Legacy Recordings Acquires Catalog of Music Legend Van Morrison, Spanning More than 50 Years of Music

Friday, August 28, Legacy Recordings will release the Essential Van Morrison, a 37-track career-spanning anthology, available digitally and as a 2CD physical album. (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

Friday, August 28, Legacy Recordings will release the Essential Van Morrison, a 37-track career-spanning anthology, available digitally and as a 2CD physical album. (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

Most Complete Van Morrison Archive Ever Assembled Encompasses 50 Albums, Videos and Compilations, including Van’s Solo Recordings from 1971-Present and Early Work with Seminal ’60s Rock Band Them

Planned New Releases include Compilations, Deluxe Legacy Editions and a Full Catalog Digital Rollout

33 Van Morrison Album Titles to Be Available Digitally & Through All Streaming Services Beginning, Friday, August 28

“Essential Van Morrison” Collection Available as Digital and 2 CD Physical Releases on Friday, August 28

NEW YORK, Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has acquired the rights to the most complete discography of contemporary music legend Van Morrison ever assembled under one label imprint.

The Van Morrison musical acquisition spans more than 50 years of music, encompassing some 50 album, video and compilation titles from 1964 to the present. The new Legacy Van Morrison archive includes all of Morrison’s solo works from 1971 to the present as well as the recordings made with the groundbreaking rock band Them from 1964 through 1966.

33 Van Morrison album titles will be made available as digital releases and through all streaming services beginning Friday, August 28.

That same day, Friday, August 28, Legacy Recordings will release the Essential Van Morrison, a 37-track career-spanning anthology, available digitally and as a 2CD physical album.

Later this year, Van Morrison’s early recordings as the singer, frontman and principal songwriter for the seminal band Them will be available on Legacy Recordings.

In the upcoming months, Legacy will launch the label’s ongoing Van Morrison library release project with new compilations, deluxe Legacy Editions of classic album titles and a digital rollout of the full Van Morrison catalog.

Most of the Van Morrison catalog has never been available for streaming and many titles have long been unavailable online through iTunes or other DSPs. Much of the catalog has been out-of-print in any format, with some titles being unavailable for as long as 15 years.

Forthcoming new Van Morrison releases on the Legacy label will include a new career-spanning single CD compilation and deluxe Legacy Editions of classic Van Morrison solo albums: Saint Dominic’s Preview, It’s Too Late to Stop Now, Hard Nose the Highway and Enlightenment.

A half century’s worth of recordings, endlessly innovative and unique in the annals of rock and pop music, Van Morrison’s discography incorporates elements of blues, jazz, folk, gospel, skiffle, pop, soul and R&B to create a sound and sensibility immediately identifiable as Van the Man’s. One of the most fascinating and uncompromising artists of the rock and roll era, Van Morrison brought Northern Irish soul to the world as one of the most transcendent singers, writers and performers to ever grace a stage or recording studio.

“Van Morrison is one of the great singers, performers and musical artists in the history of recorded music,” said Adam Block, President, Legacy Recordings. “He continues to touch the hearts and souls of millions with the emotional power and spiritual truths of his songs. Legacy Recordings is proud to partner with Van to help him protect and curate his astounding catalog and to be given the opportunity to bring his music to whole new generations of fans around the world.”

Inspired at an early age by Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Lead Belly and Solomon Burke, the Belfast-born Morrison was just 18 when he joined the R&B combo Them in 1964. Known for spontaneous, energetic performances, Them represented the Northern Irish element of the 1960s British Invasion, breaking into the pantheon with the indelible “Gloria,” presaging punk with an anthem subsequently covered by The Doors, Patti Smith and many others.

Van began his solo career with a Top 10 pop smash, the radio perennial “Brown Eyed Girl,” but soon moved in compelling new directions. He boldly crossed numerous musical genres in the decades that followed, investigating country music (Pay The Devil, 2006), jazz (What’s Wrong with This Picture?, 2003), New Orleans R&B (Into The Music, 1979), traditional Celtic folk (Irish Heartbeat, with The Chieftains, 1988) and straight-ahead rock (Days Like This, 1995), among many others.

Morrison’s first recording for RCA Records, 2015’s Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue featured collaborations with Steve Winwood, Mark Knopfler, Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal, Michael Buble and others on new versions of hidden gems from his multi-faceted discography.

Tracks from Van Morrison’s discography have been consistently licensed for film and television with notable examples including”Into The Mystic” in the film Patch Adams, “Days Like This” in As Good As It Gets and Them’s “Gloria” in The Outsiders.

Legacy Recording’s new Van Morrison deal covers studio and live recordings released from 1971 to the present, as well as all his recordings with Them. Combined with Morrison’s solo debut Blowin’ Your Mind, which features “Brown Eyed Girl,” Legacy’s holdings encompass the largest Van Morrison musical archive ever assembled.

Van Morrison has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1993) and the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2003) and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.

Winner of a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music (1994), Van Morrison holds six Grammy Awards (1996-2007) and an Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement (1995).

Morrison has been named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (2004, #42), 100 Greatest Singers of All Time (2008, #24) and 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time (2015, #22). Van the Man has two albums on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and four songs–including “Brown Eyed Girl” (#109) and “Gloria” (with Them) (#208)–on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

An internationally successful artist with chart-topping hits on both sides of the Atlantic, Van Morrison has six gold and three platinum/multiplatinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America.  In the UK alone, Van has charted with more than 20 Top 20 albums, including an astounding 13 titles placed in the Top 10.

On Friday, June 12, 2015, Van Morrison was awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II during her annual Birthday Honours celebration. Newly-titled Sir George Ivan Morrison, the artist received the United Kingdom’s highest individual honor for his “services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland.”

“Throughout my career I have always preferred to let my music speak for me, and it is a huge honor to now have that body of work recognized in this way,” said Van Morrison in a statement given in response to the news, reported the BBC.

On June 18, Morrison received the Johnny Mercer Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala in New York City.

Van Morrison will celebrate his 70th birthday on August 31, 2015 with “Van Morrison: Live on Cyprus Avenue,” two concert performances serving as part of the closing event of the Belfast EastSide Arts Festival 2015.

Van Morrison Material included under Legacy Recordings Auspices

Them
The Angry Young Them / Them (1965)
Them Again (1966)
Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation, 1972)
The Story of Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation, 1997)

Van Morrison
Available Digitally and Streaming on Friday, August 28

St. Dominic’s Preview (1972)
Hard Nose the Highway (1973)
It’s Too Late to Stop Now (Live) (1974)
Veedon Fleece (1974)
A Period of Transition (1977)
Wavelength (1978)
Into the Music (1979)
Common One (1980)
Beautiful Vision (1982)
Inarticulate Speech of the Heart (1983)
Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast (Live) (1984)
A Sense of Wonder (1984)
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1984)
Poetic Champions Compose (1987)
Irish Heartbeat (w/the Chieftains) (1988)
Avalon Sunset (1989)
Enlightenment (1990)
Hymns to the Silence (1991)
Too Long in Exile (1993)
A Night in San Francisco (Live) (1994)
Days Like This (1995)
How Long Has This Been Going On? (1995)
Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison (1996)
The Healing Game (1997)
The Philosopher’s Stone (2CD outtakes compilation, 1998)
Back on Top (1999)
The Skiffle Sessions: Live in Belfast (Live) (2000)
Down the Road (2002)
What’s Wrong with This Picture? (2003)
Magic Time (2005)
Pay the Devil (2006)
Keep it Simple (2008)
Astral Weeks “Live at the Hollywood Bowl” (Live) (2009)

All albums credited to Exile Productions, Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment.

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Hollywood Vampires Announce Rare Performances

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ROXY SHOWS AND ROCK IN RIO

DUFF MCKAGAN AND MATT SORUM WILL JOIN TOURING BAND

PARTNERSHIP WITH STARKEY HEARING FOUNDATION

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In 1972, on the Sunset Strip at a club called the Rainbow Bar & Grill, the Hollywood Vampires were born in the upstairs bar.  It was a gathering place for rock stars living in or passing through L.A.  “To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members,” says Alice Cooper, a founding member of the Vampires.  “I would walk in on a typical night,” Alice says, “and John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon—who would usually be in a costume like a maid or a chauffeur—Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz would be there. The next week might be Bernie Taupin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz.”

Now, returning to where it once began, the Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry) have announced today two shows at the notorious Sunset Strip music venue, The Roxy.  This will mark the Hollywood Vampires’ only U.S. appearances on September 16 and 17, and will surely be the most sought after ticket in town. Joining the Hollywood Vampires live will be Matt Sorum on drums, Duff McKagan on bass, Tommy Henriksen on guitar, and Bruce Witkin on piano and guitar. Tickets are on sale on August 14 for the September 16 show at http://ticketf.ly/1EdJvSI and September 17 show at http://ticketf.ly/1W5TvIT.

Additionally on September 24, in what will be their only international appearance, the band will head to Brazil for “Rock in Rio.” Before that show, the band will partner with Starkey Hearing Foundation, an organization that has provided more than 1.8 million free hearing aids to people in need in more than 100 countries, to offer and fit hearing aids to more than 150 people in need.  After the hearing aid fittings, the Hollywood Vampires and Starkey Hearing Foundation will bring a number of individuals to the show so they can hear music for the first time in their lives.

“Hearing connects us to life, our families and to the world around us,” said Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation. “It’s a precious gift, and we are excited to work with the Hollywood Vampires to introduce so many to the world of sound and help them hear music for the first time.”

Three years ago, Alice and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking).  An environment for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. The Hollywood Vampires live again with the release of the Hollywood Vampires new album.  Alice and Johnny were joined by Joe Perry, who is an old friend of both of them, and with producer Bob Ezrin, the recording began: a tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires.  The new album is set to be released on September 11 and all artist proceeds will be donated to MusiCares.

About Starkey Hearing Foundation

Starkey Hearing Foundation uses hearing as a vehicle to reflect caring and change lives around the world. Disabling hearing loss affects more than 360 million people, including 32 million children, worldwide, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that can help them. As a member of Clinton Global Initiative, Starkey Hearing Foundation has pledged to provide more than one million hearing aids to people in need this decade and currently gives more than 175,000 hearing aids annually. In addition to giving the gift of hearing through worldwide hearing missions, Starkey Hearing Foundation promotes hearing health awareness and education through the Listen Carefully campaign and provides hearing instruments to low-income Americans through the Hear Now program. Started as the philanthropic effort of Starkey Hearing Technologies, Starkey Hearing Foundation was founded by William F. Austin in 1984. For more information on Starkey Hearing Foundation follow them on Facebook and Twitter, or visit www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

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Chris Cornell To Release Higher Truth September 18, 2015

CHRIS CORNELL TO RELEASE HIGHER TRUTH SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 - "NEARLY FORGOT MY BROKEN HEART" PREMIERES ON BEATS 1 / APPLE MUSIC WITH ZANE LOWE - FIRST SINGLE FROM HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FORTHCOMING ALBUM - "NEARLY FORGOT MY BROKEN HEART" AVAILABLE TODAY (PRNewsFoto/Universal Music Enterprises)

CHRIS CORNELL TO RELEASE HIGHER TRUTH SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 – “NEARLY FORGOT MY BROKEN HEART” PREMIERES ON BEATS 1 / APPLE MUSIC WITH ZANE LOWE – FIRST SINGLE FROM HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FORTHCOMING ALBUM – “NEARLY FORGOT MY BROKEN HEART” AVAILABLE TODAY (PRNewsFoto/Universal Music Enterprises)

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FIRST SINGLE FROM HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FORTHCOMING ALBUM – “NEARLY FORGOT MY BROKEN HEART” AVAILABLE TODAY

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Multiple Grammy® Award-winning, Golden Globe Nominated and acclaimed singer and songwriter Chris Cornell will release his fifth studio album Higher Truth on Friday, September 18, 2015 via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).  Starting today fans can pre-order the deluxe version of the highly anticipated album HERE, which contains four bonus tracks.

Produced by Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Neil Young), Higher Truth showcases Cornell’s constant evolution as a master songwriter, lyricist and musical craftsman – telling human stories, which transcend musical genres.  Inspired by the stark arrangements of musicians like Nick Drake, Daniel Johnston and White Album-era Beatles, Cornell creates a musical universe unlike anything he has done before.

“Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart,” the first single from Higher Truth was premiered on Beats 1 / Apple Music on Tuesday, August 11th with Cornell sitting in on Zane Lowe’s show for a discussion about the new single and album. Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” as an instant download. The lyric video for the song is directed by Josh Graham and beautifully reflects the essence of the song. View it HERE.

Cornell will kick off the Higher Truth acoustic tour on September 17th in Phoenix, AZ crossing North America before winding down on November 2nd in Austin, TX stopping at famed venues like the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Massey Hall in Toronto and more.  A full list of dates can be found below.

 

HIGHER TRUTH TRACKLISTING

Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
Dead Wishes
Worried Moon
Before We Disappear
Through The Window
Josephine
Murderer Of Blue Skies
Higher Truth
Let Your Eyes Wander
Only These Words
Circling
Our Time In The Universe

Bonus Tracks

Bend In The Road
Wrong Side
Misery Chain
Our Time In The Universe (Remix)

 

Chris Cornell 2015 Solo-Acoustic Tour Dates:

Dates: 

City:

Venue:

9/17/15

Phoenix, AR

Orpheum Theatre

9/18/15

San Diego, CA

Balboa Theatre

9/20/15

Los Angeles, CA

Walt Disney Concert Hall

9/21/15

San Pedro, CA

Warner Grand Theatre

9/23/15

Santa Barbara, CA

Granada Theatre

9/24/15

Santa Rosa, CA

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

9/26/15

Oakland, CA

Paramount Theater

9/27/15

Modesto, CA

Gallo Center for the Arts

9/29/15

Seattle, WA

Benaroya Hall

9/30/15

Vancouver, BC

Orpheum Theatre

10/2/15

Denver, CO

Paramount Theatre 

10/3/15

Salina, KS

Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts

10/5/15

Minneapolis, MN

State Theatre

10/6/15

Chicago, IL

Chicago Theatre

10/8/15

Lakewood, OH

Lakewood Civic Auditorium

10/9/15

Toronto, ON

Massey Hall

10/11/15

Buffalo, NY

University at Buffalo Ctr for the Arts

10/12/15

New Brunswick, NJ

State Theatre

10/14/15

N. Bethesda, MD

Strathmore Music Theatre

10/15/15

Philadelphia, PA

Merriam Theater

10/17/15

Wilkes Barre, PA

Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

10/18/15

New York, NY

Beacon Theatre

10/19/15

New York, NY

Beacon Theatre

10/21/15

Boston, MA

Shubert Theater

10/23/15

Wilmington, DE

Grand Opera House

10/24/15

York, PA

Strand Capitol Perf. Arts Ctr

10/26/15

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Symphony Hall

10/27/15

Nashville, TN

Ryman Auditorium

10/29/15

Miami, FL

The Knight Concert Hall

10/30/15

Saint Petersburg, FL

Mahaffey Theater

11/1/15

Dallas, TX

The Majestic Theatre

11/2/15

Austin, TX

ACL Live @ The Moody Theater

 

Chris Cornell:

Chris Cornell is a modern icon who transcends genre.  He was the chief architect of the 90s grunge movement and remains one of the most iconic rock voices of all time.  Achieving multi-platinum success with three legendary bands – selling over 30 million records worldwide – he has forged his own unique identity over three decades as a Grammy award-winning, Golden Globe nominated singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer and lyricist.  His career began with Seattle trailblazers Soundgarden, whose wild soundscapes combined visceral punk attitude with artistic depth. Powerfully original, they were the first of their generation of Seattle bands to sign to a major label in 1989 and their work continued to evolve over the course of seven groundbreaking albums. Soundgarden made a historic return to the live stage in 2010 and have since toured the world, releasing the all-new studio album, KING ANIMALto widespread acclaim.

Cornell has continually redefined his sound and vision.  In 1990, side project Temple of the Dog saw him experiment with a more soulful style alongside the future members of Pearl Jam. Later in the decade, his critically acclaimed solo album EUPHORIA MORNING combined lush melody and instrumentation with lyrics which spoke of alienation and despair. And as the millennium turned, he joined with three other musical pioneers from Rage Against the Machine to create supergroup Audioslave. The multi-platinum band released three albums and toured stadiums around the world, becoming the first American rock group to perform a massive free concert in Castro’s Cuba.  Cornell has also collaborated with many different artists, most recently the Zac Brown Band on their single “Heavy Is The Head”, which peaked at #1 on rock radio in the US.

His soundtrack work has spanned both big budget and independent cinema. He was the first male American artist to write and perform the theme song for a James Bond movie (“You Know My Name” for Casino Royale).  With Soundgarden, he wrote the end title song “Live To Rise” for The Avengers, the 3rd highest grossing film of all time.  He duetted with Joy Williams on his song “Misery Chain” which appeared on the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave and his song “The Keeper” from Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2012.

Cornell’s recent solo acoustic ‘Songbook’ tour attracted sellout crowds and critical acclaim worldwide.  Jim Farber of the New York Daily News observed, “sometimes you don’t recognize the full power of a voice until you strip everything away from it.”  The tour’s reinterpretations of classic Cornell songs are featured on his 2011 live album of the same name.

Cornell will reissue his first solo album Euphoria Mourning (with original title) on August 14th. The album will be remastered and re-released for vinyl for the first time.

Cornell has also become involved in philanthropy, using music to support causes that help foster change.  The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation is currently raising funds and partnering with charitable organizations to mobilize support for children facing problems including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.

www.chriscornell.com

www.facebook.com/chriscornell

www.twitter.com/chriscornell

www.youtube.com/officialchriscornell

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