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Accentuate The Positive

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Arriving swiftly on the heels of Moving on Skiffle, Accentuate the Positive is certainly a kissing cousin to its 2023 companion: it's another spirited revival of a style that a young Van Morrison held dear. Despite being titled after the Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen standard, Accentuate the Positive isn't an ode to the Great American Songbook. It's nominally a celebration of the early days of rock & roll, an era that did see various styles, attitudes, and demographics mingle, so Morrison's decision to punctuate classics by Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Little Richard, and Chuck Willis with pop tunes, country hits, and jump blues isn't far afield: all this music was part of the early explosion of rock & roll. Besides, Van Morrison has never been a rockabilly cat, he's a blues shouter and he plays precisely to those strengths here, leading his band through lively and loving readings of rock & roll oldies, never apologizing for the unabashed nostalgia of the entire enterprise.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
You Are My Sunshine
00:03:42

VAN MORRISON, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmie Davis, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dunn, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Keary, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Colin Griffin, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Dana Masters, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crawford Bell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Hurley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart McIlroy, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kelly Smiley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

2
When Will I Be Loved?
00:03:52

VAN MORRISON, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Everly, Composer - Richard Dunn, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Keary, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Colin Griffin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dana Masters, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crawford Bell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Hurley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart McIlroy, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kelly Smiley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

3
Two Hound Dogs
00:03:01

VAN MORRISON, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Haley, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dunn, Hammond Organ, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Pingatore, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keary, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Colin Griffin, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Hurley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart McIlroy, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

4
Flip, Flop And Fly
00:03:52

Lou Willie Turner, ComposerLyricist - VAN MORRISON, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Dunn, Hammond Organ, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Calhoun, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keary, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Colin Griffin, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Hurley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart McIlroy, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

5
I Want A Roof Over My Head
00:02:39

VAN MORRISON, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Dunn, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Jordan, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keary, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Colin Griffin, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dana Masters, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crawford Bell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Hurley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart McIlroy, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kelly Smiley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Barkley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

6
Problems
00:04:37

Felice Bryant, ComposerLyricist - VAN MORRISON, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Boudleaux Bryant, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dunn, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Keary, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Colin Griffin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dana Masters, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crawford Bell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Hurley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart McIlroy, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kelly Smiley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

7
Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes
00:02:42

VAN MORRISON, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Willis, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dunn, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Keary, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Colin Griffin, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Dana Masters, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crawford Bell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Hurley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart McIlroy, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kelly Smiley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

8
The Shape I’m In
00:02:20

Johnny Restivo, ComposerLyricist - VAN MORRISON, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Dunn, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Keary, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Colin Griffin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dana Masters, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crawford Bell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Hurley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart McIlroy, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kelly Smiley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

9
Accentuate The Positive
00:03:24

VAN MORRISON, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Mercer, ComposerLyricist - Harold Arlen, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dunn, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Keary, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Colin Griffin, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Dana Masters, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crawford Bell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Hurley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart McIlroy, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kelly Smiley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

10
Lonesome Train
00:02:58

Paul Moran, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Milton Subotsky, ComposerLyricist - Dorsey Burnette, ComposerLyricist - Paul Burlison, ComposerLyricist - VAN MORRISON, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Beck, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Burnette, ComposerLyricist - Chris Farlowe, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Laurence Cottle, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Glen Moore, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keary, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mez Clough, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart McIlroy, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

11
A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues
00:02:44

Chris White, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Moran, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Thompson, ComposerLyricist - VAN MORRISON, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Moore, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Alistair White, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Keary, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Lardner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dana Masters, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crawford Bell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kelly Smiley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

12
Shakin’ All Over
00:03:00

Chris White, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Moran, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - VAN MORRISON, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Kidd, ComposerLyricist - Paul Moore, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Alistair White, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Keary, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Lardner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

13
Bye Bye Johnny
00:02:58

VAN MORRISON, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Berry, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dunn, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Teena Lyle, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Keary, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Colin Griffin, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crawford Bell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chantelle Duncan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Hurley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart McIlroy, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sticky Wicket, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

14
Red Sails In The Sunset
00:02:50

VAN MORRISON, Acoustic Guitar, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Dunn, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - John McCullough, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Wilhelm Grosz, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Williams, ComposerLyricist - James Kennedy, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keary, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Colin Griffin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dana Masters, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crawford Bell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Hurley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Kelly Smiley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

15
Sea Of Heartbreak
00:04:05

Paul Hampton, ComposerLyricist - Hal David, ComposerLyricist - VAN MORRISON, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John McCullough, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Scott, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan O' Regan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dana Masters, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jolene O’Hara, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Eamon Ferris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

16
Blueberry Hill
00:02:49

VAN MORRISON, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Rose, ComposerLyricist - Al Lewis, ComposerLyricist - John McCullough, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence Stock, ComposerLyricist - Nick Scott, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan O' Regan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dana Masters, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jolene O’Hara, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Eamon Ferris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

17
Bonaparte’s Retreat
00:02:14

VAN MORRISON, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Dunn, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Pee Wee King, ComposerLyricist - Redd Stewart, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keary, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Colin Griffin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dana Masters, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crawford Bell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Hurley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart McIlroy, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jolene O’Hara, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

18
Lucille
00:02:54

VAN MORRISON, Acoustic Guitar, Alto Saxophone, Tambourine, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Taj Mahal, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Albert Collins, ComposerLyricist - Richard Penniman, ComposerLyricist - David Hayes, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Allair, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Ruggiero, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Paule, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Vann, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

19
Shake Rattle And Roll
00:05:00

VAN MORRISON, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Taj Mahal, Banjo, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - David Hayes, Bass, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Calhoun, ComposerLyricist - John Allair, Hammond Organ, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Ruggiero, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Paule, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Vann, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Exile Productions Ltd.

Album review

Arriving swiftly on the heels of Moving on Skiffle, Accentuate the Positive is certainly a kissing cousin to its 2023 companion: it's another spirited revival of a style that a young Van Morrison held dear. Despite being titled after the Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen standard, Accentuate the Positive isn't an ode to the Great American Songbook. It's nominally a celebration of the early days of rock & roll, an era that did see various styles, attitudes, and demographics mingle, so Morrison's decision to punctuate classics by Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Little Richard, and Chuck Willis with pop tunes, country hits, and jump blues isn't far afield: all this music was part of the early explosion of rock & roll. Besides, Van Morrison has never been a rockabilly cat, he's a blues shouter and he plays precisely to those strengths here, leading his band through lively and loving readings of rock & roll oldies, never apologizing for the unabashed nostalgia of the entire enterprise.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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