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Hymns to the Silence

Van MorrisonAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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The subtitle of Van Morrison's new album, Born to Sing: No Plan B, indicates the power that music still holds for this living legend. "No Plan B means this is not a rehearsal," says Morrison. "That’s the main thing—it’s not a hobby, it’s real, happening now, in real time."

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  • Audio CD (September 24, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: September 24, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000001G1B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,622 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Professional Jealousy
2. I'm Not Feeling It Anymore
3. Ordinary Life
4. Some Peace Of Mind
5. So Complicated
6. I Can't Stop Loving You
7. Why Must I Always Explain
8. Village Idiot
9. See Me Through Pt. II
10. Take Me Back
Disc: 2
1. By His Grace
2. All Saints Day
3. Hymns To The Silence
4. On Hyndford Street
5. Be Thou My Vision
6. Carrying A Torch
7. Green Mansions
8. Pagan Streams
9. Quality Street
10. It Must Be You
See all 11 tracks on this disc

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Audio CD.

Described aptly in the liner notes as a "panoramic view of where he's been and where he's going," this weighty double-disc captures Van in all of the guises he adopted in the 1980s and early '90s. There are several devotional pieces, a couple of splendid rants ("Professional Jealousy" and "Why Must I Always Explain"), two collaborations with the Chieftains, and jazzy swingers driven by Georgie Fame's organ. The real heart of the album is Van's evocation of his childhood in lyrics and arrangements that capture the joys of discovering rock & roll while growing up in Belfast amid that city's conflicting passions. There are several high points for connoisseurs of his stream-of-consciousness lyrical rambles, notably "On Hyndford Street" and "Take Me Back." As an album, the mood swings too dramatically to be coherent, but in its individual parts there is evidence of true genius. --Rob Stewart

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hymns From the Master December 28, 1999
By Ed
Format:Audio CD
What a wonderful album to have. All of Morrison's eclectic tastes can be found here, delivered with a sparkling production clarity befitting this grand tenor.
"Take me back", "Need your kind of loving" and "Ordinary Life" are solid rock standards of guitar and barrel house piano. "Be Thou My Vision" and "See me Through" are beautifully rendered gospel hymns with an Irish twist. "I'm carrying a torch" is an aching love ballad. "Hyndford Street" and "Pagan Streams" are autobiographic spoken verse sonnets delivered in Morrison's delightful Ulster brougue. "Quality Street" and "All Saints Day" are such charming pop hooks that they seem to be derived from a by-gone era of Gershwin. All throughout, the set is accompanied ably on Hammond organ by the fluid Georgie Fame and the sensuous saxophone of Candy Dulpher.
Van Morrison has a wealth of recorded material to choose from, with varying degrees of consistency, but this album spans the radiance of his talents of songwriting and arrangement in such a concise manner that his elusive muse could ever allow. His voice has grown fuller with age. This is a mature work that I would endorse to anyone seeking a primer on this great man's career.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INSPIRATIONAL MASTERPIECE June 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Hymns To The Silence is an opus magnum where Morrison's talent reaches awesome new heights. The album impresses on many levels: the lyrical ingenuity, melodic beauty, intelligent arrangements and above all the expert mastery of many different musical styles, including country, folk, soul, rock and gospel.
Although every track is memorable and tuneful, my favourites include I'm Not Feeling It Anymore with its galloping rhythms and flowing melody, the rocking Ordinary Life, a wry observation on life, the jaunty, jazzy So Complicated and the beautiful authentic country song I Can't Stop Loving You.
Very personal observations like Professional Jealousy and Why Must I Always Explain have more of the folky feel about them, especially the second one with its hypnotic melody line. Perhaps the greatest moment is Be Thou My Vision, an extraordinarily powerful hymn that is one of this artist's best descriptions of spiritual ecstasy.
In this regard, the title track is gripping too, but more subdued and restrained, creating a feeling of awe. See Me Through (Just A Closer Walk With Thee) is also very moving but a more traditional slice of gospel and it reminds me of Astral Weeks. The soulful song Take Me Back with its wistful harmonica likewise has a touch of that great album.
Hymns To The Silence is an uplifting work of genius on a par with Astral Weeks, Moondance and Tupelo Honey but provides greater variety than any of them. Every track here has some special quality and the alternating musical styles make it a wonderful and inspiring listening experience.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best of Van September 3, 2002
By patty
Format:Audio CD
This is my Friday night after work music, my
Saturday night party music, and my quiet Sunday
morning music rolled into one. Yes, I too,
never get tired of the second cd. Hymns to the
Silence and Carrying a Torch are beautiful. I even
like Village Idiot alot. The clips they chose
are so questionable. Get this Van and open
a nice red wine. It's his best.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STARS, IN SPITE OF 3 OR 4 WEAK TRACKS November 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Oddly enough, I didn't pay Van Morrison too much attention while I was growing up in the late 60's and early 70's. I knew his many hits well, enjoyed them, but never really delved into him. I was mainly into the rambling progressive rock of that era. As I entered my early 30's, I found myself with a copy of "Avalon Sunset" and realized what I'd been missing all those years. This double disc set came out in the Fall of 91. Public radio was playing it often and I just had to hear more. Though it swings too wildly between moods to have a sustained flow to it, it contains what I feel are some of the best songs he'd written since "Moondance". Every style he had ever done up to this point is covered, not rehashed. His reading of "I Can't Stop Loving You" with The Chieftains is priceless. It ranks right up there with Ray Charles splendid version. The first disc is the stronger of the two, but the second one isn't a slouch either. "On Hyndford Street" is an incredible spoken word reverie set to ambient electronic sounds. The mood he evokes there is incredible. The second disc also has "Carrying A Torch" which is one of the most heartfelt ballads he's ever penned.
There's another spoken word piece called "Pagan Streams", but it falls a bit short as does his version of the hymn, "Be Thou My Vision". In spite of a few short commings, this disc holds a special place in my heart as it's overall spiritual tone hepled get me through a very difficult few months in my life, after the sudden death of my partner of eight years at the hands of two car theives in Detroit.
If you're not too familiar with Morrison's work, I'd recomend this beacuse it covers so much musical territory.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
To name just a few descriptive words . . .
When I first bought this album, "Brown Eyed Girl" was about the extent of my VM knowledge. Boy did I learn a lesson: Van the Man has so much more depth than Brown Eyed Girl displays . . .
Van takes us through an incredible journey of soul, gospel, blues, jazz, Celtic, and meditative music. The only element that remains constant throughout is that beautiful voice in the foreground . . .
Listen to this CD as you are trying to fall asleep. Gems like "Take me Back" will surely transport you to a time or place in your life where there are no such things as "problems." The title track is soothingly angelic, followed immediately by "Hynford Street," which is more a poetry reading than a song, but incredibly moody. It must be an autobiographical piece about his childhood, and his fond memories will certainly transpire to your own fond memories.
"Carrying a Torch" "It Must be You" "I Need Your Kind of Loving" are heart-wrenchingly romantic pieces . . ."Some Peace of Mind" and "So Complicated" a little on the jazzy side. . all other songs have some merit to them, but I won't go through all 22 of them. Get the album and find out for yourself!
Okay, enough raving . . .I think I'd like to go listen to the album!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
Published 1 month ago by Bill Tobin, Ph.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is his very best music. I bought it when it first came ...
This is his very best music. I bought it when it first came out and then lost it in a move. Hated to buy it again - but its well worth it.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Van Morrison's poetic peaceful Hymns to the Silence. He has wisdom that benefits us all.
Published 3 months ago by Lisa Null
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Van Morrison.
I had the cassette of 'Hymns' ,long since gone. I am a happy camper once again! I love the Man's music !
Published 4 months ago by Jesse C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Morrison Great CD
Couldn't have expected more. Great CD! Arrived on time & have been enjoying it since! Had no idea he was so creative.
Published 5 months ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars collectors item
it was a collectors item that i missed...
and i like the spiritual side of Van here very much...
you can hear the silence....
Published 6 months ago by Louis Pool
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD!
I have been wanting this CD for a long time. I kept looking for one for a good price and I finally found it! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joanne Hockenbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Morrison at his best!!!
Arguably one of Van Morrison's finest CD collections. Two CDs with a fusion of Rock n Roll, Folk & Blues. "Hymns to the silence" is a deep and meaningful blues track. Read more
Published 11 months ago by greco-roman
1.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete!!
Only got one CD! Did not get the second one, which is the ONLY reason I ordered it in the first place! Replace or double my refund! This is NOT Goodwill!
Published 12 months ago by Dakota
5.0 out of 5 stars good
I see amazon as a great source for my retail needs and that's it as far as this goes for murchandice
Published 15 months ago by Raymond S Rainey
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