Though Astral Weeks is not among them

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Van Morrison‘s back catalogue is due to be released digitally this coming Friday [August 28, 2015].

The news comes from Legacy Recordings, the catalogue division of Sony Music Entertainment, who have acquired the rights to Morrison’s back catalogue.

Van Morrison archive includes all of Morrison’s solo works from 1971 to the present as well as the recordings made with the Them from 1964 through 1966.

33 Van Morrison album titles will be made available as digital releases and through all streaming services beginning Friday, August 28.

That same day, Legacy Recordings will release the Essential Van Morrison, a 37-track career-spanning anthology, available digitally and as a 2CD physical album.

Later this year, Van Morrison’s early recordings with the Them will be available on Legacy Recordings.

Legacy will launch the label’s ongoing Van Morrison library release project with new compilations, deluxe Legacy Editions of classic album titles and a digital rollout of the full Van Morrison catalogue.

Most of the Van Morrison catalogue has never been available for streaming and many titles have long been unavailable online through iTunes or other DSPs. Much of the catalogue has been out-of-print in any format, with some titles being unavailable for as long as 15 years.

Forthcoming new Van Morrison releases on the Legacy label will include a new career-spanning single CD compilation and deluxe Legacy Editions of Van Morrison solo albums: Saint Dominic’s Preview, It’s Too Late To Stop Now, Hard Nose The Highway and Enlightenment.

Morrison released his most recent studio album, Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue, earlier this year.

He was also awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours, which he described as “a huge honour“.

Click here to read our review of Van Morrison live at The Royal Albert Hall, March 25, 2015

Available Digitally and Streaming on Friday, August 28:

St. Dominic’s Preview (1972)
Hard Nose The Highway (1973)
It’s Too Late To Stop Now (Live) (1974)
Veedon Fleece (1974)
A Period Of Transition (1977)
Wavelength (1978)
Into The Music (1979)
Common One (1980)
Beautiful Vision (1982)
Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart (1983)
Live At The Grand Opera House, Belfast (Live) (1984)
A Sense Of Wonder (1984)
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1984)
Poetic Champions Compose (1987)
Irish Heartbeat (w/the Chieftains) (1988)
Avalon Sunset (1989)
Enlightenment (1990)
Hymns To The Silence (1991)
Too Long In Exile (1993)
A Night In San Francisco (Live) (1994)
Days Like This (1995)
How Long Has This Been Going On? (1995)
Tell Me Something: The Songs Of Mose Allison (1996)
The Healing Game (1997)
The Philosopher’s Stone (2CD outtakes compilation, 1998)
Back on Top (1999)
The Skiffle Sessions: Live In Belfast (Live) (2000)
Down the Road (2002)
What’s Wrong With This Picture? (2003)
Magic Time (2005)
Pay The Devil (2006)
Keep It Simple (2008)
Astral Weeks “Live At The Hollywood Bowl” (Live) (2009)

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  • SHIELDagent

    Astral Weeks has always been on iTunes because Van doesn’t own the rights. Same with Moondance. The big one that’s missing is Tupelo Honey. Probably because Van thinks it’s rubbish.