Van Morrison has released a new single and video from his highly-anticipated studio album Roll with the Punches, which will drop on Sept. 22 via Caroline Records. The new single “Transformation” features star-studded contributions from fellow U.K. heavyweights Jeff Beck, Chris Farlowe and Jason Rebello.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer revealed the big news via a press release posted Aug. 16 at MSO. “Transformation” is the first original song to surface from the upcoming album and is a follow-up to the lead release, which was a cover of the legendary Sam Cooke's 1962 soul classic “Bring it on Home to Me.”
Along with release of the studio version of “Transformation,” the six-time Grammy winner has also released a live video performance of the song. The video footage was filmed during The Belfast Belter's concert on July 11 in London at Porchester Hall.
“I was lucky to have met people who were the real thing,” writes Morrison in the press release. “I got to hang out with them and absorb what they did. They were people with no ego whatsoever and they helped me learn a lot.”
Roll with the Punches is the multi-platinum seller's 37th studio album overall and contains 15 tracks. Produced by Van The Man himself, the album features a combination of originals and covers of R&B classics and is available for pre-order here in a variety of bundles in CD, digital and vinyl formats.
Morrison recently wrapped up European tour leg and will return to the U.S. for a string of dates on Sept. 10 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, at Hersheypark Stadium as part of Outlaw Music Festival. The brief fall romp will wrap up with a two-night stand Oct. 20 - Oct. 21 in Oakland, California at the Fox Theater.