Beautiful Vision

Beautiful Vision

by Van Morrison


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Beautiful Vision shares much sonically with its predecessor, Common One, being heavy on long, winding song-poems, moderate tempos, dense lyricism, and dated production. Still, this winds up being a stronger articulation of what Morrison was attempting to do on Common One -- much like how Wavelength got A Period of Transition right. That doesn't mean that this is a particularly easy album to warm to, since Morrison seems to be consciously creating an insular world here, only of interest to those willing to delve deeply into his own world, letting his elliptical melodies charm instead of frustrate, to let the leisurely pace seduce rather than lull. Once you do that, the record reveals such charming moments as "She Gives Me Religion," "Beautiful Vision," and "Cleaning Windows," a skipping light R&B tune that became one of his latter-day standards. Too much of Beautiful Vision is the product of a willfully idiosyncratic yet oddly measured vision to make it essential for anyone other than diehards, but moments such as that make it worth a listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992365222
catalogNumber: 3652
Rank: 4910

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Van Morrison   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals
David Hayes   Bass
Mark Isham   Synthesizer,Trumpet
Rob Wasserman   Bass
John Allair   Organ,Keyboards
Herbie Armstrong   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Pee Wee Ellis   Flute,Saxophone
Tom Donlinger   Percussion,Drums
Sean Fulsom   Pipe
Chris Hayes   Guitar
Mark Knopfler   Guitar
Pauline Lozana   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Michie   Guitar
Annie Stocking   Background Vocals
Bianca Thornton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Peter Van Hooke   Drums
Gary Mallaber   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Van Morrison   Director,Producer
Hugh Murphy   Engineer
Jim Stern   Engineer

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