Too Long in Exile

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Too Long in Exile
Studio album by Van Morrison
Released 8 June 1993
Recorded The Wool Hall Studios, Bath, England;
The Record Plant, Sausalito, California
Genre Rock
Length 77:04
Label Polydor
Producer Van Morrison
Van Morrison chronology
The Best of Van Morrison Volume Two
(1993)
Too Long in Exile
(1993)
A Night in San Francisco
(1994)
Singles from Too Long in Exile
  1. "Gloria" b/w "It Must Be You"
    Released: May 1993
  2. ""
    Released:
  3. ""
    Released:
  4. ""
    Released:

Too Long in Exile is the twenty-second studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1993 (see 1993 in music) as his first album on Polydor Records, a sister label to his previous label Mercury Records. It was one of Morrison's most commercially successful albums in years, due in part to a cover of "Gloria", one of his own songs originally recorded by Them. This newer version with guest vocals and guitar from blues legend John Lee Hooker was released as a successful single charting at #31 in the U.K..

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Entertainment Weekly B−[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[4]

Most critics responded well to the album. Peter Paphides said "never has one man's regression therapy sounded this exhilarating." Gavin Martin remarked that "Van has rediscovered his 'earthy, elemental fire'. He is still the foremost blues auteur."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Van Morrison except as indicated.

  1. "Too Long in Exile" – 6:18
  2. "Big Time Operators" – 6:03
  3. "Lonely Avenue/You Give Me Nothing but the Blues" (Doc Pomus, Morrison) – 6:24
  4. "Ball & Chain" – 5:36
  5. "In the Forest" – 4:38
  6. "Till We Get the Healing Done" – 8:29
  7. "Gloria" – 5:19
  8. "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" (Sonny Boy Williamson) – 4:07
  9. "Wasted Years" – 3:57
  10. "The Lonesome Road" (Nathaniel Shilkret, Gene Austin) – 3:16
  11. "Moody's Mood for Love" (James Moody), Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh) – 2:32
  12. "Close Enough for Jazz" – 2:39
  13. "Before the World Was Made" (text by William Butler Yeats, adapted by Morrison, music by Kenny Craddock) – 4:24
  14. "I'll Take Care of You" (Brook Benton) – 5:19
  15. "Instrumental/Tell Me What You Want" – 8:08

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - UK Album Chart

Year Chart Position
1993 UK Album Chart 4[6]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1993 The Billboard 200 29

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