Van Morrison for his 35th studio album, provides new takes on some of his lesser-known tracks, going back to 1970’s “Lord, If I Ever Needed Someone.”
“Irish Heartbeat”, the new recording which can be heard below originally was appeared on Morrison’s album from 1983 called Inarticulate Speech of the Heart.
Previously song was reworked for the 1988 Irish Heartbeat LP, in collaboration with the Chieftans. A decade later, the song received new life when it was included in Janeane Garofalo romantic comedy The Matchmaker.
The Duet version including Mark Knopfler, makes song to be in other dimension of rhythm and style, and then the voices of singers’ make text of the song to be even more clear.
In one interview Morrison was been asked if he expected Knopfler to play on a traditional song. And then he said: “I did and I didn’t. It didn’t surprise me that much because he’s done stuff in that style”.
Album – Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue was been released on 23 March 2015 and you can check it here. Its first single, “Real Real Gone,” include vocals from Michael Bublé. The other tracks include artists like Steve Winwood, Bobby Womack, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Natalie Cole and George Benson. Album is really “first class” in the style of Morrison.