MUMBAI: 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 live performance Morrison gave at the venerable Hollywood Bowl in November, which featured a breathtaking recreation of the Astral Weeks album.
"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 Morrison. "They’re committed to maintaining the integrity of the records I make. That is what it’s all about to me."
"Morrison is a true living legend, and he continues to inspire artists and fans that span generations and genres," said EMI Music president, A&R – North America and UK/Ireland 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 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 Morrison over the years, but I am personally excited about this release because I worked with Morrison back in 1968 on the release of the original Astral Weeks recording" said EMI Music vice president Ian Ralfini. "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 Morrison has returned to EMI."