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Format: CD
Sku: 206902387
UPC: 602517630789
UPC 14: 00602517630789
Release Date: 4/1/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. How Can A Poor Boy? ~ Van Morrison
2. School Of Hard Knocks ~ Van Morrison
3. That's Entertainment ~ Van Morrison
4. Don't Go To Nightclubs Anymore ~ Van Morrison
5. Lover Come Back ~ Van Morrison
6. Keep It Simple ~ Van Morrison
7. End Of The Land ~ Van Morrison
8. Song Of Home ~ Van Morrison
9. No Thing ~ Van Morrison
10. Soul ~ Van Morrison
11. Behind The Ritual ~ Van Morrison

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Van Morrison (vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele, saxophone, piano); Mick Green (guitar, acoustic guitar); Nadine Marsh Edwards (guitar, harmonica); John Platania (guitar); Crawford Bell (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Sarah Jory (steel guitar, banjo); Cindy Cashdollar (steel guitar); Geraint Watkins (accordion, piano); John Allair (organ); Neal Wilkinson (drums); Liam Bradley (percussion); Stevie Lange, Margo Buchanan, Katie Kissoon, Jerome Rimson, Karen Hamill (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Alastair McMillan.
Muze PNote Photographer: Patrick Baird.
Muze PNote The older legendary singer-songwriter Van Morrison gets, the more his recordings become documents of a man trying to come to terms with himself and his place in the world. Some 30 studio albums into his career, 2008's KEEP IT SIMPLE is no exception. There are moments here when Morrison gets in touch with his romantic side, as on the wistfully longing "Lover Come Back" and the love-addled "Entrainment" (in case you were wondering, the title refers to the state of being dragged along). Nevertheless, from the '90s on, there's been a dark, sometimes bitter streak to Morrison's themes, seemingly reacting to negative experiences both in the music business and as a human on the planet. KEEP IT SIMPLE continues that streak. Morrison reminds us that "straight reality is always cold" on the title track, sings of being educated by "The School of Hard Knocks," and observes "only a fool would surmise everyone is sane" on "No Thing." No matter how dark the lyrical outlook though, his patented musical paradigm--an agreeable amalgam of folk-rock, blues, soul, jazz, and the occasional Celtic breeze--is enough to put plenty of wind in the sails of even the most cantankerous traveler.

Producer: Van Morrison

Engineer: Declan Gaffney; Alastair McMillan
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Van Morrison - Keep It Simple - CD Review
By: Peter Kimmich Cinema Blend CD Reviews
Published on: 4/22/2008 12:21 AM
The album's rustic flavor pours forth from the first, languid notes of "How Can A Poor Boy'" - the guitar and harmonica dangle on their notes like a pair of dragonflies that won't move, over a rhythm section that paces up and down like an old dog. By the time Van's deep, bluesman's voice utters the first words, the aroma of a hot, dust-filled Tennessee afternoon is present and pungent the full review

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Associated Artists and Works

Barber, Chris (1~Trombone)
Chieftains (The)
Fame, Georgie
Lewis, Linda G.
Lewis, Linda Gail
Original Soundtrack
Shorty (Georgie Fame)
Vitamin String Quartet

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/01/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 10658
Music Label Name Label : Lost Highway
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602517630789

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.64)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he arrangements are elegantly spare: subtle works of guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, occasional backup singers and, at the center of it all, Morrison's incomparable voice, as expressive as ever.'

Entertainment Weekly (p.61)
- "The title track shows that time has little withered Van Morrison's voice....There are moments during this self-penned collection of bluesy numbers that the Irishman does indeed KEEP IT SIMPLE." -- Grade: B

Uncut (p.103)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a 24-carat Morrison classic, the deconstructionist meditation 'Behind The Ritual'. Simple for him it may be -- but, really, no one else does anything like it."

Down Beat (p.81)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Morrison uses his marvelously malleable voice to take the listener on a low-key, but highly evocative, tour of his musical influences and experiences."

No Depression (p.67)
- "Blues shuffles and country ballads are the templates for much of KEEP IT SIMPLE....'Song Of Home' is a sweet country waltz..."

Record Collector (magazine)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] sturdy set of impeccably-played blues and soul with little of the garnish he's previously used to paper over the cracks of less powerful material."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Morrison,Van
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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