Van Morrison binge...

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  1. Jared Purdy

    Jared Purdy Friend of Leo's

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    I'm not sure what inspired my sudden rekindling of interest in Morrison. I really can't say what it was? I use to have a lot of his LPs, and then when I foolishly dumped my vinyl for CDs about twenty years ago, replacing many with the CD version (and I have now come full circle by re-replacing them in vinyl), I ended up with about four of his earlier albums on CD. On Friday I decided to give "His Band and the Street Choir" a once over, and it was like , "wow, I have got to get back into him!".

    I was out at a couple of used record stores, on the prowl for Betty Wright's "I Love the Way You Love", and I was chatting with a friend about "TB Sheets", a 73' album of Morrison's and I decided to look in the Morrison bin and noticed they had a few used and a couple reissues. Not having an interest at that particular moment (but that was likely the kindling that got the fire going) in buying any vinyl, I headed off to another store, and by god they had about six of his earlier albums, all of my favourites, used, and in mint condition. I snatched them up, and then when I got home, I ordered the remaining four that I wanted from Amazon!

    Binged out!! In all, I ended up with "Blowin' Your Mind", "Astral Weeks", "His Band and the Street Choir", "Moondance", "Tupelo Honey", "Saint Dominic's Preview", "Hard Nose the Highway", "Veedon Fleece" and "It's Too Late to Stop Now". It feels good to be spinning Van Morrison on the turn table again. Seeping nostalgia.
     
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    Awesome!
    I definitely pray at the church of Van!

    My absolute favorite is “Poetics champions compose”

    followed by - astral weeks

    haven’t gotten back into vinyl as i have been listening to “master” recordings on TIDAL
    but nothing sounds like vinyl as I remember it in my old man mind!
     
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    Astral Weeks is a very special record, IMO.
    Even my musically stunted brother loves Astral Weeks.
     
  4. Jared Purdy

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    I got back into vinyl five or six years ago, and it has been a lot of fun. I have far surpassed in vinyl what I had at the time I dumped all my old records, and 90% of what I have bought since I never had in the first place. It's mostly jazz, soul, blues, African, Latin and reggae, but every now and then something from the "pop" (that ubiquitous, all encompassing mish mash of genres) comes along, like Morrison. Last summer I snatched up a few early Joni Mitchell LPs, a couple of JJ Cale LPs, a bunch of Ry Cooder LPs, a few of Daniel Lanois' LPs, a few early Tom Waits LPs, and Merle Saunders and Jerry Garcia. For posterity, I bought the Rhino, 5LP Woodstock box set. I simply had to have that. That's what started it all 50 years ago.

    I'll never have the mass of rock LPs that I use to have - that I now have on CD - as I just don't listen to it any more. I can't see having the collected works of the Dead, Hendrix or Jefferson Airplane on vinyl. Not happening
     
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    I love Tupelo Honey, and it’s strangely out of print and unavailable streaming. You’re My Woman is a top ten Van song.
     
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    Nice!

    If you happen to have
    "Ill be your lover too"

    on vinyl


    just CRANK THAT LOUD!

    that acoustic will hit your soul!
     
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    Ah Van the Man !! Am playing Brown eyed Girl right now.
    Love his work over the years- he makes me feel happy.
    I try to hear a song and play it straight away- did so with "Wild Nights" years ago. Always goes down well.
     
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    Listening to Van Morrison is the closest I get to religion.
     
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    Someone once said ' There are two kinds of people in the world, - those that like van morrison, and those that have met him!'
    Can't remember who it was though, any ideas?
     
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    sOME DARLING IN THE PRINT MEDIA ONCE SAID OF vAN mORRISON" ,he's is a jazz singer strung-out on Rhythm and Blues.
    Yeah sure, that works for me, incomplete as it is.
    I think that the fiery Irish ginger dwarf
    is a giant, that knows,
    but doesn't allow facts to keep him
    from telling the truth.

    DEMON HEART DRAWING 2.jpg
     
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    I used to like him, until I saw him live. Sadly he pretty much treated the audience with contempt and played for about 25 mins only despite people having paid 70Euro+ per ticket.

    Sadly it left a bitter taste in my mouth and I've not listened since.
     
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    As a former window cleaner, this song always makes me smile, Mark Knopfler on guitar.
     
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    Ya, that would probably do me in too. I've never seen him. I can't even remember the last time he played anywhere in Canada.
     
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    I saw a reissue of it the other day, though I'm not sure which company did it? It was not the gate fold version, which means it's not by Rhino. Oddly though, it doesn't come up on Amazon. Not sure what that means?

    I ordered "His Band and the Street Choir", "Astral Weeks" and "Moondance" off Amazon. All three were produced under licence from Warner Bros. by Rhino. They did a bang up job on the covers, all original artwork. 180 gram vinyl. Fantastic audio.
     
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    Van is one of those artists I can listen to pretty much any time.
     
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    He seems pretty adept at remaking himself. He's a got a great tune out with Gregory Porter. Not sure if they did a whole album together or just a track?
     
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    He seems like a strange and strangely bitter dude, but also a musical genius. My favorite might be "into the mystic," with it's incoherent deeply felt spiritualism which to my mind is just brilliantly redeemed by the R+B bass riff and then when the horns come in with that simple fatback riff at about 1:54. He's just got the church and the gutter in the same song.

    Somebody once wrote that he blended American R+B, which he deeply felt and understood, with that whole northern Irish Ian Paisley presbyterian culture, which is intensely socially conservative and grim. Everybody gets the celtic mystic part, but they miss the grim side. He's oddly joyless for a man who is rich and widely loved.

    He always gets his bands to sound like bands, I think because he has such a powerfully propulsive voice.
     
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    One of the first songs I learnt
     
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    One of my biggest influences.

    He taught me a lot about songwriting, singing, phrasing and delivery.

    Basically... SOUL.

    Granted, he is a weirdo.

    But, it adds to the mystique (or is it Into The Mystic?).
     
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    Hey!

    VERY well put!

    Thanks!!!

    (I would think that he would agree.)
     
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