Van Morrison - Enlightenment (Remastered) (1990/2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Van Morrison - Enlightenment (Remastered) (1990/2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Van Morrison - Enlightenment (Remastered) (1990/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 58:41 minutes | 1.23 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Enlightenment is the twentieth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It was released in 1990 and reached #5 in the UK charts and "Real Real Gone" charted at #18 in Mainstream Rock Tracks.

"Throughout Van Morrison's long career, his hit records have usually been followed by more obscure ones, so it should come as no surprise that 1990's Enlightenment was more subtle than its hit predecessor, Avalon Sunset. The intention of Enlightenment is marked by its first two songs, the scorching Celtic rhythm & blues of the opener, "Real Real Gone," and the pained spiritual yearning of the title track, a midtempo ballad drenched in nylon-string guitars, atmospheric synths, a gorgeous melody, and a tough Wurlitzer piano. The first tune, with its raucous horns, B-3, and crackling hi-hat and snare work, comes from the shouting R&B singer we've known since Moondance. It's addressed to a nameless other, with a call-and-response horn section answering his every line like it was the gospel truth. The slippery bridge-like lines at the ends of the verses and his invocation of truths from the gods of soul – "And Sam Cooke is on the radio and the night is filled with space/Wilson Pickett said 'In the Midnight Hour'/That's when my love comes tumblin' down/Solomon Burke said, 'If you need me, why don't you call me'/James Brown said, 'When you're tired of what you got, try me'/ Gene Chandler said, 'There's a rainbow in my soul'" – suggest he's almost found the truth in these moments from his past, a past that haunts him and whose secrets pour from his mouth when he sings, though they elude him. We can add to these, "Van Morrison said, 'Real, real gone/I can't stand up by myself/Don't you know I need your help/I'm real real gone.'" This is only underscored in "Enlightenment," where these koans mix with those of the Buddhist masters. Some of them come literally from Zen, others from the pit of the protagonist's life: "I'm in the here and now/And I'm meditating/I'm still suffering/But that's my problem…wake up." The rest of the album becomes a suite, with these themes underscored everywhere through an ethereal blend of sonic atmospheres and carefully crafted melodies that seem to come from the oblique shadow of the soul as it wanders, discovers, and sheds its trappings, still seeking. There's the folksy Irish folk-pop of "So Quiet in Here" and the dramatic yet elegiac regality of "Avalon of the Heart," where the ghosts of Keats, Shelley, and Yeats all meet to confer and wail. These songs are kissed further down the road by the contemplative jazz in "See Me Through," a sung prayer that is partially obscured by its chant-like melody. Morrison also does his trademark evocation of memory in the sprightly gospel of "Youth of 1,000 Summers." Jazz returns in the Friday night strut of "Start All Over Again," where sadness and hope mix inextricably. "She's My Baby," with its nylon-string guitars and taut snares, is breezy Celtic soul at its best, expressing an adult lovesickness in song. Enlightenment, like Avalon Sunset, marks one of Morrison's best productions, if not albums. Its sound is warm, enveloping, and humid. If the songs seem to bleed together a bit, that's on purpose; it's meant to be taken as a whole. It's an overlooked gem." (Thom Jurek, AMG)

1. Real Real Gone (3:41)
2. Enlightenment (4:06)
3. So Quiet In Here (6:17)
4. Avalon of the Heart (4:50)
5. See Me Through (6:21)
6. Youth of 1,000 Summers (3:44)
7. In the Days Before Rock 'N' Roll (8:12)
8. Start All Over Again (4:14)
9. She's My Baby (5:17)
10. Memories (4:30)
11. Enlightenment (alternative take) (3:32)
12. So Quiet In Here (alternative take) (4:02)

Van Morrison, vocals, guitar, harmonica
Dave Bishop, soprano and baritone saxophones
Paul Durcan, spoken word (on track 7)
Dave Early, drums (except on tracks 4, 10)
Georgie Fame, electric piano, hammond organ, backing vocals
Alex Gifford, synthesizers, piano
Steve Gregory, tenor saxophone, flute
Malcolm Griffiths, trombone
Bernie Holland, lead guitar (on tracks 2, 6, 9)
Henry Lowther, trumpet (on tracks 6, 8, 9)
Brian Odgers, bass (on tracks 2, 9)
Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, piano (on tracks 3)
Steve Pearce, bass (except on tracks 2, 9)
Frank Ricotti, vibraphone (on track 8)
Steve Sanger, drums (on tracks 4, 10)
Steve Waterman, flugelhorn (on tracks 6, 8, 9)
The Ambrosian Singers
John McCarthy, choirmaster (on track 4)

Digitally remastered

foobar2000 1.3.7 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2020-03-08 14:56:55

Analyzed: Van Morrison / Enlightenment

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR9 -1.00 dB -11.59 dB 3:41 01-Real Real Gone
DR9 -1.01 dB -12.03 dB 4:06 02-Enlightenment
DR9 -1.00 dB -12.79 dB 6:17 03-So Quiet In Here
DR9 -1.01 dB -13.05 dB 4:50 04-Avalon of the Heart
DR10 -1.01 dB -15.24 dB 6:21 05-See Me Through
DR10 -1.02 dB -13.46 dB 3:44 06-Youth of 1,000 Summers
DR10 -1.01 dB -13.49 dB 8:12 07-In the Days Before Rock 'N' Roll
DR10 -1.01 dB -12.59 dB 4:14 08-Start All Over Again
DR10 -1.01 dB -12.94 dB 5:17 09-She's My Baby
DR11 -1.01 dB -13.88 dB 4:30 10-Memories
DR12 -1.01 dB -15.67 dB 3:32 11-Enlightenment (alternative take)
DR16 -1.00 dB -19.48 dB 4:02 12-So Quiet In Here (alternative take)

Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2724 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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