Van Morrison: your views please

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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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

haha, taking the Dylan route

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

two months pass...

common one is underrated

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

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

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

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

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

robbie robertson?

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

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

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

Definitely Robbie. Van's a short dude.

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

5'5"

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:21 (eight 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 (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 (six 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 (six months ago) Permalink

haha, that is indeed a weird little gimmick

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

US tour coming

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

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

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

his time

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 13:20 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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

tylerw, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 14:54 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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