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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

i love brown-eyed girl.

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

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

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

Since THEM, Van = A Turdburger.

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

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

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

eight months pass...
[check]

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

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

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

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

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

What in god's name happened to this thread?

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

three weeks pass...
Beautiful Vision, perfect album

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

Cannot stand him, honestly.

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

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

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

Fixored this fuxor. Should be readable now.

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

Thanks Sean; you're a treat.

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

i like veedon fleece.

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

He's supposedly a mean drunk.

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

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

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

Thank you, that'll be fine.

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

What's my line?
I'm happy cleaning windows
Take my time
Can't reach the fucking top rows
Cleaning windows

Maconie Youth (NickB), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

yeah it's robbie — he posted it on his twitter, they seem to be up to something. not the worst idea. does robertson remember how to play guitar i wonder?

tylerw, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 16:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

There's a thing Van does with his voice that I've often wondered about. I don't think it's confined solely to Astral Weeks, but it's there I notice it most - particularly on the title track, and particularly between about 3.20-3.30 on this version: https://youtu.be/4ech6pZoBJ4

It's almost like he's (deliberately) singing around a bubble in his throat or something. Does it have a name? The only other vocalist I've really heard doing it is Jeff Buckley, and that's when he's covering Van, mainly.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 13 April 2018 18:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

It sounds to me like he's pushing his tongue out a little, and raising his tongue near the back of his mouth. Like when people do an impression of Droopy.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 13 April 2018 18:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

haha, that is indeed a weird little gimmick

niels, Saturday, 14 April 2018 08:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

Is that like on "When god shines his light" at the end where him and Cliff are humming on the outro, and Van forgets to keep his gob shut?

Mark G, Saturday, 14 April 2018 09:15 (seven months ago) Permalink

It sounds to me like he's pushing his tongue out a little, and raising his tongue near the back of his mouth. Like when people do an impression of Droopy.

Haha - it totally is this. Buckley aside, I still don't think I've heard anyone else do this. I like it. I think.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Saturday, 14 April 2018 09:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Wow, I only heard Beautiful Vision for the first time last night and it's quite lovely.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 8 July 2018 13:22 (four months ago) Permalink

US tour coming

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 13:15 (four months ago) Permalink

Last year this time we were in the midst of the Van poll. That was fun.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 13:45 (four months ago) Permalink

seeing him for the first time in a few weeks, excited

niels, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 17:30 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Had the chance to see the man in concert yesterday. Relative disappointment, his voice seems strong as ever, but he had a very hard time singing in key on jazzy compositions like Moondance and The Way Young Lovers Do, slightly embarrassing to witness. Pulled off jazz standards and blues covers a lot better, but I’m not that interested in hearing him do Got My Mojo Workin’, his own material is obv a lot more interesting. Band was professional but completely harmless. I know he’s supposed to be hit and miss live, so will give it another go if I get the chance. I’ve praised The Healing Game countless times and will say again that Sometimes We Cry is a late-career evergreen, show highlight for me (even if the band's performance lacked nerve). Oh yeah, and they finished off with Gloria, now that’s a song! Unfortunately Van left the stage after 2 choruses while bandleader encouraged the crowd five or six times in a row to give it up for “THE ONE AND ONLY SIR VAN MORRISON” upon which the band improvised solos for 10 minutes and waved goodbye.

niels, Sunday, 29 July 2018 11:02 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

This is the cover of Van Morrison's new album.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DogmWmDW0AA4E5Y.jpg

This is what happens when you're a legacy artist who doesn't sell enough (new) records for the label to bother telling you "No" anymore.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 2 October 2018 15:08 (one month ago) Permalink

i love it and like the new song. album seems to be another covers + a few new originals thing

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 October 2018 15:08 (one month ago) Permalink

that album cover kicks ass and I will fight you

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Tuesday, 2 October 2018 16:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Santo Trafficante Jr goes into hiding and decides to slightly disguise himself as a Blues Brother. I like it.

omar little, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 16:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Relative disappointment, his voice seems strong as ever, but he had a very hard time singing in key on jazzy compositions like Moondance and The Way Young Lovers Do, slightly embarrassing to witness. Pulled off jazz standards and blues covers a lot better

At the big outdoor theatre/shed where I just saw him, he stayed in key on all, but rushed through the hits at a faster tempo. He took him time more on less-known numbers.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 13:19 (one month ago) Permalink

his time

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 13:20 (one month ago) Permalink

glad to hear that, he's infamous for having on/off days right?

was it good overall?

niels, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 13:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Is he touring all the time and getting bored with the more familiar stuff or something?
THough I guess he will ahve been playing the hits for years which might be boring anyway.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 13:39 (one month ago) Permalink

x-post-- It was good overall but a bit uneven. He also didn't talk to the crowd at all between songs. Decided to see a bunch of old legends recently and saw Smoky Robinson the night before I saw Van. Smokey sounded great, chatted to the crowd about old days at the Howard Theatre between songs, and was stunning on what he called the "b-sides" part of his set. He raced through a few hits though too. Van was busy directing his orchestra but other than naming off band members once, didn't bother with talking.

I saw that Boston author who has the book on Astral Weeks out, and he said Van refused to talk to him for the book. He spoke with folks who played on the album and who helped on the songs before they were recorded, but not Van himself.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 14:09 (one month ago) Permalink

He took him time more on less-known numbers.

― curmudgeon, Wednesday, October 3, 2018 6:19 AM (fifty-six minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

same here (it was a festival set). i was thrilled when he really dug into "carrying a torch"

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 14:16 (one month ago) Permalink

(xp) You sound surprised that legendary ray-of-sunshine Sir Van Morrison is a curmudgeon, curmudgeon?

Zach Same (Tom D.), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 14:33 (one month ago) Permalink

haha yeah, van has been refusing to talk to biographers for decades now

tylerw, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 14:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Think Van is especially unforthcoming about Astral Weeks because he doesn't (or didn't) get any royalties on it.

New alb cover does offer a rare glimpse of his 'zany' sense of humour, last evidenced when he asked Spike Milligan to 'interview' him for Q magazine.

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 14:59 (one month ago) Permalink

looking forward to a bit of ray charles in the style of lord charles

Herb Achelors (NickB), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 15:16 (one month ago) Permalink

^^^^

Zach Same (Tom D.), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 15:44 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

ICYMI:

This is totally bananas.

Today, @vanmorrison unceremoniously released the '68 "Catacombs Tapes" as a live album on iTunes UK. This is the legendary recording I spend the whole #AstralWeeks1968 book trying to track down & hear...and, uh, now YOU can too! https://t.co/AKvyJw3xnE pic.twitter.com/rFg4jYqfYD

— Ryan H. Walsh (@JahHills) November 8, 2018

that's not my post, Thursday, 8 November 2018 05:00 (one week ago) Permalink

looks like it's gone already :(

if anyone has leads please let me know :)

Greta Van Fleek (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 8 November 2018 15:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Don't know how long it will be up:

https://youtu.be/rQUCv9PkPSg

that's not my post, Friday, 9 November 2018 18:59 (one week ago) Permalink

hell yeah

haven't read ryan's book yet but i'm glad these tapes are out there now

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 9 November 2018 19:02 (one week ago) Permalink

catacombs tape is great! seems like Van had a fairly clear idea of the Astral Weeks sound at this point ... not a perfect recording, but pretty damn fantastic for a 50 year old audience tape.

tylerw, Friday, 9 November 2018 19:18 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah i'm at "brown eyed girl" and this rules a lot

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 9 November 2018 19:21 (one week ago) Permalink

not a perfect recording

lol yeah the tape speeding up during "one two brown eyes" freaked me out at work

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 9 November 2018 19:34 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah this is gorgeous, definitely interesting to hear a little hint of what brown eyed girl would have sounded like on astral weeks

Greta Van Fleek (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 9 November 2018 19:59 (one week ago) Permalink

damn this version of beside you is revelatory

fred-a van vleet (voodoo chili), Friday, 9 November 2018 19:59 (one week ago) Permalink

holy shit this catacombs tape

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 9 November 2018 21:43 (one week ago) Permalink

like holy holy holy holy

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 9 November 2018 22:13 (one week ago) Permalink

Balls, it's already been taken down!

Have the Rams stopped screaming yet, Lloris? (Chinaski), Saturday, 10 November 2018 11:18 (six days ago) Permalink

I managed to grab a copy, my ilxmail works fine

niels, Saturday, 10 November 2018 12:09 (six days ago) Permalink

Magic, cheers! You have mail.

Have the Rams stopped screaming yet, Lloris? (Chinaski), Saturday, 10 November 2018 12:58 (six days ago) Permalink

Missed this before it was pulled but I love that it was Peter Wolf of all people who had this tape.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 11 November 2018 00:34 (five days ago) Permalink

Peter Wolf knew Van back then. Apparently Morrison would make drunken phone requests to radio station Wolf DJ'd for.

BTW, Wolf was college roomies w/David Lynch!

The Greta Van Gerwig (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 11 November 2018 00:43 (five days ago) Permalink

WBCN!

Didn’t know that about Van’s requests. Hilarious.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 11 November 2018 04:06 (five days ago) Permalink

xp chinaski didn't get your email, weird... try kern.cooper at gmail dot com

I could also just post a direct link here but I get the feeling it wouldn't be in the spirit of ilx?

niels, Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:12 (five days ago) Permalink

I'm surprised how much I like the version of Virgo Clown from the Catacombs set. It's not a song I've been into before.

that's not my post, Sunday, 11 November 2018 21:34 (five days ago) Permalink

Read through the Astral Weeks book very quickly yesterday and was happy to see tyler get an acknowledgement at the very end.

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 12 November 2018 15:15 (four days ago) Permalink

90s (?) 2-CD The Story of Them Featuring Van Morrison is incredible, The Bang Masters, the unscrewed-with originals of tracks that showed up on early solo LPs, is good barefoot pop, get most 70s except maybe Hard Nose The Highway, but I think I stopped buying new stuff after Beautiful Vision, in the early 80s. Clearly need to check out some more, is what I think after hearing bluesy coountry duets with the evervescent Linda Gail Lewis, during one of the wildest (far beyond in-character) American Routes shows ever, THE KILLER, THE THRILLER & THE CHILLER: JERRY LEE LEWIS WITH SISTERS LINDA GAIL AND FRANKIE JEAN---scroll down this page a little for links to hours 1 & 2 (Van shows up in hour 2)
(playlists for both hours are also linked)
http://americanroutes.wwno.org/archives/show/1088/The-Killer-the-Thriller-the-Chiller-Jerry-Lee-Lewis-with-sisters-Linda-Gail-and-Frankie-Jean
Would like to check his album of Mose Allison songs too.

dow, Monday, 12 November 2018 21:18 (four days ago) Permalink

So, that was purely to keep the copyright alive: Make it available for one day in an obscure part of the world (the UK)

Mark G, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:38 (three days ago) Permalink


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