Carrying a Torch

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"Carrying a Torch"
Song by Van Morrison from the album Hymns to the Silence
Released 1991
Recorded 1991
Genre Folk-rock
Length 4:26
Label Polydor Records
Writer Van Morrison
Composer Van Morrison
Producer Van Morrison
Hymns to the Silence track listing
"Be Thou My Vision"
(5)
"Carrying a Torch"
(6)
"Green Mansions"
(7)
"Carrying a Torch"
Single by Tom Jones and Van Morrison
from the album Carrying a Torch
A-side "Carrying a Torch"
B-side "Walk Tall (Valley Of The Shadows)"
Released March 1991[1]
Genre Celtic, Folk-rock
Length 3:50
Label Dover
Writer(s) Van Morrison
Producer(s) Van Morrison
Tom Jones chronology
"Couldn't Say Goodbye"
(1991)
"Carrying a Torch"
(1991)
"I'm Not Feeling It Anymore"
(1991)

"Carrying a Torch" is a popular song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and released on his 1991 double album, Hymns to the Silence.

Rolling Stone magazine reviewer Elysa Gardner praised the song, saying that it "has the makings of a classic, with a stately chorus and shining verses that tie the flesh to the spirit: 'You're the keeper of the flame/And you burn so bright/Baby why don't we re-connect/Move into the light'."[2]

Cover versions[edit]

Tom Jones also recorded the song, together with Van Morrison, on his album Carrying a Torch (released the same year, in March). Their version of the song was released as a single and charted at #57 in 1991 in the UK. This collaboration came about when Morrison showed his newly written song "Carrying a Torch" to Jones, who was "so impressed that he invited Morrison to play on his new record" (Johnny Rogan). Morrison wrote, played on and produced four tracks that appeared on Jones' album.[3]

Bob Dylan has also performed the song occasionally at his concerts.[4]

Personnel on original release[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Wales - Music - Tom Jones - Tom Jones discography". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  2. ^ Gardner, Elysa (1991-10-17). "Van Morrison: Hymns to the Silence : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  3. ^ Rogan, No Surrender, p.401
  4. ^ "Bob Dylan-Bob Links-Reviews-11/09/02". boblinks.com. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 

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