The three female backup singers, whose stilted style is lethal when they serve as more than window dressing, toss additional salt into the wound. The effect is that of a man looking for his romantic roots and tripping over his shoelaces. Sometimes he stumbles when he lets his brain trivialize his heart. Newswire Powered by.
Close the menu. Rolling Stone. Log In. It's depth reading. You might read it on Wednesday and on Thursday you pick it up again and get an entirely different thing. I don't feel qualified to speak about what it's about — you really have to read it yourself It conveyed the impression that his happiness with the mundane routine of smoking Woodbine cigarettes, eating Paris buns and drinking lemonade was made possible by the promise that at the end of the day he could enter the world of books and records The interpretation originated with Irish musician Phil Coulter who, according to biographer Rogan " Further weakening Coulter's interpretation is the fact that the lyrics were co-written by Hugh Murphy.
Murphy's two other songwriting contributions to the album are "Dweller on the Threshold" and "Aryan Myst", both explicitly influenced by Alice Bailey's work "Glamour: A World Problem", which contains direct references to angels.
Beautiful Vision ends with the instrumental " Scandinavia ", with Morrison on piano and prominently features Mark Isham 's synthesizer. Records in the United States. It consists of a hand reaching up to a circle of cloud, containing a crescent shape, stars and a prismatic rainbow.
Beautiful Vision received acclaim from contemporary critics. Morrison was eager to include the new material recorded for Beautiful Vision in concert. Before the album was released he performed three-quarters of it at shows in California in October His manager, Bill Graham , was concerned that Morrison was not promoting the album with a nationwide tour of the US. Morrison fired Graham on stage in San Francisco. Herbie Armstrong remembered "He was taking Van in the wrong direction.
He was trying to commercialize him. After the release of the album, Morrison performed a series of concerts at the Dominion Theatre , London, opened by Herbie Armstrong with an acoustic set. It's not just here's the hits, here's the new record, please buy it, whatever. A certain number of people would come back every night, [knowing that] Van will not have a set-list that he adheres to religiously So I thought, 'Here's a way.
Van is not having any singles. Van doesn't do TV. How can we get attention to him doing what he does? I think we did four [concerts] the first time. We ended up doing eleven [in ]. We got a lot of coverage, we got a lot of attention, without him having to do something he didn't like.
Morrison's love of live performing was reignited by this set of concerts and he commented at the time that it was "more like appearing in a play, going to the theatre and doing your job every day — which I prefer to touring because that's very fragmented and disorientating.
All the songs of the album have been performed live, some of them many hundred times, whereas "Across the bridge where angels dwell" and "Scandinavia" were only played on very few concerts.
Seven of the songs that were performed were from Beautiful Vision. In March , Morrison performed a series of four concerts at the Grand Opera House ; six of the Beautiful Vision songs were featured on the live album Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast that was composed of the two best concerts performed at this venue.
A remastered version was released in Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.
Features Interviews Lists.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.