Van Morrison: your views please

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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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 year 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 year ago) Permalink

"Common One" kicks ass!

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

underrated

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwIT0mVLTZM

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

three months pass...

the new record will perhaps not be a very original statement, but I'm enjoying the singles so far - this Goin' to Chicago version is cool:
https://open.spotify.com/track/4u9Xyg324bx3c5ZfZMhtlm

niels, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 12:18 (eleven months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

But the most thrilling moment on the record is when its volume suddenly drops for “Goin’ to Chicago,” so that it sounds as if Morrison, Georgie Fame, and Chris Hill—who plucks the walking bassline which forms the song’s spine—are exchanging simple melodic ideas in the uncrowded air. Morrison sings, “Goin’ to Chicago/So sorry that I can’t take you,” and then Fame, his vocal a liquid counterpoint to Morrison’s more inflexible and geologic formations, sings, “I come from Chi-town, Chi-town is my town,” and the effect is lovely, two powerful vocalists tracing and retracing each other’s phrases just as they start to evaporate from the arrangement.

nice, brad!

niels, Saturday, 30 September 2017 14:31 (ten months ago) Permalink

oh thanks! i was nervous about that review bc i wish i liked the record more

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Saturday, 30 September 2017 14:58 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Another album of standards due out next month:
http://www.recordstore.co.uk/recordstore/Out-in-December/Versatile/5PKS0EAN000

Ari (whenuweremine), Sunday, 5 November 2017 17:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

haha, taking the Dylan route

niels, Sunday, 5 November 2017 19:03 (nine months ago) Permalink

Weird that this thread would be bumped right now. I'm very into A Period of Transition today.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 5 November 2017 19:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

"out in the cold again" from last year's keep me singing is really nice.

In between the times where it feels alright. To the dead of the cold black night

brimstead, Monday, 4 December 2017 22:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

i've a feeling van does not gaf about album title anymore, he already told us born to sing: no plan b why do we have to 'keep him singing' now

brimstead, Monday, 4 December 2017 22:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

Next year he'll release I Have an Album Out.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 01:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

To be followed up by "$16.99 At Barnes & Noble"

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 02:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

if only! I bough a lot of obscure Rykodisc shit at B&N.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 02:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

You reminded me of seeing every late '90s Van album, shit like Back on Top displayed prominently.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 02:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

i really like keep me singing i listen to it often

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 17:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

common one is underrated

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 11 February 2018 08:09 (six months ago) Permalink

the first time i heard moondance i thought "that braying voice.... that bland lifeless smooth jazz puree.... is this sinatra?"
before that my only impression of him was "brown eyed girl is a little mediocre but still listenable"

heliogabberlus, Sunday, 11 February 2018 09:16 (six months ago) Permalink

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DWg4jnyVAAAtwwD.jpg

tylerw, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:59 (five months ago) Permalink

Still wishing that the 70s catalogue would reappear in remastered cd form.
Is that remotely likely to happen now?
Really need St Dominic's preview and veedon fleece in decent form.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:14 (five months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Planck Blather (darraghmac), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:22 (five months ago) Permalink

Who's in the photo with Van and why is Van looking so happy?

niels, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 07:03 (five months ago) Permalink

robbie robertson?

new noise, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 07:16 (five months ago) Permalink

yeah looks kinda like him - but is he so tall?

niels, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 08:10 (five months ago) Permalink

Definitely Robbie. Van's a short dude.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:20 (five months ago) Permalink

5'5"

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:21 (five months 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 (five 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 (five 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 (four 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 (four months ago) Permalink

haha, that is indeed a weird little gimmick

niels, Saturday, 14 April 2018 08:50 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (one month ago) Permalink

US tour coming

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 13:15 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

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

niels, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 17:30 (one month 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 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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