Sony’s Legacy Recordings has acquired a massive portion of singer-songwriter Van Morrison’s catalog. The material, which spans his work in ’60s rock band Them and solo recordings after the year 1971, covers more than 50 years of his career. Many of the newly-acquired albums will become available through all streaming services beginning Friday, as will a 37-track career-spanning anthology titled Essential Van Morrison, according to a press release.
The acquisition marks an important step for Morrison, because much of his catalog has never been available for streaming or digital purchase. Furthermore, many of the albums have been out-of-print in any format for “as long as 15 years.”
“Van Morrison is one of the great singers, performers and musical artists in the history of recorded music,” Legacy Recordings president Adam Block said in the release. “He continues to touch the hearts and souls of millions with the emotional power and spiritual truths of his songs. Legacy Recordings is proud to partner with Van to help him protect and curate his astounding catalog and to be given the opportunity to bring his music to whole new generations of fans around the world.”
That music, however, won’t include the artist’s beloved early solo albums. But although 1968’s Astral Weeks and 1970’s Moondance predate the terms of the Legacy deal, they are currently available for streaming via major services.