1977 Van Morrison – A Period Of Transition

A Period Of Transition is the ninth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1977. It was his first album in two-and-a-half years, largely forgotten or overlooked by most casual fans. At the time of its release it was received with some disappointment by critics and fans: “Most were hoping for a work of primeval vocal aggression that would challenge the emerging élite of Morrison pretenders, whose ranks included Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Phil Lynott, Graham Parker and Elvis Costello.”  However, the album is still notable for several major compositions, including “Heavy Connection”, “Flamingos Fly”, “The Eternal Kansas City” and “Cold Wind in August”.

Morrison had appeared in The Last Waltz with Mac Rebennack (Dr. John) who was a co-producer on this album as well as playing keyboards and guitar.


1  You Gotta Make It Through The World (Van Morrison) 05:10
2  It Fills You Up (Van Morrison) 04:32
3  The Eternal Kansas City (Van Morrison) 05:23
4  Joyous Sound (Van Morrison) 02:50
5  Flamingos Fly (Van Morrison) 04:38
6  Heavy Connection (Van Morrison) 05:24
7  Cold Wind In August (Van Morrison) 05:48


BassReginald McBride
DrumsOllie E. Brown
GuitarMarlo Henderson
Acoustic GuitarVan Morrison
KeyboardsMac Rebennack
SaxJerry Jumonville
SaxJoel Peskin
TrumpetMark Underwood
PercussionOllie E. Brown
Background VocalsGerald Garrett
Background VocalsCandy Nash
Background VocalsCarlena Williams
Background VocalsGregory Wright
Background VocalsJoe Powell
Background VocalsPaulette Parker
Background VocalsRobbie Montgomery
Background VocalsRoger Saint Kennerly
Background VocalsTony McVey
VocalsVan Morrison

Other Musicians

1 You Gotta Make It Through The World

GuitarVan Morrison

2 It Fills You Up

GuitarMac Rebennack

Liner Notes

Producer – Mac Rebennack, Van Morrison
Arranged By – Mac Rebennack, Van Morrison
Engineer – Gary Ladinsky
Engineer (Assistant) – Bart Johnson, Mick Glossop, Mike Beiriger, Richard Kaplan

Art Direction, Design – AGI Hollywood, Mike Doud
Design Concept – Van Morrison
Photography – Kenneth McGowan

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