Linden Arden POLL the Highlights--ILM Van Morrison Poll Results

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Here we go...

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 15:45 (two months ago) Permalink

22 ballots.
16 albums.
154 songs.

Albums first.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 15:46 (two months ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/shqtYOI.jpg

Hard Nose the Highway
Tied for 12th place
One vote, 28 points

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 15:48 (two months ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/5D0TB7C.jpg

T.B. Sheets
Tied for 12th place
One vote, 28 points

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 15:54 (two months ago) Permalink

just a guy with a guitar in his apartment feelin mad about the music business

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 3 August 2017 15:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Here's a surprise...

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 15:57 (two months ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/zvoTE3k.jpg

Tupelo Honey
Tied for 12th place
One vote, 28 points

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 15:59 (two months ago) Permalink

just a lady on a horse goin for a walk with a guy who's mad at the music business

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Is there a worse Van lyric than this bit from Old Old Woodstock?

And my woman's waiting
By the kitchen door
I'm driving along
In my old beat up car

Ford, Van. Ford rhymes so much better with door!

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:09 (two months ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/ymToaOq.jpg

Enlightenment
Tied for 11th place
One vote, 30 points

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:20 (two months ago) Permalink

whoa!

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:22 (two months ago) Permalink

great record

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:22 (two months ago) Permalink

a surprise

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Next one was the biggest revelation for me. I hadn't heard it until this poll, and it's fantastic.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:27 (two months ago) Permalink

gotta be Common One

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:28 (two months ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/XfjptVi.jpg

No Guru, No Method, No Teacher
Tied for 11th place
One vote, 30 points

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:29 (two months ago) Permalink

i guess i was the only one vote for no guru. like an older, wiser, gentler veedon fleece

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Yes. I'm not sure it would have cracked my top 5, but I do really love this record now.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:35 (two months ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/J3Xp1PP.jpg

Avalon Sunset
Tied for 11th place
One vote, 30 points

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:36 (two months ago) Permalink

a much better record than i remembered, really enjoyed revisiting it for the poll

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:36 (two months ago) Permalink

"contacting my angel" is a+ drifting spiritual van

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh man I messed that up already. That will be the first of many...

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Correction

http://i.imgur.com/uMURN99.jpg

Avalon Sunset
Tied for 10th place
One vote, 33 points

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:39 (two months ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/YQ67HKd.jpg

The Angry Young Them
Tied for 10th place
One vote, 33 points

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:43 (two months ago) Permalink

That was the last of the ties, and albums with just one vote.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:48 (two months ago) Permalink

oh i did not know them was eligible! not sure it would have changed my albums ballot tho

i think common one is gonna place way higher on ilm than it would anywhere else

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:49 (two months ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/abJjJAX.jpg

Irish Heartbeat
9th place
Two votes, 71 points

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:50 (two months ago) Permalink

unbelievably gorgeous album that i didn't vote for no. 1

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:56 (two months ago) Permalink

I nearly voted no guru. the title track live in 1990-ish was IMMENSE for me.

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:57 (two months ago) Permalink

i think common one is gonna place way higher on ilm than it would anywhere else

not sure if true but I don't know one Van Morrison head who doesn't rank it high

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:57 (two months ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/KwJ0Lnb.jpg


His Band and the Street Choir
8th place
Six votes, 191 points

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:00 (two months ago) Permalink

whoa

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:03 (two months ago) Permalink

When an album as strong as Street Choir is only considered your 8th best, you know you're good.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:04 (two months ago) Permalink

going to enjoy this rollout, I'm a Van fan but i admit that i don't know much of his music beyond some early cuts and Astral Weeks/Moondance/Tupelo Honey -- the latter of which is the one i listen to the most, kinda surprised and intrigued by its low placement here.

nomar, Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:06 (two months ago) Permalink

really love Irish Heartbeat too

nomar, Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:06 (two months ago) Permalink

i was weirded out by the low placement of tupelo honey as well, but i didn't vote for it so lol

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:07 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah i almost feel bad but you can only pick 5!

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:11 (two months ago) Permalink

Yes. If it was a top ten albums, I think Tupelo would have fared better. It's safe to say that domesticated Woodstock lover man Van is not ILM's favorite.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Mild shocker ahead...

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:13 (two months ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/EZ6lLEI.jpg

Into the Music
7th place
7 votes, 200 points

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:14 (two months ago) Permalink

big vote jump with the last two

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:18 (two months ago) Permalink

into the music is perfect from start to finish

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Yes. I included every album that got votes.

I figured Into The Music would be higher.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:21 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah, figured top 5 for sure

Gaspard de la Nuit: III. ScarJost (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:22 (two months ago) Permalink

Without giving too much away, Into The Music is probably not weird enough for ILM Van voters.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:26 (two months ago) Permalink

idk man those last two tracks are p weird

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:27 (two months ago) Permalink

i almost voted "steppin' out queen" as my no. 1 track bc it's just a perfectly-arranged, everything-in-its-right-place van song

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:28 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah "you know" is v weird

Gaspard de la Nuit: III. ScarJost (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:28 (two months ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/iZXgDPh.jpg

It's Too Late To Stop Now
6th place
8 votes, one #1
277 points

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:29 (two months ago) Permalink

way too low, best live album i've ever heard

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Thought it's be Days Like This.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 August 2017 22:16 (two months ago) Permalink

1. Bein; Green
from Hard Nose The Highway
22 votes, 699 points

rock and roll tucci coo (voodoo chili), Monday, 7 August 2017 22:17 (two months ago) Permalink

surprisingly few isolated performances of "caravan" on youtube but this one has high kicks AND high jumps!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrVvayRFMeA

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 7 August 2017 22:17 (two months ago) Permalink

voted for too late to stop now's caravan as number one.

the ultimate live performance of any song.

rock and roll tucci coo (voodoo chili), Monday, 7 August 2017 22:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Here is every other song that received votes. Highest first...

Brand New Day
Crazy Love
Whenever God Shines His Light
You Know What They're Writing About
Orangefield
Vanlose Stairway
Irish Heartbeat
You’re My Woman
Kingdom Hall
Full Force Gale
Have I Told You Lately
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Moonshine Whiskey
Queen of the Slipstream
I Forgot That Love Existed
In the Days Before Rock and Roll
Rave on John Donne
Rough God Goes Riding
Take Me Back
Wild Children
Not Supposed To Break Down
The Lion This Time
Someone Like You
Virgo Clowns
Drumshanbo Hustle
Old Old Woodstock
So Quiet in Here
My Lonely Sad Eyes
Call Me Up In Dreamland
I'm Tired Joey Boy
Marie's Wedding
When Heart Is Open
Avalon of the Heart
Goin Down To Monte Carlo
Sometimes We Cry
Thanks for the Information
I Can Only Give You Everything
Purple Heather
A Sense of Wonder
Friday’s Child
i’ll be your lover too
Ivory Tower
she moved through the fair
the burning ground
Celtic Ray
Come Here My Love
It’s Ain’t Easy Bein’ Green
It's All In The Game
On Hyndford Street
OneTwo Brown Eyes
You Gotta Make It Through The World
Hard Nose the Highway
I'm Not Feeling It Anymore
Oh The Warm Feeling
Flamingos Fly
In Tiburon
September Night
Days Like This
foreign window live Glaston87
Gypsy Queen
Higher Than the World
I Paid the Price
Come Running
Spanish Rose
Wild Honey
I Put A Spell On You
The Great Deception
All For Myself
Troubadours
Angeliou
Heavy Connection
Joe Harper Saturday Morning
Comfort You
Did Ya Get Healed
Don't You Know
Take It Where You Find It
Crazy Face
Satisfied
She Gives Me Religion
Street Choir
4% Pantomime (The Band)
Star of the County Down
You Make Me Feel So Free
Celtic New Year
Naked in the Jungle
Richard Cory
Spirit
the master’s eyes
Cry For Home
If I Ever Needed Someone
Precious Time
santa fe/beautiful obsession

kornrulez6969, Monday, 7 August 2017 22:18 (two months ago) Permalink

My friends, it has been a pleasure to run this poll. I'm now completely sick of Van Morrison and will not listen to him voluntarily for a couple years. But still, no regrettiance!

kornrulez6969, Monday, 7 August 2017 22:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Now if you'll excuse me, the record company has paid out for the wi-yee-ine.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 7 August 2017 22:20 (two months ago) Permalink

half a mile from the county fair, and the rain came pouring down

one of the greatest opening lines ever. It's like *boom* and you're there

Number None, Monday, 7 August 2017 22:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Thanks for running this poll
Madam George was my personal no.1 but you get up into that territory and all these songs are incredible, singular works of art it's hard to call it

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 00:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Thanks Kornrulez for running a fabulous poll. I was one of Astral Weeks #1 votes. Can't say that I would have predicted it would top the poll or even top the AW songs in the poll. Love that Linden Arden got the Sway vote, so well deserved. Not much to argue with in the results, the man has a lot great songs.

that's not my post, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 00:45 (two months ago) Permalink

thanks so much for doing this man. I don't do these ballot-submission polls -- or haven't, anyway -- but I had a lot of fun following this. these were my picks, I gave them all equal weight.

into the mystic
astral weeks
sweet thing
raglan road
in the garden
cyprus avenue
the way young lovers do
bright side of the road
stepping out queen
queen of the slipstream
the burning ground
linden arden stole the highlights
you don't pull no punches, but you don't push the river
caravan
and it stoned me
summertime in england
rough god goes riding
she moved through the fair
ballerina
madame george
wild night
domino
vanlose stairway
whenever God shines His light on me
and the healing has begun
moondance
sometimes we cry
brown-eyed girl
goin down to monte carlo
tupelo honey

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 00:54 (two months ago) Permalink

agreed, this was fun! thanks for running the poll. ranked poll:

Gloria
Sweet Thing
Into The Mystic
And It Stoned Me
Virgo Clowns
Warm Love
Linden Arden Stole The Highlights
Stepping Out Queen
(Straight to Your Heart) Like a Cannonball
Real Real Gone
My Lonely Sad Eyes
Old Old Woodstock
Purple Heather
Whenever God Shines His Light
Ivory Tower
Someone Like You
I'm Not Feeling It Anymore
In The Garden
Days Like This
Saint Dominic's Preview
I'll Be Your Lover, Too
Fair Play
Kingdom Hall
Haunts Of Ancient Peace
Country Fair
Take It Where You Find It
She Gives Me Religion
Sometimes We Cry
So Quiet In Here
Cry For Home

campreverb, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 01:12 (two months ago) Permalink

thank you so much kornrulez! here's my ranked ballot

Summertime in England
Irish Heartbeat
Cul de Sac
Tir Na Nog
Almost Independence Day
Linden Arden Stole the Highlights
Caravan
Steppin' Out Queen
Wonderful Remark
Take Me Back
Avalon of the Heart
Thanks for the Information
Saint Dominic's Preview
Orangefield
I Forgot That Love Existed
In the Garden
You Don't Pull no Punches, But You Don't Push the River
You're My Woman
Rave On, John Donne
And the Healing Has Begun
Sweet Thing
Slim Slow Slider
Cleaning Windows
So Quiet in Here
Contemplation Rose
A Sense of Wonder
And it Stoned Me
My Lonely Sad Eyes
Wavelength
Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)

albums
Common One
"...It's Too Late to Stop Now..."
Veedon Fleece
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher
Into the Music

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 01:18 (two months ago) Permalink

My list and commentary.

1. Full Force Gale
2. Listen to the Lion
3. Madame George
4. Jackie Wilson Said
5. Wild Night
6. Almost Independence Day
7. Cleaning Windows
8. Into the Mystic
9. Tupelo Honey
10. Someone Like You
11. Did Ye Get Healed?
12. Domino
13. Crazy Love
14. Give Me the Rapture
15. You Don’t Pull No Punches, But You Don’t Push the River
16. Wonderful Remark
17. And It Stoned Me
18. When the Leaves Come Falling Down
19. Fair Play
20. Queen of the Slipstream
21. Enlightenment
22. Caravan
23. Here Comes the Night
24. Sweet Thing
25. I’d Love to Write Another Song
26. In the Garden
27. And the Healing Has Begun
28. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
29. Moondance
30. Gloria
31. Mystic Eyes
32. Real Real Gone

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 01:26 (two months ago) Permalink

awesome poll, thank you kornrulez

Tracks (ranked)
Caravan (Live)
Everyone
Stepping Out Queen
Cyprus Avenue
Linden Arden Stole the Highlights
Glad Tidings
Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
The Way Young Lovers Do
Cul De Sac
Sweet Thing
Here Comes the Night (Them)
Streets of Arklow
And It Stoned Me
Astral Weeks
Redwood Tree
Into The Mystic
You Know What They're Writing About
Listen to the Lion
These Dreams of You
Spanish Rose
I've Been Working
Fair Play
Friday's Child (Them)
Saint Dominic's Preview
Warm Love
Mystic Eyes (Them)
Contemplation Rose
Who Was That Masked Man
Summertime in England
If I Ever Needed Someone

ALBUMS
Moondance
Veedon Fleece
Astral Weeks
St. Dominic's Preview
Into The Music

rock and roll tucci coo (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 01:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Thanks, kornrulez! awesome poll. glad you started at 52.

Songs:
Country Fair
Ballerina
Almost Independence Day
Summertime In England
You Know What They're Writing About
You Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push the River
Saint Dominic's Preview
Madame George
Cul De Sac
When Heart Is Open
Tir Na Nog
Astral Weeks
Fair Play
Haunts Of Ancient Peace
Stepping Out Queen
Cyprus Avenue
Linden Arden Stole the Highlights
Sweet Thing
Who Was that Masked Man
Wild Children
Redwood Tree
Snow In San Anselmo
Listen to the Lion
Troubadours
Dweller on the Threshold
Bright Side of the Road
Everyone
You Make Me Feel So Free
Spirit
Into the Mystic

Albums:
Veedon Fleece
Astral Weeks
Common One
Saint Dominic's Preview
Into the Music

Gaspard de la Nuit: III. ScarJost (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 01:59 (two months ago) Permalink

Albums
1 Astral Weeks
2 It’s Too Late to Stop Now
3 Veedon Fleece
3 Common One
4 St Dominic’s Preview

Songs
1 Madam George
2 Lindon Arden Stole the Highlights
3 Caravan
4 Summertime in England
5 Snow in San Anselmo
6 Astral Weeks
7 Into the Mystic
9 Listen to the Lion
10 And it Stoned Me
11 Cyprus Avenue
12 The Way Young Lovers Do
13 The Lion this Time
14 Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)
15 Domino
16 Streets of Arklow
17 It’s Ain’t Easy Bein’ Green
18 Rough God Goes Riding
19 Haunts of Ancient Peace
20 Gypsy Queen
21 Come Running
22 Fair Play
23 In Tiburon
24 Tupelo Honey
25 Full Force Gale

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 02:18 (two months ago) Permalink

26 Slim Slow Slider

27 Orangefield

28 Glad Tiding

29 Ballerina

30 Celtic New Year

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 02:29 (two months ago) Permalink

My ballot

Astral Weeks
St Dominic's Preview
Linden Arden Stole The Highlights
Slim Slow Slider
You Don't Pull No Punches But You Don't Push The River
Caravan
Cleaning Windows
Wild Night
Almost Independence Day
Listen To The Lion
Not Supposed To Break Down
Ballerina
Bulbs
Contemplation Rose
And The Healing Has Begun
It's All In The Game
Who Was That Masked Man
Here Comes The Night
Cyprus Avenue
Brown-Eyed Girl
Gloria
And It Stoned Me
Into The Mystic
Higher Than The World
Irish Heartbeat
Friday's Child
Moonshine Whiskey
I've Been Working
Wild Children
Mystic Eyes

that's not my post, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 02:31 (two months ago) Permalink

this Belfast 79 show rules

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 02:49 (two months ago) Permalink

an odd thing I noticed a while back is how "St Dominic's Preview" kinda borrows the tune of "The Wind Cries Mary," and "Bulbs" swipes the line about the streetlights turning blue.

JoeStork, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 04:47 (two months ago) Permalink

That was brilliant, thank you.

Spotify playlist is all up to date: https://open.spotify.com/user/thepoacher/playlist/5DPeJd4pUzQMIQMBvzvU9M

My ballot:

Albums

Astral Weeks
Too Late to Stop Now
Veedon Fleece
St Dominic's Preview
Moondance

Tracks

Madam George
Ballerina
Into the Mystic
Summertime in England
St Dominic's Preview
Cyprus Avenue
And it Stoned Me
Redwood Tree
Listen to the Lion
Sweet Thing
The Way Young Lovers Do
Glad Tidings
Tir Na Nog
Astral Weeks
TB Sheets
Contemplation Rose
Fair Play
Wavelength
Almost Independence Day
Gloria
Brown-Eyed Girl
Take Me Back
Caravan
Steppin Out Queen
And the Healing Has Begun

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 08:42 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah thanks for running this, it's been a spiritual journey

niels, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 09:55 (two months ago) Permalink

(slightly O/T but just to reiterate w/thanks: as a former van sceptic of many puzzled years' standing, brad's essay on 80s VM has totally and i assume permanently swung me into the mancamp) (currently loving the weird buzzy instruments on COMMON ONE, which i choose to believe are druidic vuvuzelas)

(obviously POLLS are still bad and you should all feel bad)

mark s, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 10:23 (two months ago) Permalink

"druidic vuvuzelas" is excellent; thank you mark s for providing me with my next band name

bergoglio imbroglio (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 13:24 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm so glad everyone enjoyed this. Like the best ILM polls, I discovered a ton of great new music here, like the No Guru album and the absolutely fantastic song Goin Down To Monte Carlo (Thanks Joan Crawford Loves Chachi)

I can't believe I'm the only one who voted for Satisfied. It sticks out on Common One, but it's really incredible.

My ballot:

Saint Dominic’s Preview
Astral Weeks
Almost Independence Day
And It Stoned Me
Sweet Thing
Wild Night
Domino
Wonderful Remark
Cyprus Avenue
And the Healing Has Begun
Gloria
Into the Mystic
Slim Slow Slider
Ballerina
Listen to the Lion
Linden Arden Stole the Highlights
Real Real Gone
TB Sheets
Celtic Ray
Moonshine Whiskey
Brown-Eyed Girl
Caravan
I’ve Been Working
Streets of Arklow
Full Force Gale
Jackie Wilson Said
Satisfied
Goin Down To Monte Carlo
You Know What They’re Writing About
Moondance


Albums:
Dominic
Astral
Moondance
Into the Music
Band Street Choir

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 13:48 (two months ago) Permalink

the poll results spotify thread is a really enjoyable listen

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 15:21 (two months ago) Permalink

I want to think this thread for getting me to listen to Van again. Im high af right now and Astral Weeks is kicking my ass. Years since Ive heard it as a teen and I did not get it then at all. It took intervening years of listening to jazz, now it makes sense. Some of the songs have an almost symphonic structure as well. Veedon Fleece also rules. You ppl rule. Thanks for this thread.

glumdalclitch, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 21:44 (two months ago) Permalink

I hadn't listened to Astral Weeks in many years either and... yeah, it is overwhelming.

jmm, Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:18 (two months ago) Permalink

Got my hands on the Glastonbury set. Holy shit what a band. I've mostly avoided boots, and now I'm wondering at my stupidity. Are there any other obvious Van ones I should get?

Is there a 'best boots of evah!' thread somewhere?

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Saturday, 12 August 2017 16:05 (two months ago) Permalink

this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y-CsUw_-AY

Number None, Saturday, 12 August 2017 16:08 (two months ago) Permalink

(hat tip to tylerw)

Number None, Saturday, 12 August 2017 16:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Definitely get the Pacific High Studio set. And if you haven't gotten volumes 2, 3 and 4 from It's Too Late, by all means, pick that up as well.

that's not my post, Saturday, 12 August 2017 19:49 (two months ago) Permalink

xps to Chinaski

Your favourite bootleg -as in 'Unofficial Live Recording-

sleeve, Sunday, 13 August 2017 01:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Watching this 74 Van Morrison show and he covers Dylan's "Just Like A Woman" and after "please don't let on that you knew me when" instead of "I was hungry and it was your world" he mutters "I was weird.... everybody was....." Van the Man #1

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 15 August 2017 03:12 (two months ago) Permalink

In the '71 Pacific High Studio version of "Just Like A Woman" (which, after a slow first 3 minutes, really gets intense) on the second time the "please don't..." line comes up he says "I was weird... and you were weird, too." Van must have liked that spin.

that's not my post, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 04:35 (two months ago) Permalink

an odd thing I noticed a while back is how "St Dominic's Preview" kinda borrows the tune of "The Wind Cries Mary," and "Bulbs" swipes the line about the streetlights turning blue.

― JoeStork, Monday, August 7, 2017 9:47 PM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

will never unhear this now

Gaspard de la Nuit: III. ScarJost (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 15 August 2017 04:42 (two months ago) Permalink

lol yeah the verse chords are the same in wind cries mary and st. dominic.

I can't be the only person who thinks of Wish You Were Here when listening to Almost Independence Day (of course in this case, van's version came first)

rock and roll tucci coo (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 15 August 2017 11:59 (two months ago) Permalink

In the '71 Pacific High Studio version of "Just Like A Woman" (which, after a slow first 3 minutes, really gets intense) on the second time the "please don't..." line comes up he says "I was weird... and you were weird, too." Van must have liked that spin.

― that's not my post, Monday, August 14, 2017 11:35 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

haha that's funny, it seemed so off the cuff

there's really a great amount of well shot full Van concerts on YouTube

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:18 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah, it's nice -- for a while there his people were super vigilant about scrubbing any/all vids ...

tylerw, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Man, just listened to Into the Music properly for the first ever, probably. Dexys entire career for a start, but more.
I saw Van maybe 20 times, work related, between 1988-2000ish. I know most of those 80s records from seeing him live, must pick up No Guru, Poetic Champs etc.

Fine Toothcomb (sonofstan), Monday, 21 August 2017 22:01 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

born to sing: no plan b is just the loveliest record. the horns are so wonderful

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 22 September 2017 15:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

but does no plan b refer to born, sing, or both

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 22 September 2017 18:24 (three weeks ago) Permalink

who knows, at least a third of the record is a critique of capitalism so

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 22 September 2017 18:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

because of this poll back on top and the healing game are now two of my absolute favorite van records

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 22 September 2017 23:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

you check out magic time?
that was one that grew on me when I was listening to them all on Spotify

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 22 September 2017 23:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yeah magic time is great, especially "just like greta" which is overwhelming

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Saturday, 23 September 2017 14:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

less a definitive ranking than maybe a potentially useful order for people trying to get into van's '90s records:

the healing game
enlightenment
back on top
hymns to the silence
days like this
too long in exile

the first five are basically all variously great, days like this ends with two of van's best songs ever. too long in exile is a real mess though, maybe my least favorite van record ever, and yet the title track is still so awesome

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Saturday, 23 September 2017 16:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i always feel like i underrate keep me singing when i'm listening to it bc the first five tracks are all so gorgeous

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 25 September 2017 04:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink


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