Release Date: Dec 7, 2018
Record label: Caroline
Instead of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classic Astral Weeks, Van Morrison continues to deliver new work at an enviable pace. He's long sought to release more than a recording a year in order to keep pace with his intense work ethic. In 2016 he finagled a strategy to accomplish this when he signed separate yet simultaneous label deals allowing him that freedom.
V an Morrison's 40th studio album comes packaged in the year's most unsettling cover: the great man with Archie Andrews - the ventriloquist's dummy from Educating Archie - sitting on his knee. What can it all mean? Morrison had a 2012 track called Educating Archie that complained about global elites, capitalism and the media, but this is an album of old-fashioned R&B - eight covers and six originals - that don't appear concerned with the state of the world. Perhaps there's a clue in the old show, which ran from 1950 to 1960, on the radio - a ventriloquism comedy on the radio! - and Morrison is hinting at the worth of the old as people rush to pursue the novel and the antic.