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Hard Nose the Highway (1973)

Van Morrison
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Folk rock, Rhythm and blues

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Hard Nose the Highway is the seventh album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). The album contains the single "Warm Love" that has also become a fan favourite.
It is his first solo album to contain songs not written by Morrison. A cover version of the song "Bein' Green", usually associated with Kermit the Frog is included, and a take of the traditional song "Purple Heather".
Recorded during a series of prolific recording sessions, there was more than enough material to fill a double-album. Morrison proposed the idea to Warner Bros. Records, but he was ultimately convinced to release a single LP. During the recording sessions held between August and November 1972, there were nearly thirty songs recorded in all, with at least three quarters of them original compositions. A few leftover tracks were saved or re-recorded for future albums like Veedon Fleece, but most would not see release until 1998's compilation of outtakes, The Philosopher's Stone, when nine of the songs would be used. Biographer Clinton Heylin suggested that "only 'Warm Love' and 'Hard Nose the Highway' could have sat comfortably alongside 'rejects' like 'Madame

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Tracks

4:36 Snow in San Anselmo
5:14 Hard Nose the Highway
4:20 Wild Children
4:52 The Great Deception
4:21 Bein' Green
10:36 Autumn Song
5:43 Purple Heather
3:23 Warm Love
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