On this batch of 14 new original compositions, Morrison mines his soul/R&B influences on the title track Early Days, and Up On Broadway refers to the music that inspired him as a teenager in Dublin. The gentle, bluesy You Don’t Understand Me – which reminds me musically of Bob Dylan’s Ballad Of A Thin Man, with lines such as “You can’t trust human nature” – and the cautionary Read Between The Lines were more than likely inspired by chapters in Morrison’s book of life.
The album features guest appearances from legendary guitarist Jay Berliner who played on Morrison’s Astral Weeks album, and singer Bill Medley, formerly of The Righteous Brothers, who provides vocals harmonies on Fame Will Eat The Soul.
Three Chords and the Truth by Van Morrison is out October 25 via Caroline.
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