Van Morrison: your views please

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I'm deep into the music of Van Morrison:

* Peerless, soulful voice.

* Gifted musician - guitar, alto sax, harmonica....

* Several hundred original compositions.

* Consistently high standard of album releases.

* Outstanding live performer.

I'd be very interested to hear what others think of Van the Man.

Gerry Smith, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

You have me at a loss. I have an enormous gut feeling that Van "The Man" is absolutely dreadful and the living antithesis of all I hold dear about music (make that "this week's living antithesis...") BUT I don't have a shred of evidence to back it up.

Tom, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yes agreed, but also several rather polished but tiresomely dull albums (Into the music/poetic champions compose/Day like this etc).

I'm glad you didn't say consistently high standard of live performance as he's done both one of the best and worst concerts I've ever been to. First in Glasgow around about 89' he was simply transcendent. The second at the same venue a year later he just couldn't be arsed, sloppy, insulting, bigoted, mean spirited wank. I think he'd got one of the roadies to yodel as a support and he was better than Van the Man that night.

He looks cool in a fedora though.
Billy Dods, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

And someone should tell Georgie Fame and Brian Kennedy to fuck off. Sycophantic bastards the pair of them.

Billy Dods, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i love brown-eyed girl.

ethan, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I think you'd like Them, Tom. I personally have not an iota of Celtic Soul abt me, and no longer cares who knows it. Moondance is kinda OK, and I like the way he was photographed on Astral Weeks to look more Kris Kristofferson than he actually ever did. At all.

mark s, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hearing the original "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" at my cousin's wedding for the couple's first dance was in fact a bit of a revelation, though admittedly in part because I was so used to the Rod Stewart borefest remake of same. But I honestly think I could get by with just a homemade CDR of highlights.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The entire "Astral Weeks" album is just lovely, a perfect example of LP as self-contained work of art. I know he has other good (and bad) stuff, but "Astral Weeks" is on my "must own" list.

Sean, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

He's an easy target of mockery(around here anyway): the antithesis of post-punk, earnest caterwauling hippy mystic and faux jazz self- flagellation, a widebellied little big boss man but if you can get past all that TB Sheets & Astral Weeks are their own rewards. He radiates a kind of anticharisma from those beady little eyes, and even the narrators of his songs are unlikeable - squeamish at the sickbed of an ex-lover, vaguely pedophilic li'l schoolgirl lechery all over the place, and there's a dark narcissicism underlying everything. But somehow, I love those records.

fritz, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I like both Astral Weeks and Moondance a lot. Astral Weeks has that sort of unnameable dream quality that I associate with Neutral Milk Hotel. Like the compositions are steered by something very interntal, possibly unconcious. And boy, the bass playing on that record is so nice.

He's got so much & I know so little. I also like "Wavelength". Some of those long mid-70s pieces like "Listen to the Lion" are pretty painful.

Mark, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

What I wrote on the 'frat-rock' thread, i.e., should've stopped after 'Gloria'. Morrison = Meat Loaf with a Celtic burden of significance instead of cheezy American humour.

dave q, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Gerry - do you have that notorious 'contractual obligation' album he did to piss off Bang Records? (Includes "Here Comes Dumb George" and "The Big Royalty Cheque", I gather he had a bit of a beef with Bert Burns.) Now that I would love to hear.

dave q, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Those demos have been released on various semi-legit comps - 'Garbage Van' is my fave!

, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Since THEM, Van = A Turdburger.

Dr. C, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

van morrison. please come on. let me have a big yaaaaaaaaaawn.

alex in mainhattan, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

There are a lot of very good reasons to dislike Van Morrison. 'Astral Weeks' isn't one of them, you can forgive just about anything after that.

stevo, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

On which album can I find more songs like "Wild Nights"? Any suggestions? It's the only song by VM I really love. Really love. I have access to a good dozen of his records at the local phonothèque (cd library), but every time I pick one up, I'm not in the mood for folky stuff and that's all I seem to get. So I dont really listen to it. Did VM ever write other swinging songs about boys doing the boogie-woogie on the corner of the street?

Simon, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Van is useless, has been since Them, and has inspired more shit music than anyone not called Bob Dylan, but there's an absolute pearler of a story about him in retired PR Keith Altman's 'No More Mr Nice Guy' should anyone want to hear it.

Snotty Moore, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Like "Wild Nights" - "Domino", "Bright Side of the Road", "Jackie Wilson Said". All on the Greatest Hits album which is essential, since it gathers up all the best bits from some extremely dodgy albums. You also need "Saint Dominic's Preview" and "Astral Weeks", but almost every other Van M album consists of a few good tracks (which will be on the compilation) and lots of padding.

Andrew Norman, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...
[check]

g, Tuesday, 18 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

[check 2] now now -- blocking threads like that isn't very nice!

Mrs. Grundy, Tuesday, 18 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

[check 3] Hmm... try this, maybe?

Mrs. Grundy, Tuesday, 18 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

What in god's name happened to this thread?

Michael Daddino, Tuesday, 18 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Beautiful Vision, perfect album

dn, Wednesday, 10 July 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
Van Morrison's Greatest Hits doesn't has neither "TB Sheets" nor "The Way That Young Lovers Do." In fact, it doesn't have anything at all from Astral Weeks. I tried to convince my mom that she ought to throw it away and just buy his first five or six albums or whatever. She was having none of that.

Ian John50n (orion), Sunday, 14 November 2004 18:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

oh, I guess it has "Sweet Thing" on it, and it's not Greatest Hits it's The Best of BUT STILL. NO TB SHEETS. THAT IS UNFUCKINGACCEPTABLE.

Ian John50n (orion), Sunday, 14 November 2004 18:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Cannot stand him, honestly.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 14 November 2004 19:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Why is this thread all fucked-up looking? Anyway Astral Weeks is like the greatest thing ever okbye.

djdee2005 (djdee2005), Sunday, 14 November 2004 20:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Astral Weeks is an awful, sickly wedding cake of wobbly self-indulgence.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 14 November 2004 21:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I love Astral Weeks! And Mad T.V.!

scott seward (scott seward), Sunday, 14 November 2004 22:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

What I wrote on the 'frat-rock' thread, i.e., should've stopped after 'Gloria'. Morrison = Meat Loaf with a Celtic burden of significance instead of cheezy American humour. -- dave q (scrape10...), October 17th, 2001.

dave q., as usual, nails it. still, i give a thumb's up to astral weeks and moondance, and bits and pieces of all the rest.

Eisbär (llamasfur), Sunday, 14 November 2004 23:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

WTF IS with this thread anyway?

and didn't someone on ILX once post a rilly funny story about some (REALLY disgusting) thing that van's (understandably) pissed-off stage musicians did to one of his harmonicas?!?

Eisbär (llamasfur), Sunday, 14 November 2004 23:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

ok i found it:

Van Morrison is a prize curmudgeon by all accounts, which gives me an opportunity to pinch this from the rocking vicar
Van's Daily Dump
Van Morrison insists on his band turning up to rehearsals at bang on 8.30am, although Van himself often doesn't turn up until ten, and then goes straight to the toilet with a copy of Exchange & Mart to have a dump. One day, the band got so cross that they waited until Van was engaged and then, one by one, tip-toed over to Van's Sacred Harmonica Bag, full of harmonicas Van has collected from around the world, picked a specimen, and rubbed it in their anal clefts. Even now, when you see Van on Later, his band seemed particularly delighted when he does a harmonica solo.


-- Billy Dods (butterbubble...), September 4th, 2002.

Eisbär (llamasfur), Sunday, 14 November 2004 23:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I love Astral Weeks to bits, but I've never felt the need to get anything else.

noodle vague (noodle vague), Sunday, 14 November 2004 23:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Fixored this fuxor. Should be readable now.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Monday, 15 November 2004 03:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Thanks Sean; you're a treat.

Ian John50n (orion), Monday, 15 November 2004 03:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Alex in NYC maybe MAYBE has a big lump of coal where his heart is.

Maybe.


Astral Weeks = very necessary.

The rest = meh. Ups and downs.

skowly (skowly), Monday, 15 November 2004 04:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i like veedon fleece.

bulbs (bulbs), Monday, 15 November 2004 04:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I find him dull except for Them.

Out of context, that would be a strange sentence.

Hurting (Hurting), Monday, 15 November 2004 04:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Them + pretty much everything up to 1974 classic - although the amount of love lavished on Astral Weeks is a bit perplexing and St. Dominic's Preview in particular really should receive far more love than it seems to.

Nothing I've heard from him since 1974 seems to come close - although I'd be interested to see what other ILMers think of some of his more recent albums (especially Back On Top, Down The Road, What's Wrong With This Picture) since I have recently been entertaining the (probably fanciful) notion that he's about due for a sudden and unexpected return to form.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Monday, 15 November 2004 04:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

As somebody said on the Rod Stewart thread, that Fritz can really tell it like it is.

This message is not for Van haters, but for Van fans. I first got hip to Van when I saw the "Last Waltz." When he came out I thought "who the heck is that little fat guy, he's all flabby and dressed in a brown pantsuit? He looks like a middle-aged lady. On top of that he's doing this ridiculous chorus-line kicking." Then I kept listening and I shut up. His was the most definitive performance in the movie, his and Muddy Waters.

About Van sideman and territory-sharer Georgie Fame, who was dissed above: I saw Georgie once at Ronnie Scott's in London, and he put on one good show. He did one bit where, in a tribute to his former boss, he sang a medley of Moondance and some African song from a movie soundtrack (was it one of those Cornel Wilde things?) that was pretty damn great.

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 15 November 2004 04:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Them's version of 'Its all over now, baby blue' is classic. Astral weeks is obviously amazing. I don't give a fuck about anything else he did, and neither should anyone else.

prov, Monday, 15 November 2004 06:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I think the haters maybe don't like Van because of his jazz leanings. C'mon people, who do you think he is, Sting? The

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 15 November 2004 06:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

A second for 'Beautiful Vision.' Great album that my folks used to put on when I was 7 or 8. Don't know if I'd have the same reaction to it if I heard it for the first time now, though.

57 7th (calstars), Monday, 15 November 2004 17:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I don't like him b/c the timbre of his voice grates on me for some reason. Sorry, VM lovers!!

Pashmina (Pashmina), Monday, 15 November 2004 17:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"the antithesis of post-punk, earnest caterwauling hippy mystic and faux jazz self- flagellation"

I've never thought of Van Morrison as hippy-anything (or especially earnest, for that matter). Unlike the faux-mysticism of, say, Led Zeppelin, Van's lyrics steer clear of gnomes and m'ladys, are grounded instead in back alleys, snowstorms, trains, Safeway supermarkets, and memory. More importantly, the music is equally grounded: in r&b. His 70's catalogue (Moondance, Tupelo Honey, St Dominick's Preview, Hardnose the Highway, Veedon Fleece, and though it's '69, Astral Weeks belongs in this group too) is at least as strong as Al Green's. After that, for the most part it seems like he started reading a bit too much of his own press: yes, the mysticism did start to grate. I've been listening to him a lot again. He good.

Burr (Burr), Monday, 15 November 2004 19:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

He's supposedly a mean drunk.

shookout (shookout), Monday, 15 November 2004 19:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Unlike the faux-mysticism of, say, Led Zeppelin, Van's lyrics steer clear of gnomes and m'ladys,
??? Sorry, those two terms do not appear anywhere in any LZ song.

57 7th (calstars), Monday, 15 November 2004 19:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Sorry, I should have said dark lords and elders of the gentle race.

Burr (Burr), Monday, 15 November 2004 19:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Thank you, that'll be fine.

57 7th (calstars), Monday, 15 November 2004 19:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Nice

tylerw, Thursday, 12 November 2015 01:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Have heard the solo stuff is coming early next year. Still not heard what exactly is coming whether it's the 4 initially announced to get Legacy Deluxe releases or a much larger selection.

I have The Story Of Them but will probably grab this upgrade.

Got the new Astral Weeks playing now and its great.

Stevolende, Thursday, 12 November 2015 07:44 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

You what's the rumpus with this? Tyler tweeted it last night, can't seem to find any more details

http://www.amazon.com/Its-Too-Late-Stop-Volumes/dp/B01EMP3WOY/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1461686090&sr=1-1&keywords=Volumes+II%2C+III%2C+IV

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 26 April 2016 16:51 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah, apparently all previously unreleased stuff from the same shows as it's too late to stop now + a DVD of a rainbow theatre gig, which has rarely been seen (i think it was on youtube for a bit, but i've never seen it). haven't seen a tracklisting yet. should be totally great.

tylerw, Tuesday, 26 April 2016 16:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Think I may have the Rainbow thing of dvd. Seems to have dialogue duplicating things on the lp, but he may have some of the same things repeated at the same spot in different shows.
I got it from Minus Zero about 8 or 9 years back but think it may be something that was torrented in a few places. It came with a cd of related audio I think. Cd split when I took it out of the dvd case. Shame, I like the band from then.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 26 April 2016 17:31 (one year ago) Permalink

Was it a tv broadcast from the time?

Stevolende, Tuesday, 26 April 2016 17:32 (one year ago) Permalink

&is this likely to mean a bunch of Van back catalogue appearing on cd at last? Been best part of a year by then since the digital d/lds appeared. 10 months?

Stevolende, Tuesday, 26 April 2016 17:37 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah i think it's all trickling out.
the rainbow film was broadcast on the BBC in 1974 I think?

tylerw, Tuesday, 26 April 2016 17:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Disc: 1
1. Come Running
2. These Dreams of You
3. The Way Young Lovers Do
4. Snow in San Anselmo
5. I Just Want to Make Love to You
6. Bring It on Home to Me
7. Purple Heather
8. Hey, Good Lookin'
9. Bein' Green
10. Brown Eyed Girl
11. Listen to the Lion
12. Hard Nose the Highway
13. Moondance
14. Cyprus Avenue
15. Caravan

Disc: 2
1. I've Been Working
2. There There Child
3. No Way
4. Since I Fell for You
5. Wild Night
6. I Paid the Price
7. Domino
8. Gloria
9. Buona Sera
10. Moonshine Whiskey
11. Ain't Nothing You Can Do
12. Take Your Hand Out of My Pocket
13. Sweet Thing
14. Into the Mystic
15. I Believe to My Soul

Disc: 3
1. Listen to the Lion
2. I Paid the Price
3. Bein' Green
4. Since I Fell for You
5. Into the Mystic
6. Everyone
7. I Believe to My Soul
8. Sweet Thing
9. I Just Want to Make Love to You
10. Wild Children
11. Here Comes the Night
12. Buona Sera
13. Domino
14. Caravan
15. Cyprus Avenue

Disc: 4
1. Here Comes the Night
2. I Just Want to Make Love to You
3. Brown Eyed Girl
4. Moonshine Whiskey
5. Moondance
6. Help Me
7. Domino
8. Caravan
9. Cyprus Avenue

tylerw, Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:44 (one year ago) Permalink

listening to the original it's too late, and damn it remains so good

tylerw, Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:50 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah that's the definitive version of Caravan in my estimation, so joyful

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:05 (one year ago) Permalink

Do Love the Caledonian Soul Orchestra. What i've heard from him live from around that time has been pretty great, as long as the sound is good.

he's pretty good throughout '74 too I think. Though CSO cease to be sometime during that.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:15 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah i find myself wondering about all the people who played w/ van during this time ... how good they are, and how they seem to disappear after van gives them the boot!

tylerw, Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Revival of this thread finally got me to some of the music linked from Tyler's great blog, like the sets in this post (though better to do Google Advanced Search than tumblr's own search semi-function)http://doomandgloomfromthetomb.tumblr.com/post/77389633507/van-morrison-live-at-the-lions-share-san

dow, Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:35 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah i find myself wondering about all the people who played w/ van during this time ... how good they are, and how they seem to disappear after van gives them the boot!

― tylerw, Wednesday, April 27, 2016 12:17 PM (45 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ha, yeah, the last time I listened to it I thought, hm, ok, these are obviously big-deal players, wonder who they are? Didn't recognize a single name.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 27 April 2016 17:04 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah, i assume a lot of 'em in the early to mid-70s are bay area session dudes ... maybe i'm just looking in the wrong places for them. would be interesting to read an oral history from van's sidemen. i imagine some of it wouldn't be pretty.

tylerw, Wednesday, 27 April 2016 17:11 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh well yknow Morrison had some well-known jazz musicians (and Ronnie Montrose) on previous albums, but the only name that comes to mind re mid-70s Caledonia Soul is John Platania, who also played with Raitt, Newman, a bunch of others back then, and even got back with Van for the 2000s live album verion of Astral Weeks---how is that, btw??

dow, Thursday, 28 April 2016 01:05 (one year ago) Permalink

i've never heard that live astral weeks ... not sure if i really want to.

tylerw, Friday, 29 April 2016 21:15 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

new album sounds good!

niels, Sunday, 16 October 2016 17:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

Van still seems very cranky, though:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/van-morrison-on-blues-roots-rock-roll-bulls--t-w441824

niels, Sunday, 16 October 2016 17:40 (seven months ago) Permalink

what's new

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 16 October 2016 17:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

Exactly

Special Derrida Blues (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 16 October 2016 18:38 (seven months ago) Permalink

i like the new one a lot, v autumnal

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Sunday, 16 October 2016 20:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

Cranky or not looking forward to seeing him tomorrow night in SF.

that's not my post, Sunday, 16 October 2016 20:45 (seven months ago) Permalink

Cool, let us know how it goes!

niels, Sunday, 16 October 2016 21:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

Is there still now news about the reissue of the cd catalogue?
Was really hoping to get at least the early 70s studio stuff.

Stevolende, Sunday, 16 October 2016 21:37 (seven months ago) Permalink

The Van show at Davies Symphony Hall in SF was fantastic. His voice has held up amazingly well. Hardly said boo to the audience and when he did talk it was mostly mumbles. Some of the lyrics were mumbly as well. But no bother, the band was hot and Van was there to preach.

that's not my post, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 05:53 (seven months ago) Permalink

damn str8, I'll make sure to catch him next time he's in Denmark (tho tickets are v v expensive...)

apparently he needs the money

niels, Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:48 (seven months ago) Permalink

does he really? that is too bad -- I just assume that these older dudes with huge catalogs are pretty well off at the end of the day. But I guess it all depends on a bunch of factors.

tylerw, Wednesday, 19 October 2016 17:44 (seven months ago) Permalink

I'm sure he's not poor, but probably not swimming in cash either. And if I were Van, I would be cranky too...imagine getting screwed out of the royalties for Brown Eyed Girl.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 19 October 2016 18:03 (seven months ago) Permalink

yeah that song has to be one of the most played tracks of the past 50 years -- he really makes zero dollars off it?

tylerw, Wednesday, 19 October 2016 18:08 (seven months ago) Permalink

I don't know about zero, but he definitely got a small percentage of what it earned. I recall seeing somewhere that it's the single most downloaded song of the entire 1960s.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 19 October 2016 18:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

Don't know about royalties for Brown Eyed Girl but there are plenty of interviews where he talks about being dead broke in the late 60s. Astral Weeks, no surprise, wasn't much of a seller. Said he did Moondance to make some $$. At the show on Monday he was at his best singing the blues.

that's not my post, Thursday, 20 October 2016 05:23 (seven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I think Astral Weeks only took off after a couple of years.

The early 70s stuff is great, so wish they would come along with the cd reissues if they're happening. Not sure why I didn't get St Dominic's Preview in the last remaster. Probably thought it would be around for a while so prioritised other stuff. Then next time I looked for it it was gone, seemed like that 00ies series of reissues disappeared over night.
Also looks like it might not have got as far as SDP while I definitely got Veedon Fleece and It's Too Late To Stop Now in it

Stevolende, Thursday, 20 October 2016 08:01 (seven months ago) Permalink

xpost If Van Morrison is really having financial problems then he's either very careless with his money or he's got the worst manager ever. He's had a ton of songs covered by other artists and featured in big movies. He's got to be raking in royalties. "Brown Eyed Girl" was a long time ago.

Jazzbo, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:32 (seven months ago) Permalink

It's on the internet so it must be true.
http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/rock-stars/van-morrison-net-worth/

Jazzbo, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:37 (seven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I think Astral Weeks only took off after a couple of years.

More like a couple of decades, I think. I recall a 1987 issue of RS saying it had sold fewer than 100,000 copies.

But hey, Van, I bet if you released that 1968 live version of Astral Weeks that Peter Wolf has tapes of, that'd bring in some cash. Just sayin'.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

He may be down to his last million. I can't believe he needs the money. Jazzbo otm.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 20 October 2016 15:00 (seven months ago) Permalink

You have a drive to do this – writing, recording, touring – your own way.
It's not a drive. It's what I do. It's like Robbie Robertson said to me: "It's like breathing." I've been doing a lot of touring in the past several years because I need the money. I was running out of money, paying for a lot of stuff. I had to go out there again.

niels, Thursday, 20 October 2016 15:53 (seven months ago) Permalink

I think the renown for Astral Weeks came a long way before 87. It was on a few Best of all time lists a while before that.
I've heard that it was popular on the hippy trail in the early 70s

I got a copy on Original Rock Classics sometime in the mid 80s, or slightly earlier that I've just seen came out in 74. Would think that indicated that whatever label thought it worthy of release in that form recognised it was likely to sell.

Would like to hear that 68 live set. Have enjoyed the early 70s ones I've heard.

Stevolende, Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:07 (seven months ago) Permalink

yeah, it must've been highly esteemed at some point (see Lester Bangs' Stranded essay), but probably only became a "major" record in the CD era.

tylerw, Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:08 (seven months ago) Permalink

Kicked your gift-horse in the teeth
Crowd gathered round in the street
You killed your saviour new one can't be found
Talk is cheap your saviour's highway bound

brimstead, Saturday, 29 October 2016 21:07 (six months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I gotta rep for "inarticulate speech of the heart" as far as 80s van goes. immense album.

― blank, Tuesday, October 2, 2012 8:39 PM (four years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This is my favorite Van, his "Avalon"

Iago Galdston, Sunday, 22 January 2017 15:09 (four months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

My list of hi sthirty-two best.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 01:59 (one month ago) Permalink

Hmmm. You've got some great ones on there no doubt. But I'm a petty, small minded man and I need to say it.

No Saint Dominic's Preview, no Astral Weeks, no credibility. Those are my 2 favorite Van songs. Almost Independence Day is up there too.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 03:45 (one month ago) Permalink

"Common One" kicks ass!

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 06:56 (one month ago) Permalink

underrated

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 06:59 (one month ago) Permalink

Finally got the vol 2,3,4 ITLTSN cos I found it cheap on Amazon. It looks to be standard £5+ cheaper than it was btw, I got for even less.
But still hoping more early stuff gets reissued. Has anybody heard anything about that?

Stevolende, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 07:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Next reish appears to be an "Authorized" collection of the Bang Records stuff.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 07:51 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

days before rock n roll on radio atm at work

have we ever polled 'worse tracks in history?' asking for a friend

spud called maris (darraghmac), Friday, 19 May 2017 10:55 (one week ago) Permalink


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