Van Morrison Gets Reacharound From EMI


Signs deal with the label
to the sound of much back-slapping and more…


By Blurt Staff



Actually, despite that snarky title we think it’s pretty
cool too because we are all about vision,
‘ears’ and maintaining integrity
ourselves. But we still wish Van the Man
had signed with our own Blurt Records.. Read on…





Multi-award-winning legendary soul singer and songwriter Van
Morrison has returned to EMI Music, with a live recording slated for release in
early 2009. The album marks the first record to be issued on Morrison’s own
label, Listen To The Lion Records, which will be distributed worldwide by
EMI.  The album captures the
widely-acclaimed live performance Morrison gave at the venerable Hollywood Bowl
in November, which featured a breathtaking recreation of the “Astral Weeks”



“I brought these records to EMI because they seem to have
people with vision, who have ‘ears’ and who understand the significance of the
complex arrangements and the classic essence of recordings like ‘Astral
Weeks,'” said Van Morrison.  “They’re
committed to maintaining the integrity of the records I make.  That is what it’s all about to me.”



“Van Morrison is a true living legend, and he continues to
inspire artists and fans that span generations and genres,” said Nick
Gatfield.  “We are delighted he is
bringing his label to EMI and are very excited to bring his first release to
the world.”



In his remarkable career, Morrison has
become one of the most influential artists in the modern age.  His album “Astral Weeks,” originally released 40 years ago, was heralded as a
groundbreaking work and today is universally regarded as one of the most
important albums in popular music history. 
Timeless music from the soul, “Astral Weeks” is ranked one of the
greatest albums of all time by Mojo, Rolling Stone and Britain’s The Times.



“EMI has had the good fortune to work with Van over the
years, but I am personally excited about this release because I worked with Van
back in 1968 on the release of the original ‘Astral Weeks’ recording” said Ian
Ralfini, Senior Vice President, EMI Music. 
“This particular show at the Bowl was electrifying.  For some of us it was a little bit of
nostalgia and for others it was a brand new experience.  But for everyone it was a great concert and a
piece of musical history.  We are honored
that Van has returned to EMI.” 




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