I’ve long been a sucker for the “Under Review” series of unsanctioned musical biographies. The latest in the impeccable series focuses on acclaimed Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison and ranks among the best entries to date. “Van Morrison: Another Glorious Decade” looks at the 10-year period after Morrison’s commercial and creative peak and how he transitioned into middle age.
Through tons of archival footage — both live and in the studio — and a host of interviews with colleagues, contemporaries, music professionals and journalists, the 91-minute film paints a fascinating portrait of Morrison from 1977 to 1987.
Examined here are less heralded albums “A Period of Transition” (1977), “Wavelength” (1978), “Into the Music” (1979), “Common One” (1980), “Beautiful Vision” (1982), “Inarticulate Speech of the Heart” (1983), “A Sense of Wonder” (1985), “No Guru, No Method, No Teacher” (1986) and “Poetic Champions Compose” (1987). None save for “Into the Music” rivaled the commercial success of his early offerings but after watching “Another Glorious Decade,” I’m eager to visit these records again.
Anyone who has a fondness for Van Morrison should check out this film. It sheds new light on the life and career of one of the all-time greats. (Jeffrey Sisk)