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...turns out it's still the best album ever made.
It is pretty astoundingly good though.
I think that proclaiming anything the best album ever is probably ridiculous.
I mean how can you compare a Van Morrison album with, say, an album by Mastodon and choose which is better?
either way...if some crazy gunmen had his pistola to my head and said, "name the best album ever made!" I'd hedge my bets on Astral Weeks.
one of em anyways. van has the worst 'image people have of him vs actually how he sounds and is' ratio ever amongst young folks, they think he's an old stinky rubbish irish tramp old man and always has been, when in fact he's a poetic sexmad jazzy nutcase genius
it's really quite amazing. I used to find the way the ending just fades out and stops annoying but now realise it's just one big dreamy and brilliant mass of an album that you can just loop forever.
As Jamie_Summers said above the idea of what it sounds like by people who haven't heard it often couldn't be further from the truth.
So given how intensely I don't like Brown Eyed Girl, will I still like this?
Brown Eyed Girl is completely unrepresentative of ANYTHING on this album.
you just might.
I've put a request out to my colleagues as they will likely be able to upload some MP3 action for me ASAP.
album grows ten-fold every time I listen to it. It's fast becoming one of my favourites.
yep... the more you listen the better it gets. I've been listening to it regularly for 6 years and it still surprises me.
it's as if all the sounds are floating just above my head, and all these sounds are being created my musicians who are just playing whatever they feel like, paying no particular attention to another sounds that might be around at the same time, and then by some act of otherwordly genius all these sounds suddenly fall together making what appear to be songs, held together by a thread that could snap at any moment, it is not like a recording, it seems the songs are being created right before you ears, and then drift away just a elegantly.
I agree. It's totally sublime.
A lot of the vocals came from stream-of-consciousness improv, I think.
I think I prefer TB Sheets, including versions of "Beside You" and "Madame George" which are harsher and rawer (and therefore better).
just assumes i wont like it.
UNDO MY WRONGNESS!
on Astral Weeks
read it turdoman.
What this is about is a whole set of verbal tics - although many are bodily as well - which are there for reason enough to go a long way toward defining his style. They're all over Astral Weeks: four rushed repeats of the phrases "you breathe in, you breath out" and "you turn around" in "Beside You"; in "Cyprus Avenue," twelve "way up on"s, "baby" sung out thirteen times in a row sounding like someone running ecstatically downhill toward one's love, and the heartbreaking way he stretches "one by one" in the third verse; most of all in "Madame George" where he sings the word "dry" and then "your eye" twenty times in a twirling melodic arc so beautiful it steals your own breath, and then this occurs: "And the love that loves the love that loves the love that loves the love that loves to love the love that loves to love the love that loves."
thank you so much for that. I shall erase his performance at Glastonbury from my memory and watch this another thousand times! :)
along with Moondance, and I have to say I think Moondance is much better.
Astral Weeks is very very good, but Moondance has the kind of Van Morrison songs that I want to hear more of, if you know what I mean.
until I started to grow weary of Moondance. It suffers from the law of diminishing returns in a way that Astral Weeks never will.
do you have any of his other albums? I want some more and I need to be told which ones to get next
Saint Dominic's Preview
Hard Nose the Highway
WE WILL SEE *shakes fist*
TB Sheets is pretty good
'His Band And Street Choir' is good.
'St Dominic's Previw' is also good.
To be honest he didn't do another album in the style of Moondance that had the consistency said album.
what albums are Joe Harper Saturday Morning and The Smile You Smile on?
I could go and find out for myself really, so don't feel obliged to answer me. Those are the style of song that I want more of, much like Caravan from Moondance and (dare i say it) Brown Eyed Girl.
But i shall investigate what you and Mr Summers have said...it's interesting that you both had completely different suggestions.
in fact, i used to severely dislike Moondance and couldn't believe it was the album directly after Astral Weeks.
Nowadays i do love most of it, but its nowhere near as magical or perfect as Astral Weeks. Its just a very good pop lp
has a few good tunes but it is quite bland and comes nowhere near to the spiritual ecstasy of Astral Weeks. I do like some of his other songs but Snow in San Anselmo off Hard Nose the Highway is the only other song of his that recaptures that spirit.
I forgot how good that song is. Can't remember much of that album and haven't listened to it in years... but that tune is tops.
This performance owns: