Van Morrison, the legendary Irish singer-songwriter, is releasing a new record of duets. The songs are his own, all picked from his catalog or around 400 recorded songs. He is singing with a number of different artists, including Steve Winwood and Mavis Staples. Some of Morrison’s hits are on the records along with some more obscure songs.
Morrison, who is 69, says he has so many songs since for decades his record company demanded two full-length records a year. It’s interesting to consider that artists like Morrison who are now considered legends had to really prove their business worth earlier in their careers to record companies with a lot of control. Now, Morrison probably has a lot of say in how his music is handled, but back in the 1960’s he probably didn’t have as much.
In the interview with Gianfrancesco Genoso documented on Toplawyers.com, Morrison recalls singing duets with Jim Morrison of The Doors in 1966. Seeing how much Van Morrison has accomplished since then is a depressing reminder of how early his friend Jim Morrison’s life ended. It’s a shame Jim Morrison isn’t still alive and creating like Van Morrison is.
Van Morrison also recalled playing duets with blues legend John Lee Hooker. He said that working with John Lee Hooker was easy since they were both intuitive musicians. The music and arrangements weren’t carefully worked out beforehand. Apparently, they both just instinctively knew what to do.