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Van Morrison Pay The Devil

Van Morrison Pay The Devil
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Van Morrison
Pay The Devil

CD | 2006
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1.  There Stands The GlassRealPlayerWindows Media Player
2.  Half As MuchRealPlayerWindows Media Player
3.  Things Have Gone To PiecesRealPlayerWindows Media Player
4.  Big Blue DiamondsRealPlayerWindows Media Player
5.  PlayhouseRealPlayerWindows Media Player
6.  Your Cheatin' HeartRealPlayerWindows Media Player
7.  Don't You Make Me HighRealPlayerWindows Media Player
8.  My Bucket's Got A Hole In ItRealPlayerWindows Media Player
9.  Back Street AffairRealPlayerWindows Media Player
10.  Pay The DevilRealPlayerWindows Media Player
11.  What Am I Living For?RealPlayerWindows Media Player
12.  This Has Got To StopRealPlayerWindows Media Player
13.  Once A DayRealPlayerWindows Media Player
14.  More And MoreRealPlayerWindows Media Player
15.  Till I Gain Control AgainRealPlayerWindows Media Player
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  Album Description  
Personnel: Van Morrison (vocals, acoustic guitar); Johnny Scott, Mick Green (guitar); Paul Godden (steel guitar); Bob Loveday (violin); Cavin Wright, Fiachra Trench (strings); Geraint Watkins (piano); Ian Jennings (double bass); Paul Riley (electric bass); Bobby Irwin (drums).

Over the course of his remarkable career, Van Morrison has ranged so widely across the musical map that it's not exactly a surprise to hear him settling down for a straightforward American roots effort. PAY THE DEVIL, released in 2006 on the Lost Highway label, finds Morrison abandoning any remaining mystical Celtic trappings to tip his hat to the country music of the 1940s and '50s. The arrangements are appropriately spare, with fiddle, steel and acoustic guitar, bass, and drums propping up most of the songs, while strings and backing vocals flesh things out on occasion.

There are three Morrison originals and a handful of songs popularized by Hank Williams ("Your Cheatin' Heart" and "Half As Much," among them) and Webb Pierce ("There Stands the Glass" and "Back Street Affair"), but the selections are all of a piece, sounding as though they're being transmitted from a Nashville barroom of yore. Morrison's voice doesn't have the elasticity it once did, but there's a textured world-weariness, perfectly suited for these songs, that lets listeners know he's still the man.

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  Album Information  
Muze #612098
Release Date03/07/2006
GenreRock & Pop
LabelLost Highway Records
DistributorUniversal Distribution
Country of OriginUSA
ProducerVan Morrison
PriceAvailable from 3 Vendors
Catalog Number0005968
Original Release Year2006
# of Discs1
Studio / LiveStudio
Mono / StereoStereo
See AlsoLinda G. Lewis/Van Morrison, Them (60's)

Rolling Stone (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[W]hen he sings 'My Bucket's Got a Hole in It,' he finds the same fertile territory that Hank Williams Sr. did, balancing between a quotidian complaint and Sisyphean dread."

Mojo (p.p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's a country album and it's good. Good Van Morrison and good country. Maybe the best country by an old master from outside the genre since Leonard Cohen tackled the Tennessee Waltz."

Uncut (p.96) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "PAY THE DEVIL is a kind of prodigal's return, combining three fine originals with superlative interpretations of songs made famous by Hank Williams, George Jones, Webb Pierce and Conway Twitty."

Dirty Linen (p.93) - "Van Morrison tackles country and Western music with 15 tracks and a heart full of Celtic soul."

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