New for 7 May from Van Morrison is double CD Latest Record Project Vol 1 (out via BMG) the very fine sunny title track of which is streaming. Van on that track is with Crawford Bell (the Northern Ireland gospel and country legend who was on Van's country album Pay the Devil), Kelly Smiley and Dana Masters on backing vocals doing the sha-la-la-las, Pete Hurley on bass guitar (returning from Three Chords and the Truth), Richard Dunn on organ (he was on the superb Down the Road), Stuart McIlroy (heard on Roll with the Punches and Three Chords and the Truth) on piano and Colin Griffin (You Win Again, Down the Road, Three Chords… etc) on drums. The song is a Van original.
Tracks on the first CD are: 1. Latest Record Project; 2. Where Have All The Rebels Gone; 3. Psychoanalysts' Ball; 4. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished; 5. Tried To Do The Right Thing; 6. The Long Con; 7. Thank God For The Blues; 8. Big Lie; 9. A Few Bars Early; 10. It Hurts Me Too; 11. Only A Song; 12. Diabolic Pressure; 13. Deadbeat Saturday Night; 14. Blue Funk.
On CD2 it's 1. Double Agent; 2. Double Bind; 3. Love Should Come With A Warning; 4. Breaking The Spell; 5. Up County Down; 6. Duper's Delight; 7. My Time After A While; 8. He's Not The Kingpin; 9. Mistaken Identity; 10. Stop Bitching, Do Something; 11. Western Man; 12. They Own The Media; 13. Why Are You On Facebook? 14. Jealousy.