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Personnel: Van Morrison (vocals, guitar, harmonica, alto saxophone); Mick Cox (guitar); Martin Drover (trumpet, flugelhorn); Neil Drinkwater (piano, synthesizer); Steve Bearce (bass); Roy Jones (drums, percussion); Paul Ridout (programming); June Boyce (background vocals).

Digitally remastered by Ian Cooper (Metropolis Mastering, London, England).

With as self-explanatory a title as this, it seems there's little need to elaborate. For what it's worth, this is Morrison at the height of his '80s spiritual phase, and he delves deeply and poignantly into the twin rivers of theology and mysticism. Ever the spiritual nomad, Morrison's worldview combines his Catholic upbringing with the Buddhism that was a key element of the Beat writers who were among his early inspirations. Thus, we have Morrison waxing reverential like some blues-driven preacher on the redemptive "Did Ye Get Healed?" and digging deeper into the mystic on "Alan Watts Blues," whose title refers to the Buddhism-based British author/philosopher. Typical of his recordings from this period, Morrison shies away from his R&B roots in favor of a kind of Celtic/New Age/Pop amalgam. And it's only a musical master as adept as Morrison that's capable of making such a confluence intriguing.

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Spanish Steps
  2. Mystery, The
  3. Queen Of The Slipstream
  4. I Forgot That Love Existed
  5. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
  6. Celtic Excavation
  7. Someone Like You
  8. Alan Watts Blues
  9. Give Me My Rapture
  10. Did Ye Get Healed?
  11. Allow Me
Release date Australia
July 14th, 1998
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