Van Morrison Announces New Album 'Versatile'

Tag: Rock

Van Morrison has announced his upcoming 38th studio album Versatile, which arrives less than three months after the singer released his 37th studio album Roll With the Punches.

Collaborators recall singer's 1973 run with Caledonia Soul Orchestra that produced classic double live album

While Roll With the Punches, released in September, found Morrison reinterpreting the work of blues and soul legends like Sam Cooke, Bo Diddley and Little Walter, Versatile will see the Irish crooner shifting to jazz standards like George and Ira Gershwin's "A Foggy Day" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me," Cole Porter's "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "Unchained Melody," popularized by the Righteous Brothers.

Like Roll With the Punches, the covers are interspersed with Morrison originals; the singer penned seven new songs for Versatile, including an arrangement of the traditional "Skye Boat Song."

The 16-song Versatile is out on December 1st.

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