WARNING! If you’re not a fan of the Blues, you’ll probably not like this new Van Morrison CD. Morrison unleashes his bluesy singing voice and the 15 tracks on this CD are all blues songs. Some are new, but most are older tunes. I liked “Transformation” and “Benediction” the best. Your mileage may vary. Not my favorite Van Morrison CD. GRADE: B-
1. “Roll With the Punches” (Van Morrison & Don Black)
2. “Transformation” (Van Morrison)
3. “I Can Tell” (Bo Diddley & Samuel Bernard Smith)
4. “Stormy Monday / Lonely Avenue” (T-Bone Walker / Doc Pomus)
5. “Goin’ To Chicago” (Count Basie & Jimmy Rushing)
6. “Fame” (Van Morrison)
7. “Too Much Trouble” (Van Morrison)
8. “Bring It on Home to Me” (Sam Cooke)
9. “Ordinary People” (Van Morrison)
10. “How Far From God” (Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
11. “Teardrops From My Eyes” (Rudy Toombs)
12. “Automobile Blues” (Lightnin’ Hopkins)
13. “Benediction” (Mose Allison)
14. “Mean Old World” (Little Walter)
15. “Ride On Josephine” (Bo Diddley)

8 thoughts on “ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES By Van Morrison

  1. Steve Oerkfitz

    Have to agree with you. Not a bad record but not a Van Morrison I would pull out to play if I’m in a Morrison mood. He has done a lot stronger records during his career. Luckily I got to hear it without buying it. Right now I’m playing the new The National cd a lot. Their records tend to grow on me. The more I play them the more I enjoy them. Also really like the new song from U2 which you can hear on youtube called You’re the Best Thing About Me and the new one from St. Vincent called Los Ageless. Plus the new Beck comes out next week.

    1. george Post author

      Steve, I’m looking forward to the new Beck. U2 is coming to town for a concert. I’ll have to check out the new St. Vincent! Thanks for the heads up.


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