How Long Has This Been Going On

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How Long Has This Been Going On
Studio album by Van Morrison
Released January, 1996
Recorded Ronnie Scott's, London
3 May 1995
Genre Jazz, Be-bop
Length 50:49
Label Verve
Producer Van Morrison & Georgie Fame
Van Morrison chronology
Days Like This
(1995)
How Long Has This Been Going On
(1996)
Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison
(1996)
Singles from How Long Has This Been Going On
  1. "That's Life" b/w "Moondance"/"That's Life"
    Released: February 1996
  2. ""
    Released:
  3. ""
    Released:
  4. ""
    Released:

How Long Has This Been Going On is the twenty-fourth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, "with Georgie Fame and Friends", released in 1996 (see 1996 in music). It charted at #1 on Top Jazz Albums.[1]

Recording history[edit]

The album was recorded live (but without an audience) at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London, England on 3 May 1995, and features a number of jazz standards and a be-bop influenced rendition of Morrison's classic "Moondance." According to Van Morrison, "the album took four or five hours to record and Ronnie Scott's was chosen for the vibe."[2] Georgie Fame remembers the album came about after the two musicians had discussed it for several years when, "I got the band together, and we ran through some ideas one quiet afternoon...that went very well, so Van said, 'Let's do it.'"[3]

Songs[edit]

Pee Wee Ellis played saxophone and also served as arranger, along with Fame, Morrison and saxophonist Leo Green. There were more cover songs on this album than usual with Morrison's albums. Annie Ross appeared on "Blues Backstage" and also on the song, "Centerpiece". This song is also featured on the 2007 compilation album, The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3, along with "Moondance" and "That's Life". "Heathrow Shuffle" is an instrumental composition from the 70's that was brought back on this album. Morrison had performed this song when he played at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1974, and it is included on his 2006 DVD, Live at Montreux 1980/1974.

Reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]

The reviews for the album were mixed with the American critics more favourable. The Daily Telegraph said, "Van huffs and puffs where he should whisper," while Rolling Stone stated, "It's an old blues trick – laughing in the face of trouble – but Morrison does it with such contagious enthusiasm, it sounds fresh again."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Will Be There" (Van Morrison) – 2:30
  2. "The New Symphony Sid" (King Pleasure, Lester Young, add'l lyrics Georgie Fame) – 3:53
  3. "Early in the Morning" (Dallas Bartley, Leo Hickman, Louis Jordan) – 2:44
  4. "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley) – 4:02
  5. "Sack O' Woe" (Cannonball Adderley, Jon Hendricks) – 4:06
  6. "Moondance" (Morrison)– 7:18
  7. "Centerpiece" (Harry Edison, Hendricks), including section from "Blues Backstage" (Frank Foster) – 4:08
  8. "How Long Has This Been Going On?" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 3:49
  9. "Your Mind Is on Vacation" (Mose Allison) – 3:06
  10. "All Saint's Day" (Morrison) – 2:19
  11. "Blues in the Night" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 3:22
  12. "Don't Worry About a Thing" (Allison) – 2:22
  13. "That's Life" (Dean Kay, Kelly Gordon) – 3:52
  14. "Heathrow Shuffle" (Morrison) – 3:18
  • Tracks 2, 5, 7, 8, 10 & 12 arranged by Georgie Fame.
  • Tracks 3, 4, 9 & 13 arranged by Pee Wee Ellis.
  • Tracks 6 & 14 arranged by Van Morrison.
  • Track 1 arranged by Leo Green.
  • Track 11 arranged by Georgie Fame and Pee Wee Ellis.

Bonus tracks (2008 CD reissue)[edit]

  1. "Muleskinner Blues" (Jimmie Rodgers, Georgie Vaughn)
  2. "The Healing Game" (Morrison)

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1996 The Billboard 200 55
1996 Top Jazz Albums 1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard album How Long Has This Been Going On". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  2. ^ Hinton. Celtic Crossroads. p326
  3. ^ Heylin, Can you Feel the Silence, p464
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  6. ^ Rolling Stone review

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