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VAN MORRISON & THE CHIEFTAINS - IRISH HEARTBEAT
VAN MORRISON & THE CHIEFTAINS - IRISH HEARTBEAT
Published: 2014/03/17
Channel: terrythekittie
Donna Taggart Irish Heartbeat (Official Video)
Donna Taggart Irish Heartbeat (Official Video)
Published: 2017/09/07
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Irish Heartbeat~Van Morrison and The Chieftains
Irish Heartbeat~Van Morrison and The Chieftains
Published: 2010/08/28
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YouTube - Billy Connolly - Irish Heartbeat.flv
YouTube - Billy Connolly - Irish Heartbeat.flv
Published: 2010/08/26
Channel: stevie cee
Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler - Irish Heartbeat (Audio)
Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler - Irish Heartbeat (Audio)
Published: 2015/03/10
Channel: VanMorrisonVEVO
Irish Heartbeat - 12/12/2015
Irish Heartbeat - 12/12/2015
Published: 2015/12/15
Channel: Live from Here
Billy Connolly STAY (Irish Heartbeat) Rockwiz
Billy Connolly STAY (Irish Heartbeat) Rockwiz
Published: 2016/01/01
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Van Morrison & The Chieftains ‎– Irish Heartbeat (Full Album) 1988
Van Morrison & The Chieftains ‎– Irish Heartbeat (Full Album) 1988
Published: 2018/04/07
Channel: Rare Unreleased
Van Morrison, The Chieftans - Irish Heartbeat (Audio)
Van Morrison, The Chieftans - Irish Heartbeat (Audio)
Published: 2015/08/28
Channel: VanMorrisonVEVO
Irish Heartbeat
Irish Heartbeat
Published: 2015/08/29
Channel: The Chieftains - Topic
Van Morrison - What Makes The Irish Heart Beat
Van Morrison - What Makes The Irish Heart Beat
Published: 2014/12/17
Channel: Cool Coyote
VAN MORRISON - IRISH HEARTBEAT & THE HEALING GAME
VAN MORRISON - IRISH HEARTBEAT & THE HEALING GAME
Published: 2015/01/27
Channel: Alan Peters
VAN MORRISON-THE CHIEFTAINS - Raglan Road - bbc tv
VAN MORRISON-THE CHIEFTAINS - Raglan Road - bbc tv
Published: 2010/11/15
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These are the days~Van Morrison
These are the days~Van Morrison
Published: 2010/07/12
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Van Morrison and the Chieftains performing Carrickfergus.
Van Morrison and the Chieftains performing Carrickfergus.
Published: 2010/08/05
Channel: Emile Bradford
Van Morrison and Mark Knopfler - Irish Heartbeat -  with Lyrics
Van Morrison and Mark Knopfler - Irish Heartbeat - with Lyrics
Published: 2015/03/09
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RocKwiz -  Irish Heartbeat
RocKwiz - Irish Heartbeat
Published: 2016/06/04
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Derick Mar09 Irish Heartbeat
Derick Mar09 Irish Heartbeat
Published: 2009/04/10
Channel: Ken Persson
Jerry Lee Lewis - What Makes The Irish Heart Beat
Jerry Lee Lewis - What Makes The Irish Heart Beat
Published: 2010/01/17
Channel: MJRKSC
Billy Connolly - Irish Heartbeat LIVE
Billy Connolly - Irish Heartbeat LIVE
Published: 2009/12/31
Channel: Stephen Blair
Irish Heartbeat
Irish Heartbeat
Published: 2017/09/07
Channel: Donna Taggart - Topic
Irish Heartbeat
Irish Heartbeat
Published: 2015/12/05
Channel: Van Morrison - Topic
Irish Heartbeat
Irish Heartbeat
Published: 2015/09/01
Channel: Van Morrison - Topic
Van Morrison & Mark Knopfler - Irish Heartbeat
Van Morrison & Mark Knopfler - Irish Heartbeat
Published: 2017/11/26
Channel: Cool Coyote
Donna Taggart*Irish Heartbeat*
Donna Taggart*Irish Heartbeat*
Published: 2017/12/16
Channel: Kenny G
Van Morrison - Van Morrison discusses
Van Morrison - Van Morrison discusses 'Irish Heartbeat' with Mark Knopfler
Published: 2015/03/10
Channel: VanMorrisonVEVO
Irish Heartbeat - Neil Finn
Irish Heartbeat - Neil Finn
Published: 2013/02/16
Channel: JMC122867
Van Morrison - Irish Heartbeat
Van Morrison - Irish Heartbeat
Published: 2014/12/06
Channel: George Plant
Van Morrison Live Irish Heartbeat 1993
Van Morrison Live Irish Heartbeat 1993
Published: 2015/12/01
Channel: Rui Ascenção
Irish Heartbeat
Irish Heartbeat
Published: 2010/02/23
Channel: Howard Dieno
Celtic Chillout - Irish Heartbeat
Celtic Chillout - Irish Heartbeat
Published: 2013/07/21
Channel: MrJesusla
Van Morrison and the Chieftains - Star Of The County Down
Van Morrison and the Chieftains - Star Of The County Down
Published: 2010/08/28
Channel: Laurie Girling
Irish Heartbeat
Irish Heartbeat
Published: 2015/03/11
Channel: Mark Knopfler - Topic
Irish Heartbeat - Van Morrison and The Chieftans
Irish Heartbeat - Van Morrison and The Chieftans
Published: 2013/08/29
Channel: CelticDreams1978
Donna Taggart Irish Heartbeat (Official Video)
Donna Taggart Irish Heartbeat (Official Video)
Published: 2018/01/22
Channel: Carmelo Calhoon
DANNY DANIELS - "Irish Heartbeat"
DANNY DANIELS - "Irish Heartbeat"
Published: 2008/12/23
Channel: BangMan007
"Irish Heartbeat" by Van Morrison & The Chieftains : 365 Riffs For Beginning Guitar !!
"Irish Heartbeat" by Van Morrison & The Chieftains : 365 Riffs For Beginning Guitar !!
Published: 2017/12/27
Channel: Song Bike - jkehew1
Van Morrison- Irish Heartbeat.avi
Van Morrison- Irish Heartbeat.avi
Published: 2011/10/28
Channel: markbik1
Irish Heartbeat Van Morrison Live 1988 Reading
Irish Heartbeat Van Morrison Live 1988 Reading
Published: 2016/11/02
Channel: Rui Ascenção
Johnny Logan - Irish Heartbeat 2013
Johnny Logan - Irish Heartbeat 2013
Published: 2014/12/14
Channel: fritz51299
Extra Stout - Irish Heartbeat
Extra Stout - Irish Heartbeat
Published: 2017/09/01
Channel: Greg Kramp
Van Morrison and Mark Knopfler, Irish heartbeat, Wild Fields`Flowers
Van Morrison and Mark Knopfler, Irish heartbeat, Wild Fields`Flowers
Published: 2018/07/12
Channel: danradu leaf
The Festival Session - Irish Heartbeat 2017 Leverkusen
The Festival Session - Irish Heartbeat 2017 Leverkusen
Published: 2017/03/10
Channel: smartotrams
Helena Byrne - Irish Heartbeat - a Cappella
Helena Byrne - Irish Heartbeat - a Cappella
Published: 2012/05/16
Channel: helenabyrne
Irish heartbeat
Irish heartbeat
Published: 2016/08/07
Channel: Hayswired Lannett
Irish Heartbeat - Van Morrison (cover)
Irish Heartbeat - Van Morrison (cover)
Published: 2008/09/17
Channel: LiteGauge
What Makes the Irish Heart Beat
What Makes the Irish Heart Beat
Published: 2015/08/29
Channel: Van Morrison - Topic
Irish Heartbeat
Irish Heartbeat
Published: 2015/07/05
Channel: Various Artists - Topic
Irish Heartbeat - Van Morrison Cover Video
Irish Heartbeat - Van Morrison Cover Video
Published: 2015/03/12
Channel: Paul Sweeney
Johnny Logan  Irish Heartbeat Hamburg 1.5.2013
Johnny Logan Irish Heartbeat Hamburg 1.5.2013
Published: 2013/05/06
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Irish Heartbeat
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Studio album by Van Morrison and The Chieftains
Released 1988
Recorded September 1987—January 1988
Studio Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
Genre Traditional Irish folk, folk rock
Length 38:44
Label Mercury
Producer Van Morrison, Paddy Moloney
Van Morrison chronology
Poetic Champions Compose
(1987)Poetic Champions Compose1987
Irish Heartbeat
(1988)
Avalon Sunset
(1989)Avalon Sunset1989
The Chieftains chronology
In Ireland
(1987) In Ireland1987
Irish Heartbeat
(1988) Irish Heartbeat1988
The Tailor of Gloucester
(1988) The Tailor of Gloucester1988
Singles from Irish Heartbeat
  1. "I'll Tell Me Ma" b/w "Tá Mo Chleamhnas Déanta"
    Released: June 1988

Irish Heartbeat is the eighteenth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and is a collaboration with the traditional Irish musical group the Chieftains, released in 1988. It was recorded at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin, Ireland, and reached number 18 in the UK album charts.

Recording[edit]

The album was recorded on dates from September to December 1987 and in January 1988. The Chieftains and Van Morrison had met years before at the Edinburgh rock festival. They joined up in Belfast during Morrison's No Guru tour and afterwards, Morrison and Paddy Moloney discussed recording an album together during a walk. They each had a list of songs and reached a consensus to cover two of Morrison's previously released tracks (the title track was one) and the rest from traditional Irish songs.

Recalled Moloney:

I think at that time Van was searching for his Irish roots. It was this man of blues, of rock ‘n’ roll, jazz and more importantly soul, coming home to his Irishness with The Chieftains and the music we’d been playing for so many years. Musically we were going to meet each other half way.[1]

In October 1987 they performed together at Balmoral Studio in Belfast. The concert was broadcast on St. Patrick's Day in 1988.[2]

Composition[edit]

The album consists of eight traditional Irish songs, plus re-workings of the Morrison songs "Celtic Ray" (which first appeared on 1982's Beautiful Vision) and the title track "Irish Heartbeat" (which first appeared on 1983's Inarticulate Speech of the Heart). "Carrickfergus" is described as "a melancholic air worthy of Otis Redding" by critic Denis Campbell.[3] "on Raglan Road" was adapted from a poem by Patrick Kavanagh and is the story of "a man ensnared by a beautiful revenant whom he had mistaken for 'a creature made of clay'." [4] In 1994, Billy Connolly recorded a live cover of the song "Irish Heartbeat" during his World Tour of Scotland. The performance was used as the closing theme to the BBC series.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[8]
The Village VoiceC+[9]

Irish Heartbeat received positive reviews from most critics, one of whom called it "some of the most haunting, rousing, downright friendly music of the year".[10] Rolling Stone magazine's David Browne said it has "splendor and intense beauty",[11] while John Wilde from Melody Maker hailed it as "a bloody considerable marvel", having "awakened [Morrison's] roisterous spirit".[12] In The Village Voice, Robert Christgau was more critical and believed that Morrison, suffering a creative block, is "misguided" in his attempt to reconnect with his traditional Irish music roots.[9]

In the annual Pazz & Jop critics poll, Irish Heartbeat was voted the 29th best album of 1988.[13] The NME named it the second greatest album of the year.[14] In The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), Rob Sheffield said it showed Morrison in a livelier, more enthusiastic state than on his previous records during the 1980s.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs traditional, arranged by Van Morrison and Paddy Moloney, except as indicated.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Star of the County Down" – 2:41
  2. "Irish Heartbeat" (Morrison) – 3:52
  3. "Tá Mo Chleamhnas Déanta (My Match It Is Made)" – 3:31
  4. "Raglan Road" (lyrics by Patrick Kavanagh) – 4:43
  5. "She Moved Through the Fair" – 4:44

Side two[edit]

  1. "I'll Tell Me Ma" – 2:29
  2. "Carrickfergus" – 4:23
  3. "Celtic Ray" (Morrison) – 3:47
  4. "My Lagan Love" – 5:19
  5. "Marie's Wedding" – 3:17

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1988 The Billboard 200 102

AlbumUK Albums Chart

Year Chart Position
1988 UK Albums Chart 18

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Glatt, The Chieftains, p. 217.
  2. ^ Hinton, Celtic Crossroads, p. 266-267.
  3. ^ Hinton. Celtic Crossroads. p.269.
  4. ^ Heylin, Can You Feel the Silence? p. 418
  5. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Irish Heartbeat at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. pp. 11–12. ISBN 0195313739. 
  7. ^ Rolling Stone 11 August 1988
  8. ^ a b Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Van Morrison". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 559–561. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  9. ^ a b Consumer Guide, Nov. 29, 1988
  10. ^ Heylin, Can You Feel the Silence?, p. 419
  11. ^ Rolling Stone, Aug. 11, 1988
  12. ^ Heylin, Can You Feel the Silence?, pp. 418-19.
  13. ^ The 1988 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll
  14. ^ 1988 Best Albums And Tracks Of The Year - NME

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