Enlightenment (Van Morrison song)


Enlightenment (Van Morrison song)

Infobox Single
Name = Enlightenment


Caption =
Artist = Van Morrison
from Album = Enlightenment
A-side = "Enlightenment"
B-side = "Avalon of the Heart"
Released = September 1990
Format =
Recorded = October 1989
Genre = Celtic, Folk-rock
Length = 4:04
Label = Polydor
Writer = Van Morrison
Producer = Van Morrison
Certification =
Chart position =
Last single = "In The Days Before Rock 'N' Roll"
(1990)
This single = "Enlightenment"
(1991)
Next single = "I Can't Stop Loving You"
(1991)
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = Enlightenment
Type = studio
prev_track = "Real Real Gone"
prev_no = 1
this_track = "Enlightenment"
track_no = 2
next_track = "So Quiet in Here"
next_no = 3
"Enlightenment" is a single written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and included on his 1990 album "Enlightenment.

Biographer Brian Hinton comments ""Enlightenment" is actually the opposite of what it sounds: it is full of doubt, not affirmation. "I'm meditating and still I'm suffering." He seems to be saying everything is a state of mind, you can choose to live in heaven or hell." [Hinton, Celtic Crossroads, p.293] Morrison now can even poke fun at his quest on the title track ["Enlightenment"] . "I'm in the here and now and I'm meditating/And still I'm suffering but that's my problem," he sings. "Enlightenment, don't know what it is" – and he doesn't sound disturbed at all. [web cite| date=1990-11-15|url=http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/vanmorrison/albums/album/169515/review/5946901/enlightenment|title=Enlightenment Music Review|publisher=Rolling Stone Magazine|accessdate=2008-07-08]

Appearance on other albums

*"Enlightenment" was also included on the 1993 compilation album "The Best of Van Morrison Volume Two".

Personnel on original release

*Van Morrison - vocals, harmonica
*Bernie Holland - guitar
*Georgie Fame - electric piano
*Alex Gifford - synthesizers
*Brian Odgers - bass guitar
*Dave Early - drums

Notes

References

*Hinton, Brian (1997). "Celtic Crossroads: The Art of Van Morrison", Sanctuary, ISBN 1-86074169X

External links

* [http://www.vanmorrison.co.uk/?m=Content&Content(record_id)=b2950180e54389f3cf9d93ad908ac00e# Lyrics and Audio sample] 1990s, Enlightenment


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