“Intimate, effortless-sounding exercises in sublime jazz phrasing… among his best compositions in a while” - Uncut
“Seldom has Van sounded more sanguine than he does on his 40th album” - Mojo
07 December 2018 (Toronto, ON) - Van Morrison’s 40th studio album, The Prophet Speaks, is available today on physical copies and digital permanent download via Caroline International/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Get The Prophet Speaks HERE.
This fourteen-track album follows a recent run of hugely acclaimed albums (Roll With The Punches, Versatile and You’re Driving Me Crazy), each of which has delved deep into the musical styles that have continued to inspire Van throughout his life - vocal jazz and R&B. Here, he takes on a series of unarguable classics by the likes of John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke and Solomon Burke (among others) and makes them unmistakably his own. Alongside these reinterpretations, The Prophet Speaks features six phenomenal new Van Morrison compositions including the recent single, “Got To Go Where The Love Is”.
Van Morrison says of The Prophet Speaks: “It was important for me to get back to recording new music as well as doing some of the blues material that has inspired me from the beginning. Writing songs and making music is what I do, and working with great musicians makes it all the more enjoyable.”
The Prophet Speaks again finds Van working with the incredible multi-instrumentalist Joey DeFrancesco (the artist co-credited on You’re Driving Me Crazy) and his band (including Dan Wilson on guitar, Michael Ode on drums and Troy Roberts on tenor saxophone). See the full tracklisting for The Prophet Speaks below.
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