Loletadude - Give me Raincheck from Days Like This. It makes no literal sense, it's all over the place with background vocals weaving in and out with great instrumentation throughout. But that's just it, I guess—Van hits so many people in so many different ways.
- Regarding his more recent albums, I can wholeheartedly recommend Born to Sing: No Plan B, which is actually one of my favorite Van albums ever. Particularly if you appreciate his swinging sort of style. I also enjoy Down the Road, the recent Versatile, and even the Duets album a great deal. And I understand people who prefer Van melancholy are pretty satisfied with Keep Me Singing.
Bubba Watson's Chest Hair - Hymns to the Silence is one of my top three favourite albums all time. I prefer minimalist Van, such as On Hyndford Street or Be Thou my Vision. Pagan Streams got me through the good times, the bad times, and the in-between times of my young adulthood.
Mid-90s Goal Shirt - Van does a great duet with Knopfler called The Last Laugh on Knopfler's 2001 Sailing to Philadelphia.
LN - l love Van Morrison. l think it would take more than that to get along splendidly but l think it would help. Moondance is one of the best albums anytime ,anywhere. It doesn't matter what generation either. My daughter loves it as much as l do. To me that is the true hallmark of success.
Wayne M. Cohen - I recently noticed a CD Van did of country and western classics and thought no way he can pull that off–but as I listened to it I would have bet money that he grew up on the stage at the Grand ole Opery. His range is just stunning.
- Van Morrison's best work was definitely in the seventies. Still, I couldn't imagine my life without Common One (1980). That's definitely my favourite. But is it his best? No, because as he unquestionably demonstrated in It's Too Late to Stop Now (1974), his best work is when he's live.So the best album that Van Morrison released in the 1980s is Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast (1984), on which the standout track is, of course, the 9-minute epic Rave On John Donne/Rave On Part Two.
JG Maclean - The diptych of Avalon Sunset (1989) and Enlightenment (1990) remain my favourite post '70s Van. These are highly introspective, spiritually searching albums but full of joy and beauty. More squarely in the '80s, there is some critical force behind No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1986).
- A lot of them have great tunes on them.The one I've spent the most time with is Common One, a solid album throughout. Satisfied is a gem, as is Ancient Peace, and Summertime in England.
Ade Osmant - Seen Van twice this year and on both occasions he was just awesome. The album Roll With the Punches was IMHO his best work for a long time and I listen to it most days.
Loletadude - With possible exception of A Period Of Transition a very lacklustre release from the mid-70s, any Van album has several moments of tremendous joy within them, some that still make me shiver after countless hearings. That said, I'd never consider Irish Heartbeat to be among them.