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Born To Sing: No Plan B

Van Morrison Audio CD
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One of music’s true originals Van Morrison’s unique and inspirational musical legacy is rooted in postwar Belfast.
Born in 1945 Van heard his Shipyard worker father’s collection of blues, country and gospel early in life.

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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B008EZVNO0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the first album in four years from rhythm and blues veteran Van Morrison. Born to Sing: No Plan B was self-produced and recorded in his native Belfast, while also marking a return to jazz label Blue Note. It is Van the Man's 34th studio album in 45 years.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow ! 21 Dec 2012
By Barry
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Yes, once again Van the man has managed to Wow his fans with this fantastic album. Van does not churn out one album after the other like some insipid lolly pop boy band. some years pass between the release of each recording and I spend those years checking to see if he has anything new on the shelf. When there is a new release I always find myself feeling a little nervous when I first play it. The reason for this is the fear that age might have finally robbed Van of his creativity and that powerful, gritty and wonderful voice of his. As sad as it is, age can do that. It happened to Sinatra and to many others

However the truth is that there are some who have a voice that matures and gets even better with age. Rod Stewart is an example and Van Morrison sounds better than I have ever heard him. If your a genuine Van Morrison fan you will not be disappointed with this album. There are no nasty surprises, no attempt to reinvent himself with some new musical style which is a typical mistake artists make as they get older. This is no nonsense, honest to goodness typical Van Morrison blues/jazz. The sax is heavenly. I Hoped this helped. Happy shopping
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Album so so, but great live preview in Belfast 4 Dec 2012
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I was fortunate to attend the Van concert during the East Belfast Festival this summer, a very rare occasion with him playing so close to Hyndford Street, where it all began. A fantastic concert! Unusually for VDM, it was a real crowd pleaser with a lot of songs one would hope he would play in this venue. The biggest cheer of the night was for 'Star of the County Down', with superb saxophone intro & outro from Van. He also featured new material, and it sounded better live than on this subsequent album. In recent times his live shows have been where it is really at. He did a great (sellout) turn at the Odyssey Arena as well recently. There is always effortlessly superb musicianship with top performers being kept on their toes. I really wish he had recorded this album live at that concert in East Belfast! Take note Van Fans - see this man live, he still has it on the stage, if not in the studio! Saying that,surely the creative well has not run dry, I live in hope of another album worth getting to know really well over a few tipples of a weekend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no cool crystal waters here 21 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
After 35 albums I'm relieved that Van does have something else to sing about. Here, he does question materialism generally but thankfully quite sublimely wrapped in some sumptuous melodies. Much has been said about Van revisiting a few themes perhaps a little too often. Also, the fact that its been 3 years since his last studio album rather than the an album almost annually, may have contributed to a significant increase in quality: and this being the best album he has released since the nineties. There is not a weak track on the album and several real highlights reminding us why Van Morrison was so rated in the first place. The songs are well constructed, memorable, brilliantly played, and sung with Vans best and most convincing vocal performance for many a year.

The album has a relaxed easy listening feel, but is not in any way bland. The opener is catchy, radio friendly and will no doubt find its way on future Best of's. Going down to Monte Carlo, End of the Rainbow, Born to sing, If in money we trust, are real highlights and wouldn't be out of place on some of his 70s classics. Even Pagan Heart, is arguably his best and most authentic blues track in years.

Generally, even on first listen you can instantly tell that the album has been produced and crafted with care: more thought has been put into the making of this album than some of Vans recent offerings. There are still lyrical references to one or two philosophers, one of Vans staple devices. More interestingly is the track "If in money we trust" the extended jazz workout second half of the song which has echos of the theme tune to the old "Money" program from the 70s, clever!

I'm not sure exactly where it would rank with the rest of his work. After playing it probably twenty times now I would tentatively put it in his top ten best albums. A bold placement I know, but I would rank it along side "Into the Music", a personal favorite of mine for shear listen-ability alone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 24 Mar 2013
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Is it treading water van has trod for years...yep. Is it offering something brand new and cutting Is it still not much fun being van...yep. Is it loaded with paranoia...yep. But is it gorgeous smooth and genuinely uplifting.. You bet. His singing is fabulous and the jazz blues playing is sublime. It's not new but it is genuine quality and it is authentic. If like me you love Van's "no guru"....then this is right up your street.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Sings Cool Jazz 1 Oct 2012
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"Born To Sing: No Plan B" is Van Morrison's thirty fifth studio album in forty five years and his first new album in four years. It is also a return to the celebrated Blue Note jazz label for which he recorded the critically acclaimed "What's Wrong With This Picture?" The good news is that his latest album deserves equal acclaim. Although the usual musical elements of celtic soul, blues, rock and jazz are evident it is the latter that dominates the set.

Recorded in Belfast with a six piece band the album was produced by Van and all ten songs were written by him. The lyrics are linked to a common theme - materialism and greed and the devastating effect that they have on society. On the lovely, lilting "Going Down To Monte Carlo", with Van also playing piano and alto sax, he observes:

"Sartre said that hell is other people, I believe that most of them are".

But, the grumpiness aside, this is a beautifully realised album with superb musicianship which is perfectly displayed in the compelling "Close Enough For Jazz".

Van's production makes the sound of Hammond organ, electric guitar, tenor sax, trumpet, piano, trombone and drums warm and blissful as he swings through some of his best songs in years. Yes, he is famously curmudgeonly and a serial complainer but when he can write and perform music as inspired as this he can surely be forgiven.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 days ago by Hedley
5.0 out of 5 stars No great surprises, just great music from Van the Man!
If you enjoy Van's music, you'll enjoy this.
Published 25 days ago by terry symonds
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect performances from Van
Van the Man is back to doing what he does best - beautiful, complex songs with beautiful complex tunes. I loved it at first hearing and love it more each time I listen.
Published 2 months ago by Sharplady
4.0 out of 5 stars Always waiting for the next
What about Van the man? I'm always waiting for a new record. He fills my musical tastes: Blues, rock, folk, jazz... He's complete: so now when is it his next plan - C, D, ?
Published 2 months ago by Fernando M. Rodrigues
5.0 out of 5 stars BOOGIE
Like Van's London Roundhouse show tight beautifully rehearsed up tempo real R&B not sleazy dilute soul but R&R.
Why do they call that R&B?
Published 4 months ago by Mr. S. M. C. Mendoza
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift for husband
He has it in the car and says its great driving music. I bought as a present for his Birthday.
Published 7 months ago by C Whiting
5.0 out of 5 stars Supoib
Van Morrison working his blues/soul magic. Big band and small group ambience alike handled with mastery. Lyrics are sardonic and not dictated by the necessity of rhyme. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Derek Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on
As a grumpy old git approaching 60 I can only empathise with another grumpy old git and share the sentiment of this offering from one of my heroes who is incapable of singing a bum... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Where does he keep finding them
Another Van Morrison CD (I have them all) I'm not going to say that its his best but it is still good and another milestone in Van Morrison's timeless career.
Published 11 months ago by Joe55
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to form
Very simply, if you like Van (like I do) you will like this album.
Mellow and magical are the best way to describe it.
Published 13 months ago by Barry Spall
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