New Van Morrison Album, Roll With The Punches, Features New Songs and Covers

From the moment Van Morrison hit the mainstream, he’s been in close to the hearts of many fans who love his brand of blues and rock. From the “Gloria” classic recorded with Them, to the first solo hit, “Brown-Eyed Girl”, to “Moondance” and “Crazy Love”, and to everything recorded afterwards, Van Morrison was a hit for many.

On September 22, Van Morrison returns with a brand new album. This new album, called Roll With The Punches, will be an album of covers that contain an added bonus of five brand new Van Morrison recordings. That might be a different take on releasing music, but it’s Van Morrison, after all.

Roll With The Punches will be released via Caroline International and will contain fifteen songs (see list below). As a benefit, Van Morrison will be on tour in both the US and the UK. This album will also be released as an HD DD (96kHz/24-bit), DD, and 2LP vinyl.

Roll With The Punches – Van Morrison

01. Roll With the Punches (Van Morrison/Don Black)
02. Transformation (Van Morrison)
03. I Can Tell (Bo Diddley/Samuel Bernard Smith)
04. Stormy Monday / Lonely Avenue (T-Bone Walker/Doc Pomus)
05. Goin’ To Chicago (Count Basie/Jimmy Rushing)
06. Fame (Van Morrison)
07. Too Much Trouble (Van Morrison)
08. Bring It on Home to Me (Sam Cooke)
09. 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)


Simple Dreams 40th Anniversary Linda Ronstadt Reissue

As anniversaries arrive (and sometimes – sadly – go past without a notice), there are sets that receive special attention. I don’t know what sets things into motion (boardroom meetings, artist requests, Excel spreadsheets and probability ratios), but it can be dismaying to watch a wealth of passing anniversaries go by without a whimper. Conversely, it’s refreshing and pleasant to find the ones that DO get recognized for their importance to the world of music. One of those is the highly successful Linda Ronstadt album, Simple Dreams.

Simple Dreams was released in 1977. Its 40th Anniversary reissue is no surprise. The songs on Simple Dreams – “It’s So Easy”, “Blue Bayou”, and an interesting version of The Stones’ “Tumbling Dice” –  will all be  newly remastered. The reissue will add in three bonus tracks that include live versions of songs from the album (“It’s So Easy”, “Blue Bayou”, “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me”).  The included booklet will add new insights of the album along with photos, and notes.

The 40th Anniversary Edition of Simple Dreams is scheduled for reissue on September 15 via Elektra Records (WBR). It will issue on CD, DD, and on 2LP.