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  • Van Morrison, the iconic Northern Irish singer-songwriter, is crafting a new studio album that he’ll release through Blue Note Records this fall nearly a four years after his last album 2008’s Keep It Simple.

    The album, entitled Born To Sing: No Plan B follows Morrison’s 33rd studio album of completely new material.

    Studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It’s Too Late to Stop Now, have been widely lauded as among the greatest albums ever recorded, and Morrison has a dedicated fan base.

    Morrison produced and recorded in his native Belfast, Ireland, once torn by sectarian violence over British occupation. He broke through as a solo artist in 1967 with “Brown Eyed Girl.” He recorded Astral and Moondance, shortly afterward.

    While the former was not well received, largely because it may have been ahead of its time, Moondance was hailed as a masterpiece right off the bat. Oddly, Astral is now considered his best work.

    He’s won six Grammy Awards an has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.