Too Long in Exile
Too Long in Exile is the twenty-second studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. The album was produced by Morrison and draws on urban blues and soul jazz sounds, including collaborations with John Lee Hooker and Georgie Fame. Released in 1993 by Polydor Records, Too Long in Exile received positive reviews from most critics and reached number four on the UK Albums Chart.
|Too Long in Exile|
|Studio album by|
|Released||8 June 1993|
|Studio||The Wool Hall Studios in Bath, England; The Record Plant in Sausalito, California|
|Genre||Urban blues, soul jazz|
|Van Morrison chronology|
|Singles from Too Long in Exile|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|
|The Village Voice||A−|
Too Long in Exile received generally positive reviews. Rock critic Peter Paphides wrote in Melody Maker at the time, "never has one man's regression therapy sounded this exhilarating", while Gavin Martin from the Daily Mirror remarked that Morrison has "rediscovered his 'earthy, elemental fire'. He is still the foremost blues auteur." Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot found his singing "freer than ever" and most of the performances "joyful", praising the music's urban blues and soul-jazz sounds. Kot said the album is a "casual tour de force", with the exception of the cover song "Moody's Mood for Love", which he felt would nevertheless be enjoyed by fans of Morrison's "Moondance" (1970). In The Village Voice, Robert Christgau said Morrison draws on the spiritual guidance of blues greats for the album's best material, highlighting the collaborations with John Lee Hooker on "Gloria" and "Wasted Years", although he lamented some aimless songs such as "In the Forest".
In The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), Rob Sheffield said Too Long in Exile was the "breeziest" of Morrison's post-1980s albums. In a less enthusiastic review, AllMusic's Bil Carpenter wrote in retrospect that it was "an earthly departure from his previous two pop efforts", featuring a "delicious" cover of "Lonely Avenue" and impressive duets with Hooker but also a "mundane" title track. Rolling Stone included the album in its list of the "Essential Recordings of the 90's".
All songs written by Van Morrison except as indicated.
- "Too Long in Exile" – 6:18
- "Big Time Operators" – 6:03
- "Lonely Avenue/You Give Me Nothing but the Blues" (Doc Pomus, Morrison) – 6:24
- "Ball & Chain" – 5:36
- "In the Forest" – 4:38
- "Till We Get the Healing Done" – 8:29
- "Gloria" – 5:19
- "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" (Sonny Boy Williamson) – 4:07
- "Wasted Years" – 3:57
- "The Lonesome Road" (Nathaniel Shilkret, Gene Austin) – 3:16
- "Moody's Mood for Love" (James Moody, Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh) – 2:52
- "Close Enough for Jazz" – 2:39
- "Before the World Was Made" (text by William Butler Yeats, adapted by Morrison, music by Kenny Craddock) – 4:24
- "I'll Take Care of You" (Brook Benton) – 5:19
- "Instrumental/Tell Me What You Want" – 8:08
- Van Morrison – vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, alto saxophone, harmonica
- John Lee Hooker – vocals, electric guitar on "Gloria" and "Wasted Years"
- Georgie Fame – Hammond organ, backing vocals
- Ronnie Johnson – electric guitar
- Nicky Scott – bass guitar
- Candy Dulfer – alto saxophone
- Kate St John – tenor saxophone, cor anglais
- Teena Lyle – backing vocals, Hammond organ, percussion, vibraphone
- Jonn Savannah – backing vocals, Hammond organ
- Geoff Dunn – drums
- Howard Francis – Hammond organ, piano
- Paul Robinson – drums
- John Allair – Hammond organ
- Richard Cousins – bass guitar
- Kevin Hayes – drums
Album - UK Album Chart
|1993||UK Album Chart||4|
Album - Billboard (North America)
|1993||The Billboard 200||29|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Gold||50,000^|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Gold||7,500^|
|Norway (IFPI Norway)||Gold||25,000*|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||60,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- Allmusic review
- Kot, Greg (8 July 1993). "Too Long in Exile". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
- Entertainment Weekly review
- Rolling Stone review
- Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Van Morrison". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 559–561. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
- Christgau, Robert (28 September 1993). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
- Hinton (1997), p. 311
- "Essential Recordings of the 90's". Rolling Stone: 58. 13 May 1999.
- Chart Stats: Van Morrison
- "Canadian album certifications – Van Morrison – Too Long in Exile". Music Canada. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
- "New Zealand album certifications – Van Morrison – Too Long in Exile". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
- "IFPI Norsk platebransje Trofeer 1993–2011" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
- "British album certifications – Van Morrison – Too Long in Exile". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 5 June 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Too Long in Exile in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.