The fact that this is the 42nd studio album from Van The Man is impressive enough, but when you consider that he’s now 75 and still going strong, it’s very hard not to be impressed by Latest Record Project Volume 1.
Much like the majority of his releases, he skips from Blues, Soul and Jazz effortlessly throughout the 28 tracks (yes, you read that right) featured on this double album. He’s certainly got a few bones to pick with modern life as we know it (he really doesn’t like social media), and it’s great to hear him having a pop at the Tories on ‘They Own The Media’. Elsewhere, he’s clearly not happy about the lockdown either as he sings “No life, no gigs, no choice, no voice” on ‘Deadbeat Saturday Night’.
As always, the musicianship is second to none, and there’s even a hark back to the Van of yesteryear on tracks ‘Up County Down’ and ‘Dupers Delight’.
Although I may disagree with some of his ‘issues’ here, I cannot fault what’s on display. The King of Celtic Soul still has it by the bucketload, and long may he continue.