Recording information: Caledonia Studios, San Francisco, California.
By 1973, Van Morrison had shifted out of his easygoing, living-in-the-country phase, and was moving into the kind of artistic searching and willful obscurantism that would mark much of his career for the next decade or so. HARD NOSE THE HIGHWAY is one of the most overlooked of Morrison's '70s albums, partly because it's difficult to categorize a record that moves from gentle, romantic R&B ("Warm Love") to sweeping social observations ("Wild Children") to a cover of a tune best known for being sung by Kermit the Frog ("Bein' Green"). The impressive thing is that--partly due to his enormous artistic gift and partly due to sheer indomitable force of will--Van pulls the whole gambit off beautifully. Nearly every track works on its own, and they all somehow hang together as a whole, creating one of the quirkier chapters in a career that would only grow more pleasingly unpredictable over the next several years.
- Snow In San Anselmo
- Warm Love
- Hard Nose The Highway
- Wild Children
- Great Deception, The
- Bein' Green
- Autumn Song
- Purple Heather - (TRUE instrumental)
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