Saturday, July 29, 2006

Number 987 - Van Morrison


Number 987

Van Morrison

"Jackie Wilson Said"

(1971)
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Genre:Folk Rock
Morrison's career, spanning some four decades, has influenced many popular musical artists. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2000, Morrison ranked number 25 on American cable music channel VH1's list of its 100 greatest artists of rock and roll.
What more can you say about Van the Man? Not a lot .....so I won't!
What does Rolling Stone think of Van Morrison?
Part Celtic bard, part soulster, and part ecstatically scatting mystical visionary, Van Morrison is a painfully introverted figure who rarely gives interviews and is often at a loss to explain his own lyrics. In the studio, Van Morrison can sing like a soul man getting the spirit; onstage, however, his brilliance can be undercut by whim or temper, and he has upon occasion alienated audiences by rushing through songs and remaining aloof between them. Nonetheless, his influence among rock singer/songwriters is unrivaled by any living artist outside of that other prickly legend, Bob Dylan. Echoes of Morrison’s rugged literateness and his gruff, feverishly emotive vocal style can be heard in latter-day icons ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Elvis Costello, while the Irish artist’s own restless muse has kept him prolific and engaging through the ’90s. ~ [Source: Rolling Stone - from The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001)]
For Bob Dylan see Number 491, #841 & #929
For Bruce Springsteen see Number 817
For Elvis Costello see Number 876
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at (Nope they hated it) and the Album ranked at Number (Nope, doesn't even know its out yet)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 47.5 out of 108

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