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Inarticulate Speech of the Heart

Van MorrisonAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 29, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002KYV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,777 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Higher Than The World
2. Connswater
3. River Of Time
4. Celtic Swing
5. Rave On, John Donne
6. Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart No. 1
7. Irish Heartbeat
8. The Street Only Knew Your Name
9. Cry For Home
10. Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart No. 2
11. September Night

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rave On, Van Morrison! August 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
As with several other Van Morrison albums, I first became aware of this album when I was living outside London in the early 1980s, and quickly became a re-confirmed Van Morrison fan. No one has a wider range of styles, interpretations, and abilities than Van, and he puts all of his eclectic talents to use here. From the opening "Higher Than The World" to the finals strains of the lovely instrumental "September Night", Morrison evokes a provocative journey into the mystic interiors within his heart. Along the way, Morrison shows why he has so confounded fans and critics for the last three decades. This album was part of his evolution into a new, less popular, but much more mature musical style, or styles, since Morrison is so multi-faceted in his approach to each song that it is hard to describe his musical tastes, uses of instruments or arrangements that he has to be heard across a number of albums to recognize common and recurring themes or approaches.
There is much to appreciate and enjoy here, from the haunting "Connswater" to the lilting "Celtic Swing", from the title cut of "Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart"' to the Irish recollection found in a memorable "Irish Heartbeat". There are several instrumentals here, and they do much to provide the atmospherics for the mood of the album. My own favorite of the album is the aforementioned "Irish Heartbeat' as well as the rap-like "Rave On, John Donne", an interesting and unusual chanted survey of the contemporary intellectual scene. When you hear an accomplished poet and lyricist like Morrison show you what rap could be, you realize just how prosaic and amateurish most of what passes as rap really is. Morrison later revved up his career with the blockbuster "Avalon Sunset" album later in the 80s.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DEEPLY SPIRITUAL MUSIC July 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Van Morrison's softer side is revealed here and his R&B excursions are nowhere to be found. The lovely ballad Higher Than The World opens this album of mellow music and high spirituality and is followed by the beautiful instrumental Connswater. River Of Time sort of drifts along but Celtic Swing is stunning, another splendid instrumental with a foot tapping rhythm and evocative wind instruments. Rave On, John Donne is a tour de force in which Morrison mentions a long list of visionary artists of the last two centuries, a very powerful song in which I suppose he lists those writers with whom he feels a certain spiritual affinity. He even mentions the Rosy Cross, Theosophy and the Golden Dawn! Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart No. 1 is a flowing instrumental with outstanding piano and just a hint of ethereal backing vocals, whilst Irish Heartbeat is a tender, achingly beautiful ballad, almost like a lullaby. The Street Only Knew Your Name is a mid tempo rocker where Van does some of his characteristic vocalising. Cry For Home is another tuneful ballad with a lilting rhythm, whilst Inarticulate Speech No. 2 has Van's vocals that are missing in the first version and some great lyrics too. The album concludes with another semi-instrumental with ethereal backing vocals and wordless vocalising, the slow and winding September Night. This deeply spiritual album forms a cohesive whole. It may not be amongst Morrison's best, but true fans will love it for its melodic simplicity and stately elegance.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful and lilting: my favorite Van Morrison ever February 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my "ten CDs for a desert island" albums: I've been in love with it since it came out in the mid-Eighties. It's aged well, too. Van definitely explores his mystical side here: he's a strong poet and singer.

Aside from his beautiful vocals, which are masterful as usual, there are several instrumental pieces on this recording. Back-up singers (gorgeous, full-voiced women) supply uncommon depth; the dreamy piano and guitar, breathy saxophone, and delicate bass work make this (honestly) the best "lie in bed all day Sunday with your lover" music I can think of.

It's an exquisite recording. I can't count the number of friends I've gifted with it. It's deep, and it's broad.

To quote him, "I'm just wild about it. I can't live without it" (the inarticulate speech of the heart).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enduring Favorite September 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I too have been listening to Inarticulate Speech of the Heart for over 15 years. I have both LP and CD versions and enjoy both. While I have a number of Van Morrison works, ISOTH continues to be my all-time favorite and I never tire of it. If I were stranded on an island and could only have 10 CD's to listen to for the rest of my life, ISOTH would be on my list and probably near or at the top. If you don't own this work, get it - you will not be disappointed. You will hear somethine new everytime you listen to it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inarticulate, but eloquent May 12, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Like a potpourri of heady wildflower petals, this intoxicating CD offers a variety of sensual pleasures--bits of Celtic soul intermixed with poetic ramblings and downright funky rock & roll. Glorious lead vocals from Van and a choir of angelic gospel backup singers articulate brilliantly the often unspeakable message of the human heart, and the music is pure, undiluted joy.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and inspiring music for a rainy day September 23, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD is one the gems of Van Morrison's work. Inarticulate Speech of the Heart is music that can make you warm inside on a cold, rainy day. The music is sensual and imaginitive (for me it recalls fond memories of the time when I lived in Ireland). I bought ISOTH almost 15 years ago as an LP which I still play regularly on my old record player. I'm still considering whether to buy the CD-version. The sound of a CD has a different feel to it, but I think the warmth comes out just as much as on LP even though the CD sound is somehow 'smoother'. The softly crackling and spluttering LP with its own 'atmosphere' is no longer available of course. If you are looking for a sparkling and initimate music that gets hold of your heart and soul (the same song is also on the CD), this is IT (if you didn't buy the LP version 15 years ago <g>). This music is worth every dime, a MUST-BUY.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inarticulate Speech of the Heart
Another of Vans finest, put forth from his heart. Another gem from a warm tender man 'not just music but communication from the soul. Great one Van!
Published 7 months ago by Kevin N. Basden
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.
This album brought my admiration for Van Morrison to an entirely new height. Wonderful, mellow, great for summertime, or any time.
Published 11 months ago by Leslie Staples
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
I have loved this album for years and had lost my old cassette. I am so happy to have it to enjoy again.
Published 13 months ago by John Hayden
3.0 out of 5 stars 1983 album signals VantheMan's shift in direction
This has always struck me as a cross-over album. Leading to "No Guru" and "Poetic Champions"-leaving behind the more pop and American west coast feel albums. Read more
Published 13 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
4.0 out of 5 stars Articulate Talent
Class Van... He digs deep in his emotions and brings them out in a slow moan. River of Time speaks to me.
Published 16 months ago by firemc2
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Morrison /Inarticulate Speech of The Heart
I own most of Van's Music. My favorite will & always be "At The Movies" but I cannot say enough about Van. This CD is a pleasure to listen to. Read more
Published 16 months ago by cactasJR
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure inspiration!
This CD is a replacement for one I wore out. I love this phase of Van Morrison's music. This CD never fails to inspire me or bring me to tears. Glad to have it back!
Published 16 months ago by Night Skipper
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Gift
I bought this as a Christmas present for my father. He's a big fan and it arrived in great condition.
Published 17 months ago by Moriah Amerson
2.0 out of 5 stars jn
Not a real big fan of this album , and I am the biggest fan of Van Morrison, to much about just the intruments there are a couple of good songs though, so i will always have to... Read more
Published 19 months ago by jill
5.0 out of 5 stars sheer magic
Honestly, I think this is one of the very best albums that Van Morrison ever recorded, and yet it slipped under the radar at the time of its release and still doesn't seem to get... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
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