Van Morrison discography

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Van Morrison discography
Studio albums34
Live albums6
Compilation albums6
Video albums4
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Van Morrison discography
Studio albums34
Live albums6
Compilation albums6
Video albums4

George Ivan Morrison OBE (generally known as Van Morrison) (born 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who has been a professional musician since the late 1950s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. The R&R HOF biography for Morrison describes his music:

His travels have led him down pathways where he's explored soul, jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, rock and roll, Celtic folk, pop balladry, and more, forging a distinctive amalgam that has Morrison's passionate self-expression at its core. With a minimum of hype or fanfare, working with a craftsman's discipline and an artist-mystic's creativity, Morrison has steadily amassed one of the great bodies of recorded work in the 20th century.[1]

Morrison made his first recording playing saxophone on "Boozoo Hully Gully" with the International Monarchs in 1962.[2] His first recording session as lead singer/songwriter with Them was produced by Dick Rowe at Decca's studio. "Don't Start Crying Now" was the first single released and the garage rock classic, "Gloria" was also recorded at this session.[3] "Baby, Please Don't Go" (recorded October 1964) was released November 1964 with "Gloria" as the B-side and was a Top Ten hit in the U.K..[4] "Here Comes the Night" was Them's second hit in 1965, charting at #2 in the UK and #24 in the US.[5]

Morrison had his first recording session as a solo artist for Bang Records in New York City for Bert Berns on 28 March 1966. One of the songs was "Brown Eyed Girl" which charted at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6] Since then he has been on the Billboard album charts a total of 787 weeks by April 2008 (including the Them albums) a total of almost 43 years when his 33rd solo studio album Keep It Simple debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 charts.[7]


Highlights of albums and songs as the lead vocalist and songwriter for the group Them from 1964-1966 include:

Compilation Album:


With Them use the link below.

Studio and live albums[edit]

YearTitleChart positionsCertifications
(sales thresholds)
1967Blowin' Your Mind!
  • Label: Bang
  • Released: September, 1967
  • Format: LP
1968Astral WeeksA140US: Gold
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Released: February, 1970
  • Format:LP
322993619US: 3×Multi-Platinum
His Band and the Street Choir
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Released: 15 November 1970
  • Format:LP
1971Tupelo Honey
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Released: October, 1971
  • Format:LP
27US: Gold
1972Saint Dominic's Preview
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Released: July, 1972
  • Format:LP
1973Hard Nose the Highway
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Released: August, 1973
  • Format:LP
1974It's Too Late to Stop Now (Live)B
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Released: January, 1974
  • Format:LP
16753UK: Silver
Veedon Fleece
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Released: February, 1974
  • Format:LP
415343UK: Silver
1977A Period of Transition
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Released: April, 1977
  • Format:LP
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Released: September, 1978
  • Format:LP
2728509UK: Silver
1979Into the Music
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Released: August, 1979
  • Format:LP
2143331316UK: Silver
1980Common One
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Released: August, 1980
  • Format:LP
1982Beautiful Vision
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Released: February, 1982
  • Format:LP
1983Inarticulate Speech of the Heart
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Released: March, 1983
  • Format:LP, CD
1984Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast (Live)
  • Label: Mercury
  • Released: 1984
  • Format:LP, CD
1985A Sense of Wonder
  • Label: Mercury
  • Released: December, 1984
  • Format:LP, CD
1986No Guru, No Method, No Teacher
  • Label: Mercury
  • Released: July, 1986
  • Format:LP, CD
1987Poetic Champions Compose
  • Label: Mercury
  • Released: September 1987
  • Format:LP, CD
1988Irish Heartbeat
with The Chieftains
  • Label: Mercury
  • Released: June, 1988
  • Format:LP, CD
1989Avalon Sunset
  • Label: Mercury
  • Released: 6 June 1989
  • Format:LP, CD
13918181110UK: Gold

US: Gold

  • Label: Mercury
  • Released: October, 1990
  • Format:LP, CD
56233147UK: Gold
1991Hymns to the Silence
  • Label: Mercury
  • Released: September, 1991
  • Format:LP, CD
59934121210UK: Silver

US: Gold

1993Too Long in Exile
  • Label: Exile/Polydor
  • Released: June, 1993
  • Format:LP, CD
42921329UK: Silver
1994A Night in San Francisco (Live)
  • Label: Polydor
  • Released: May, 1994
  • Format:LP, CD
1995Days Like This
  • Label: Polydor
  • Released: June, 1995
  • Format:LP, CD
53333878UK: Gold

US: Gold

1996How Long Has This Been Going OnC
with (Georgie Fame)
  • Label: Polydor
  • Released: June, 1995
  • Format:LP, CD
Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose AllisonC
  • Label: Polydor
  • Released: October, 1996
  • Format:LP, CD
1997The Healing Game
  • Label: Polydor
  • Released: March, 1997
  • Format:LP, CD
1032296813UK: Silver
1999Back on Top
  • Label: Virgin/Point Blank
  • Released: 9 March 1999
  • Format:LP, CD
112821515UK: Gold

US: Gold

2000The Skiffle Sessions - Live in Belfast 1998
with (Lonnie Donegan and Chris Barber) (Live)
  • Label: Virgin/Point Blank
  • Released: 17 January 2000
  • Format:LP, CD
You Win Again
with (Linda Gail Lewis)
  • Label: Virgin/Point Blank
  • Released: 25 September 2000
  • Format:LP, CD, MD (Exile 7243 8 50258 8 4)
2002Down the Road
  • Label: Polydor
  • Released: May, 2002
  • Format:LP, CD
625138510UK: Silver
2003What's Wrong with This Picture?
  • Label: Blue Note / EMI
  • Released: 21 October 2003
  • Format:LP, CD
2005Magic Time
  • Label: Exile/Polydor
  • Released: 16 May 2005
  • Format:LP, CD
2006Pay the DevilD
  • Label: Exile/Polydor (UK), Lost Highway (US)
  • Released: 7 March 2006
  • Format:LP, CD
2008Keep It Simple
  • Label: Exile/Polydor (UK), Lost Highway (US)
  • Released: 17 March 2008 UK
  • Released: 1 April 2008 US
  • Format:CD
2009Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Live)
  • Label: Listen to the Lion/EMI
  • Released: February 24, 2009 US
  • Format:CD
2012Born to Sing: No Plan B15[14]10[15]2012147

Limited editions[edit]


YearAlbumChart positionNotes
1973T.B. Sheets181181
1982This is Where I Came In
1990The Best of Van Morrison44113369US: 4×Multi-Platinum
UK: Gold
1991Bang Masters
1993The Best of Van Morrison Volume Two31176386
1998The Philosopher's Stone208780171114
2007Van Morrison at the Movies - Soundtrack Hits17351610812UK: Silver
The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3231498947
Still on Top - The Greatest Hits248251431


Videos and DVDs[edit]


YearTitleUS[20]US RockUKNED[21]IRE[22]NZAlbum
1967"Brown Eyed Girl"1/"Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye)"106012Blowin' Your Mind
1967"Ro Ro Rosey"/"Chick-A-Boom"107
1967"Spanish Rose"/"Midnight Special"18
1970"Come Running"/"Crazy Love"39Moondance
1970"Crazy Love"/"Come Running" (NL)
1970"Domino"/"Come Running" (Spain)/"Sweet Jannie"922His Band and the Street Choir
1971"Blue Money"/"Sweet Thing" (U.S.)/"Call Me Up in Dreamland" (Europe)23
1971"Call Me Up in Dreamland"/"Street Choir"95
1971"Wild Night"/"When That Evening Sun Goes Down"2824Tupelo Honey
1971"Tupelo Honey"/"Starting a New Life"47
1972"(Straight to Your Heart) Like a Cannonball"/"Old Old Woodstock"119
1972"Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)"/"You've Got the Power"61Saint Dominic's Preview
1972"Redwood Tree"/"Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile) (Germany)/"Saint Dominic's Preview"98
1973"Gypsy"/"Saint Dominic's Preview"101
1973"Warm Love"/"I Will Be There"Hard Nose the Highway
1973"Bein' Green"/"Wild Children"
1974"Ain't Nothing You Can Do"/"Wild Children"It's Too Late to Stop Now
1974"Bulbs"/"Who Was That Masked Man?" (U.K.)/"Cul De Sac"Veedon Fleece
1974"Caledonia"/"What's Up Crazy Pup?" (Germany, NL)
1974"Gloria" (Live)/"Warm Love" (Germany)It's Too Late to Stop Now
1977"The Eternal Kansas City"/"Joyous Sound"A Period of Transition
1977"Joyous Sound"/"Mechanical Bliss"
1977"Moondance"/"Cold Wind in August"92Moondance
1978"Wavelength"/"Checkin' it Out"42Wavelength
1979"Kingdom Hall"/"Checkin' it Out"
1979"Bright Side of the Road"/"Rolling Hills"1106348Into the Music
1979"Full Force Gale"/"Bright Side of the Road"
1980"You Make Me Feel So Free"/"Full Force Gale"
1982"Cleaning Windows"/"It's All in the Game" (U.K.)/"Aryan Mist" (Spain)/"Scandinavia"Beautiful Vision
1982"Scandinavia"/"Dweller on the Threshold"
1983"Cry For Home"/"Summertime in England"9840Inarticulate Speech of the Heart
1983"Celtic Swing"/"Mr. Thomas"
1984"Dweller on the Threshold"/"Northern Muse (Solid Ground)"Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast
1984"A Sense of Wonder"/"Haunts of Ancient Peace"A Sense of Wonder
1985"Tore Down a la Rimbaud"/"Haunts of Ancient Peace"10119
1986"Ivory Tower"/"A New Kind of Man"21No Guru, No Method, No Teacher
1986"Got to Go Back"/"In the Garden"
1987"Did Ye Get Healed?"/"Allow Me"Poetic Champions Compose
1987"Someone Like You"2/"Celtic Excavation"
1988"Queen of the Slipstream"/"Spanish Steps"
1988"I'll Tell Me Ma"/"Tà Mo Chleamhnas Déanta"Irish Heartbeat
1989"Have I Told You Lately"3/"Contacting My Angel"741412Avalon Sunset
1989"Whenever God Shines His Light" (with Cliff Richard)/"I'd Love to Write Another Song"203
1989"Orangefield"/"These Are the Days"70
1990"Coney Island"/"Have I Told You Lately"7630
1990"Gloria"/"Rave on, John Donne"The Best of Van Morrison
1990"Real Real Gone"/"Start All Over Again"1879Enlightenment
1990"In The Days Before Rock 'N' Roll"/"I'd Love to Write Another Song"94
1991"Enlightenment"/"Avalon of the Heart"
1991"I Can't Stop Loving You" (with The Chieftains)/"All Saints Day"Hymns to the Silence
1991"Why Must I Always Explain?"/"So Complicated"
1993"Gloria"/"It Must Be You"3631371746Too Long in Exile
1995"Have I Told You Lately" (with The Chieftains)/"Love is a Teasin'"/"Fenny Hill"71The Long Black Veil
1995"Days Like This"/"I Don't Want to go on Without You"/"That Old Black Magic"/"Yo"65Days Like This
1995"Perfect Fit"/"Raincheck"/"Cleaning Windows"
1995"No Religion"/"Whenever God Shines His Light"/"Have I Told You Lately"/"Gloria"54
1996"That's Life"/"Moondance"/"That's Life"
all with (Georgie Fame)
111How Long Has This Been Going On
1997"The Healing Game"/"Have I Told You Lately"/"Whenever God Shines His Light"/"Gloria" \
"Full Force Gale 96"/"Look at What the Good People Done"/"Celtic Spring"
46The Healing Game
1997"Rough God Goes Riding"/"At the End of the Day"/"The Healing Game"168
1999"Precious Time"/"Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)"/"Call Me Up in Dreamland"3696Back on Top
1999"Back on Top"/"John Brown's Body"/"I'm Ready"69
1999"Philosopher's Stone"/"These Dreams of You"/"Raincheck"171
2000"I Wanna Go Home"
with (Lonnie Donegan and Chris Barber)/"New Burying Ground"/"Midnight Special"
114The Skiffle Sessions - Live In Belfast 1998
2000"Let's Talk About Us"
with (Linda Gail Lewis)/"Singing the Blues"/"The Ballad of Jesse James"
100You Win Again
2002"Hey Mr. DJ"/"Someone Like You"/"Bright Side of the Road"589141Down the Road
2002"Meet Me In The Indian Summer"/"In the Afternoon/Ancient Highway/Raincheck/Meditation/
Joe Turner Sings/Don't You Make Me High" (Live)/"In the Midnight" (Live)
2003"Once in a Blue Moon"/"Walkin' My Baby Back Home"/"When You're Smiling"What's Wrong with This Picture?
2005"Celtic New Year"Magic Time
2006"Playhouse"Pay the Devil
2006"And It Stoned Me" (Live)Live at Montreux 1980/1974
2006"Cry for Home"(with Tom Jones)The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3
2007"Blue and Green"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or was not released.


Bang sessions unofficial compilation albums[edit]

Other appearances[edit]

1999"Sometimes We Cry"Reload (Tom Jones)
2002"Back O' Town Blues"Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues[23]

Tribute albums[edit]

The Van Morrison Songbook was released in March 1997 on the Connoisseur Collect label. The cover versions chosen range from the 1964 garage rock classic "Gloria" performed by Eddie and the Hot Rods to the ballad "Have I Told You Lately" performed by Emilio. Other covers include "I Wanna Roo You" performed by Goldie Hawn; "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)" performed by Dexys Midnight Runners; "Sweet Thing" performed by The Waterboys; "Tupelo Honey" performed by Dusty Springfield; and "Irish Heartbeat" performed by Billy Connolly.

Instrumental only tribute albums[edit]


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