VAN MORRISON’S team tell us that the Irish icon will be releasing a new album – his 45th studio set – on November 3rd. The LP is ‘Accentuate The Positive’ and it’s the follow up to last year’s ‘Moving On Skiffle’ album. Musically, it’s a logical, stylistic follow up too. You see the last album was (obviously) a skiffle set and this newie is a rock and roll collection – R&R being the musical genre that in some ways grew out of and succeeded skiffle as the popular music of choice.
‘Accentuate The Positive’ will essentially be a collection of Van’s covers of rock and roll classics like ‘Lucille’, ‘Flip Flop and Fly’ and ‘Shakin’ All Over’ which has just been released as the album heralding single. Guests on the new set include Jeff Beck, Chris Farlowe and Taj Mahal.
Van says: “Rock ‘n’ roll is about simplicity, sincerity and expressive power and there’s no way you can get away from that. That’s why it’s good and that’s why it’s lasted. It’s spirit music.”