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Van Morrison

Under Review 1964-1974 An Independent Critical Analysis DVD

Review by Gary Hill

This series of DVD's is one of the better ones out there. I say that not because of any official participation from the artists, as they generally do not have that. No, the key is that (as the title indicates) these DVD's delve deeply into the music, the art of the performer. They literally take apart the music and analyze what it reflects in terms of the culture and influences. They discuss the mechanics involved in the song writing and the performance. That allows them to essentially go where no other film has gone before in giving a new perspective and understanding of the music of an artist. In this case they turn their eyes on Van Morrison. A phenomenon in England he never had quite the same appeal in the states. That means that this is particularly interesting to US audiences who perhaps know less of his music and his importance. This DVD will go a long ways towards filling in many details and it will also serve to enlighten the more rabid fans. Surety the new understanding will give way to a better appreciation of the works of Morrison. That's what a music documentary should strive to do.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 2 at
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