Culture & Criticism From the Far Distant Realms
Due out on September 18, Glorious Decade chronicles an important and generally under-appreciated period of “Van-the-Man’s” storied career. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Morrison was one of Rock’s shining stars, as albums such as Astral Weeks and Moondance catapulted him to international stardom. And then he disappeared, dissolving into a hiatus that effectively removed him from the consciousness of both critics and fans. When he reappeared, Morrison’s music and delivery was different as he came to explore an array of styles (Gospel, Blues, Jazz and Country), wholly indifferent to the expectations of the audience. Glorious Decade stitches together live and studio footage with interviews from musicians who played with Morrison during the 70s and 80s to create an intimate portrait of this most enigmatic character, filling in the gray areas on the career of one of the great ones.
Reviewed by John Aiello here.