real Hope."
All songs written by Van Morrison, unless noted.
|1979||UK Album Chart||21|