Thursday, 30 August 2012

How Will You Celebrate Van's 67th Birthday - August 31?

Van turns 67 on August 31. How will you celebrate?  I like to make it an exclusive Van music day.  I usually start with the older Them albums in the morning and continue chronologically till "Keep it Simple" around 2 in the morning.  In the evening I'll probably raise a glass or two of something British or Irish.  This is a bit inappropriate now that Van's a non-drinker.  

I wonder what a guy like Van gets for his birthday?  He's the classic guy who has everything.  A DVD set of old British comedy shows?  A model of his private plane for the desk?  A scrapbook of articles from his Them days?  Striped pyjamas? A 100 pound voucher for a magic shop?

Happy 67th Van.  You're the greatest.  You rock more than SuBo.  You're better than "The Cheeky Girls" or even "Aqua". 

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Assorted Fan Stories - Part I

Things Van Fans Don't Do: Crowd Surfing

Van Morrison, please read the following.  These are stories from your people. Whether you like it not, you've affected people all over the planet in all kinds of ways.  You're part of the personal histories of millions.  What a mailing list! What an incredible global influence!  What an opportunity for taking over a small country!  Or even starting an MLM! 

But seriously, I wonder what Van thinks about this whole narrative of a working class Belfast Boy becoming a global performer of such influence.      

Anna M   -   I was familiar with Moondance, Brown Eyed Girl, etc., then one day on the radio I heard a song that captured me and it was Into The Mystic. I immediately went out and bought an album, then another, then another, then another. The feeling I get when I listen to his music is something I can't explain. I am 58 years old and the emotion, well the emotion makes me want to leave everything behind and go to another place (I don't know where). He has captured my spirit and lifted it so high.

Rita T.   -   Van Morrison has a wonderful song called In the Days Before Rock N Roll.  The names of the faraway radio stations roll off his tongue in a litany of nostalgia: Telefunken, Luxembourg, Athlone, Budapest, AFN, Hilversum, Helvetia.  Listening to his moody voice intone "I am down on my knees and I'm searching for Luxembourg" takes me right back to a winter evening in my kitchen, my ear pressed to the grill of the wireless, twiddling the knobs this way and that trying to bring in the six o'clock pop program on Radio Luxembourg for the first time.  Reception was notoriously poor, scratchy and intermittent; it really did sound as though it was coming from far, far away.  Finally I heard Connie Francis come through loud and clear singing Where the Boys Are. My introduction to pop music was underway!

The success of the foreign stations gave some music entrepreneurs the idea of setting up radio stations on ships anchored in the English Channel, just outside the territorial three mile limit. Radio Caroline started broadcasting from a re-purposed World War II naval ship at Easter 1964. By the fall Caroline had more listeners than all three BBC stations combined and the disc jockeys had become household names. Soon the Channel was bristling with other pirate vessels notably Radio Atlanta and Wonderful Radio London. Rock and roll music was unstoppable now and for British teens the sixties officially began.  Even when the government passed the Marine Broadcast Offences Act in 1967, making it a crime to broadcast programming at sea, it was too late to turn back the clock.

Roy Merritt   -   When I first heard Van Morrison I just naturally assumed he was from the American South. His deliverance and the agony in his voice has always made me contemplate my home in North Carolina and other journeys I've made throughout this often blistering terrain. His voice evokes the good and evil that has existed in the southern heart since this nation came into being.

Harvey DuMarce   -   I’m glad to hear Van Morrison is still rolling along like a fine old car. I love that guy’s music. Don’t care if he’s grumpy. I love grumpy. I began listening to him at Berkeley in the 1970s and my listening hasn’t stopped. Keep on rolling. Keep on with the great music. You make life so much more interesting.

Brett   -   In 1965 I had been playing drums for about four years already. I was ten and was in my first band with my older brother and other older boys. I felt elevated to a higher status being in that band ("The Kings," later renamed "Page Five"), as all of the other members were 14 or 15. We played the "hits" of the day and, of course, one of the big ones was Gloria. My brother had a copy, it's flip side was, I believe, Baby Please Don't Go. We played many of the other standards for young Rock bands, and my focus as a drummer was on a kind of Mersey Beat. This had a strong back beat (a strong emphasis on 2 and 4 of a 4/4 beat pattern, or even all four beats given supreme emphasis, at times with a double back beat on 2 accented by two eighth note taps), Ringo would be the drumming example most people can relate that to, although there were many more. The rhythm of Gloria had just a flavor of that Mersey Beat emphasis but with more Rhythm and Blues thrown in; and, along with a lot of the Animals' tunes, it gave me a starting point for influences that combined American Roots music with British Mod sounds.

I didn't know anything about Van Morrison at the time, but that soon changed as he was soon to present and represent something no other musician would or could. His music was and is at once a sound so strongly influenced by African-American roots music/Spirituals, Romantic poetry and Irish Laments, yet those influences were and are internalised the way great artists do and not merely homages or impersonations that can be discerned directly.

Morrison could have gone the way of so many promising musicians and sold out after his Brown Eyed Girl, but he kept moving away from that limelight in favour of seeking a path guided by something else. I would compare him to Dylan in that way, a true artist, less inclined to compromise a vision and more inclined to follow his own muse.

Kate Mortimer   -    I have been a Van Morrison fan since I first heard Moondance and Tupelo Honey. As a musician, I enjoyed playing his songs on stage. When I first saw him live, I was overcome by his passion and I can totally relate to him being moved so much by the emotion of what one is playing that sometimes the audience is an irritant.  Although it would be hard to pick out a favourite album or song of Van's, the song that helped me through the darkest moment of my life was Beautiful Vision. My two-year-old son had been killed in an accident and I was sunk in a deep depression. My husband brought me the tape when I was in the hospital - and I found such solace in the images and words in the title song. It is still a mystery to me how he could write those words with such feeling and understanding. I will be forever grateful to him. Thank you, Van, for ALL your work!
Mike Scarlett   -   Morrison was at The Memphis Music Festival about 12 years ago. I was really up to see because I loved his music. He was so drunk he could hardly talk, much less sing. I was so disappointed. I never listen anymore.
Nancy Cox   -   I introduced my 19-year-old son to Van Morrison songs. He would always sneak my CDs then I would hear him pulling into the yard playing Van Morrison. Then I knew he was the one that had it and I didn’t care. There was one that he and I would always listen to.  When Into The Mystic came on I would grab his hand while riding in the car and tell him he was the most important thing in the world to me. As I ride in the car now I’ll play Into The Mystic and look over thinking of him and wishing he was still here, waiting for him to start singing. My son passed away at the age of 21 on January 7,  2008. I miss him dearly but I still have Into The Mystic and remember the times we rode down the road together singing and holding hands. Thank you Van Morrison!
Ion   -    There are two songs of Van Morrison's that I listen to over and over; namely, Too Long in Exile, which is almost like a drug for me; it replenishes my immigrant heart with much needed pain. I guess I just like to feel sorry for myself, from time to time. The other song is Cry for Home which I like to torture myself with for the same reason, i.e., homesickness.

Phyllis McKee   -   In the late 1960s, the Band was playing at Boston's Symphony Hall, one of the first rock shows to appear at that venue.  It was a loud, boisterous crowd, smokey clouds ascending to the ceiling. We were really ready for the music to start, when, unannounced, this guy came on stage singing Brown Eyed Girl. He wasn't on the bill, and he was singing this top-40s hit, which wasn't very cool in those days.  The crowd started with a low rumble, and the boos got louder and louder. They forced this guy off the stage! (It was Van Morrison)
Jim L-L   -   Van Morrison performs hackneyed phrases as if he is the only one who truly understands, and then we all hear it for the first time and then over and over again as we become hypnotised and transported.  His recent song Behind the Ritual includes perhaps the funniest and intensely serious commentary on the transcendence and simultaneous meaninglessness of pop music, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Friday, 17 August 2012

10 Van Quotes - Part 3

  21.  "It doesn't worry me if people have different interpretations.  Things I've written a long time ago mean different things now.  When I'm performing them, they mean totally different things.  As you change so it changes ... The songs, the meanings, everything changes constantly."

  22.  "I'm just channelling. That's what I do.  I say it's a collective unconscious.  That's what i prefer to call it.  I'm channelling these ideas that are coming through from wherever they are I don't know."

  23..  "I'm not a rehearsal person. I only rehearse if I have something new to learn. I'm a performer. Every time I sing something it's going to be different than the previous time."

  24.   "With Moondance, I wrote the melody first. I played the melody on a soprano sax and I knew I had a song so I wrote lyrics to go with the melody. That's the way I wrote that one. I don't really have any words to particularly describe the song, sophisticated is probably the word I'm looking for. For me, Moondance is a sophisticated song. Frank Sinatra wouldn't be out of place singing that."

  25. "Into the Music was about the first album where I felt, 'I'm starting here'...the Wavelength thing, I didn't really feel that was me."

  26.  "Like I say, the way I write songs is, you know, inspirational. I have to wait for it to happen. And when it happens I get lines, and I just write them down, you know. I'm not sort of a Tin Pan Alley sort of songwriter. I just sort of write down what I get - without censoring or questioning what it is and what it means, you know. Like later on I look at what it means, but not at the time."
  27.  "The odd time something happens and you go into some kind of enchantment (on stage). But you have to work very hard to get that. Most of the time you're just playing and singing the songs, and there's no guarantee that you are going to get anywhere...."
  28.  "When I was fifteen, I became a professional musician. I got involved with people and did certain things which led me to start making records and touring. And leaving Belfast and going to London and America, one thing led to another and I got caught up in the life that I'm living now...I was very young and I followed something."
  29.  "Where I feel this has cost me is in the personality situation, where you're expected to be a personality. You not only have to write and record, but you have to go out and sell it. Well, I'm not a salesman, and I'm very bad at selling things. If I had to do that for a living, I'd probably be completely broke. I can't sell myself. And I don't even want to. That's something that's not going to change."
  30.  "Music to me is spontaneous, writing is spontaneous and it's all based on not trying to do it. From beginning to end, whether it's writing a song, or playing guitar, or a particular chord sequence, or blowing a horn, it's based on improvisation and spontaneity."

Monday, 13 August 2012

Stop Playing Brown Eyed Girl!

Stop Playing These Songs! was/is a blog “dedicated to the elimination of overplayed standards from the repertoires of cover bands everywhere, and to offering more pleasing (to the ear, heart, and mind) and satisfying musical substitutes”.  Brown Eyed Girl recently became the tenth song to reach 10 million radio plays and attracts criticism from the blog.  Other songs to be described as "overplayed" are The Ramones' I Wanna Be Sedated and Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama.   
Here’s most of the post from the Stop Playing These Songs blog about Brown Eyed Girl and some reader responses to the post. 

Stop Playing Brown Eyed Girl!

ARTIST: Van Morrison
ORIGINAL SOURCE: single/Blowin' Your Mind album (Bang!, 1967)
OTHER SOURCES: The Best Of Van Morrison (Mercury, 1990), Still on Top (2007), plus numerous appearances on various Bang reissues and on hundreds of compilation releases.

Van Morrison's biggest international hit record, Brown Eyed Girl came between his career as the lead singer of Them and his emergence as a solo singer/songwriter. Although Morrison wrote the song, the overall feel and sound of the resulting record owes as much to producer Bert Berns as it does to Morrison. Like several other Bang releases of the era it's based on a simple, three-chord pattern and a slightly Latin feel. Lyrically, however, is where Morrison's song contribution shines, with its semi-autobiographical tale of rural romance and fond remembrances of geographic locations. The excellent bass-heavy instrumental bridge is one of the song's most important hooks, and it's a long-remembered part of the song to almost any AM radio listener of the period, even to this day.
The original title of the song was "Brown-Skinned Girl". While a song revelling in interracial sex would be far from objectionable nowadays, back in 1967 apparently Bert Burns forced Morrison to change the title.  Brown-Eyed Girl, once a revered standard, is now just plain bar band filler. Take a song that several other bar bands around the world have played to death, and that only needs three basic guitar chords, slop it around in your practice space for about 20 minutes, and voila! - instant filler material. So what if every other band in the area sleepwalks through it and you can't remember half the words?

But let's face it, folks... trying to breathe life into Brown-Eyed Girl in the 21st century would be like Ed Wood using the same 10 minutes of silent star Bela Lugosi footage he used in Plan 9 From Outer Space in a sequel shot several years later. It just doesn't work.

 Reader Responses

Alex   -   First off, you are providing a much-needed public service.  With that said, what are your thoughts re: Patti Smith's "Gloria"? Exempt from the Van Morrison cover band crisis, or fuelling the fire?  I, for one, would replace "Brown-Eyed Girl" from any bar band's repertoire with all 9.5 excruciating minutes of "Madame George."

Grotesqueticle   -   Even Van Morrison refuses to play this one anymore. 
CJ   -   I couldn't agree more that this is one of the most annoying songs in the history of music and anyone who plays it should be instantly vaporised.
Paul   -   I agree. When I tune into my local classic rock station, and they say Van Morrison is up next, I ponder, hmmm, gee, I wonder what song they will play? Then, it comes to me. They will break out their i Van Morrison greatest hits CD, and, sure enough, there it is, Brown Eyed Girl. Honourable mention goes to Moondance, the other Van Morrison record they own.
Rebek   -   Well I just got back from the gym and I am beat. I am currently doing some research on online guitar and stumbled across your blog. Which cracks me up really. The internet can certainly land you off base sometimes. Even though Van Morrison - is not completely related I think it is a cool blog. I have read back through the archives and lots of people make some very good points. Well I have been on-line forever it seems. I need to continue to plug away at online guitar. If you have the energy swing by online guitar.
Sabrina   -   What-ever! I STILL like the songs you are slamming here...and I'll have you know the Rick Springfield version of "Gloria" he does in concert totally Rocks...he ad libs various scenarios with Gloria and it's HILARIOUS!
Dphilley   -   I often perform the song, Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison as a busker (street musician). Not only do I get all sorts of smiles from girls with brown eyes, it is also one of the songs I do which receives the most tips in my guitar case. 
Khristine   -   Don't quite like this song. This is a bit boring.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Van and Genealogy

Is Van the Universal Man? A modern day da Vinci?  As I troll (!) the internet I can't find any field of endeavour untouched by the stubby fingers of George Ivan Morrison.  From the Corn and Cotton Genealogy blog I read the amazing, almost bizarre,  What Van Morrison taught me about genealogy… post.   Here is most of that post by Stephanie Pitcher Fishman followed by a few loyal reader comments.  (As I read the reader comments I can't help put think this is how Van Fans or Vanatics sound to outsiders: obsessed and slightly loopy.)  

Those who know me understand that I’m not a morning person. As I listened to Van Morrison on Pandora along with my coffee I realised that I have a new anthem for my genealogical pursuits: Days Like This.   

When it’s not always raining there’ll be days like this
When there’s no one complaining there’ll be days like this

When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch
Well my mama told me there’ll be days like this

I had one of those days recently. I had a family line (DODDS) that was just falling into place. I found family groups, fathers and mothers, certificates of all sorts, and a Union Army company with a great history… it was a day where the genealogy switch was flipped. It was a day like THAT. I hadn’t started with a plan which made it even better. I had a free day unexpectedly, so I simply sat down with my notebooks, RootsMagic, and decided to see which relative would come when I called.

When you don’t need an answer there’ll be days like this

When you don’t meet a chancer there’ll be days like this
When all the parts of the puzzle start to look like they fit

Then I must remember there’ll be days like this

Every one of my DODDS relatives were exactly where I needed them to be. They migrated in a pattern and were buried near relatives. They named their children beautiful names that weren’t repeated, like Olive B. “Ollie” DODDS. I could see one husband matched with one wife who lived in a beautiful area that had wonderful records scanned and indexed on FamilySearch. My genealogical puzzle was coming together.
When everyone is up front and they’re not playing tricks
When you don’t have no freeloaders out to get their kicks
When it’s nobody’s business the way that you want to live
I’ll just have to remember there’ll be days like this
My 3rd grandfather, Isaac S. Dodds, played no tricks on me. He was a lovely man who laid out his life in an orderly fashion. I’m still looking for information that will help me learn about his life beyond the dates, places, and occupations, but I have a good lead on him. A farmer and Civil War veteran (48th OH Co. A) he had a large family in beautiful Highland County, Ohio. I’ve located 11 children so far, including my 2nd great-grandmother, Carrie Amelia (DODDS) Ladd, whose small New Testament Bible I have sitting on my desk. I love that her signature is on the inside cover in pencil. Isaac and his wife, Mary, were married for 58 years before he passed away. In a very short amount of time I was able to see his life through documents such as Civil War Veteran’s Pension applications and a death certificate from the State of Ohio.
Then I met his father, William. My perfect genealogy day was met with twists, turns, confusion, a possible missing wife, and an part of the state where several William Dodds all resided in a small area. I’m still not even sure that I have the right man. But, that’s OK. I was reminded with my perfect puzzle-piece-fitting day that although there is some confusion, there will still be days like the day I met my 3rd great-grandfather, Isaac.
 Some Reader Responses

 Jen Alford   -   How wonderful! Those lyrics really do fit well with how genealogy research ebbs and flows. I’m glad you were able to make so much progress on your free day. 
Stephanie Pitcher Fishman   -   Isn’t it a great fit? And, it’s a perfect reminder. We have to hold onto those days where all the family happens to be exactly where they need to be because it isn’t going to last very long. 

Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana   -   I ‘knew’ this was gonna be a great post, and it is. Indeed, it makes me wonder how, or even if, music influenced our ancestors lives. Right now, this minute…that thought popped into my head! I know that you have lots of interesting branches with quite a few odd leaves, so it’s wonderful to know that this one sturdy branch gave you so much. Now, onto the crooked ones.
Shelley Bishop   -   Oh how I love days like that, Stephanie! There’s nothing sweeter than when things fall into place. And the fact that you have Carrie’s old Bible? Doubly sweet. What a great analogy to the song. Now I’m going to have it in my head all day.
Cindy Freed   -   Congratulations on your perfect genealogy day! How wonderful you found several members of one of your family lines and a Civil War ancestor to boot! That’s exciting!
Magda   -   That Van Morrison song. How inspirational!
Devon Lee   -   What a great post. I love when things fall into place. Days like these become so much the sweeter when we have crooked, or perhaps withered branches.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Kid Shirt Vs Van

Here's a nasty, puerile post from someone calling himself Kid Shirt.  Where do people get ideas like this?  Thankfully there are stalking laws in place to protect famous people who attract attention from weirdos.  But my main question is, why would anyone brag about acting like this?     


Long-term readers (all one of yuh!) might faintly recall that I was once involved in a one-man war against Van Morrison a few years back. I became so incensed that the Boring Fat Oirish One was playing in my home-town of Yoevil that I decided to protest by picketing his show. Well, hell, sometimes you've just gotta draw a line in the snow.

During the day, the concept of the picket sort of escalated and I ended up making a mask of Mike Scott of The Waterboys that I wore during my solitary protest. The 'logic' surrounding this was that I'd heard a story (apocryphal or not, I've no idea) that Mike (who, I must add, we at Kid Shirt love dearly) had irritated, angered or scared The Van in some unspecified way - there were rumours that Morrison (allegedly) used to send his assistants/bodyguards/mates into Dublin pubs ahead of himself, just to make sure Mr. Scott wasn't already in there drinking....I've no idea why (or even if this was really true), but I figured that a totemic representation of Mike would make a great addition to my protest...
I realised I'd never posted any photos documenting this evening, so I thought I oughta finally remedy this. What happened was this: I stood outside The Johnson Hall (I deliberately still call it The Johnson Hall, not The Octogon, as its original name is forever associated (in my own inner-mythic landscape) w/ seeing bands like Hawkwind, Thin Lizzy, Greenslade, etc in the early/mid-70s, so, for the sake of this exercise, it then takes on more historico-psychic 'weight'...) wearing my mask and holding a sign...and I asked Van The Man's fans to photograph me as they went in...the idea being that I was then using his own fan-base's (mostly middle-aged, middle-class couples) energy to attack him - a sort of psychic Jujitsu approach whereby your opponent's own force (middle-class, sluggish & dull, in this case) is turned back on him. In retrospect, prob. not a good tactic, as his fans' life-forces were weak....I would've done better rounding up a group of random disgruntled teenagers to lob mud-blobs at the venue instead...

Still, always wise after the fact, eh?

Later on, I snuck round the back of the venue and left some placards on his tour-bus. Almost got busted by a roadie doing this and had to scarper back round some bushes while he had a fag. There was a visceral, almost electric thrill leaving these messages while I could hear Van Von Doom crooning bland Celtic white-soul bollocks thru the stage-door nearby - the adrenaline rush was incredible. Already, I could feel this turning from a picket into some sort of magical 'working'...(tho the arcane energies I unleashed backfired on me a few days/weeks later and actually melted the hard-drive on my PC)....

I then tried to, er, 'befriend' his driver who was stood outside having a this point I started running some weird fantasy through my head whereby I ended up getting invited back-stage with Van and was able to do... his dressing-room (my exact plan was still unclear...). But I was was so turned on by this idea, that I had to discretely grind my teeth while I talked to him...but it was to no avail: the driver was unfriendly and monosyllablic (working with the Boring Fat Oirish One'll do that to ya, I guess)...I only got the odd grunt out of him, which is weird...he prob. thought I was a twat (which I am)...usually, long as they're not mega-busy at that particular moment, most road-crew guys are usually v. open and friendly when you talk about their jobs, cos no one ever asks them about what they do, so they're happy to toss some Saxondale-esque anecdotes at ya about Reading '80 or Glastonbury '84...I even tried turning the conversation around to Mike Scott, in an attempt to find out more about The Man's alleged antipathy t/wards Mike - did Van know him very well, had the driver met M.S.?, etc - but, nah, he thought I was just some stage-struck wurzel wassock and contemptuously ignored me. His loss.

The Merch-guy was much more friendlier and chattier, but it transpired that he didn't travel with Van's fact, I think he may have had to even buy into the T-shirt franchise...but he didn't have any anecdotes; he drove from town to town separate from the band and crew and didn't really have contact with Thee Great Toad.
Anyway, it was a great evening out and I thoroughly recommend picketing a band you don't like the next time they come to town. It's cheap and it's really great fun. I think I did mention a couple years ago that I did consider picketing Midge Ure when he played Yeovil...I thought about wearing a Warren Cann mask and carrying a sign that said "Wotcha, Lol!"...
 but, hey, sometimes life's just too short.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Tickets to Van Morrison

Brisbane, Australia local Gabrielle Burke has just announced the production of a new low budget indie film called Tickets to Van Morrison.  Burke is a DJ on one of Australia's most popular radio stations called Triple J.  The station wouldn't be so poular with your average Van Fan, catering more for your indie and 'dance-oriented rock' fan.  It also has that unique type of music you hear coming out of car stereos where the car stereo is worth more than the whole car.  You know that "dooff, dooff" music you hear as the car drives past you with the young driver raising his middle finger. 

Currently she's looking for donors for her $5000 film.  Tickets To Van Morrison has a release date of late August or early September.  The film looks to be a tear jerker with a plot that is advertised as, "as Tom comes to terms with his stage four cancer, he finds comfort in Beth, a carefree woman with a degenerative heart condition".

Sounds bit like 'all the pain that Hank Williams knows'.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

The Five Best Van Morrison Albums?

Astral Weeks - Everybody's Favourite it seems

Baby Boomer music fans love lists, apparently.  Rolling Stone, Q, Uncut and Mojo are full of them.  One wag on the net suggested that it won't be long before Mojo publishes its list of the "50 Greatest Lists Ever Published in Mojo" (as chosen by guest celebrities)!  In this post I've listed 30 random internet responses by people trying to answer the unanswerable - 'what are Van's best five albums?'

Rob O'Connor   -   Hymns to the Silence, Common One,  St. Dominic's Preview,  Veedon Fleece and Astral Weeks

Thomas G. Reilly   -   Veedon Fleece,  Moondance,  Saint Dominic's Preview,  Hard Nose the Highway and Into the Music
Yoshiboy   -   The Philosopher's Stone, Veedon Fleece, Moondance, Back on Top and Astral Weeks

Boffyflow   -   Astral Weeks, Into the Music, Dark Knight of the Soul, No Guru, No Method, No Teacher and Tupelo Honey.  
Purplezorro   -   Astral weeks, Moondance, It's Too Late to Stop Now, The Healing Game and How Long Has This Been Going On
Richbracey   -   Astral Weeks, Veedon Fleece, Saint Dominic's Preview, Moondance and Irish Heartbeat
Wouter   -   Veedon Fleece, St.Dominic's Preview, Moondance, Common One and Astral Weeks
Saxophonegirl   -   Moondance, Common One, The Healing Game, Veedon Fleece and It’s Too Late to Stop Now
Luckylepton   -   Hard Nose The Highway, Veedon Fleece, St.Dominic's Preview, Wavelength and It's Too Late To Stop Now

Bmonster exile103   -    Astral Weeks, It's Too Late to Stop Now, Veedon Fleece,  Saint Dominic's Preview and  Moondance
Felixkanmixit   -   Poetic Champions Compose, Enlightenment, Beautiful Vision, The Healing Game and Avalon Sunset
K. Cooper   -   Moondance, Tupelo Honey, It's Too Late To Stop Now, The Best of Van Morrison and Still on Top: The Greatest Hits
Jazzbrett   -   Common One, No Guru, No Method, No Teacher, Veedon Fleece, The Healing Game and Astral Weeks
Anonymous   -   Moondance, Astral Weeks, Veedon Fleece, Common One and Into the Music
Fcescgb   -   Tell Me Something - The Songs of Mose Allison, Moondance, Astral Weeks, Days Like This and The Healing Game
rosebud_rouge   -   Astral Weeks, Veedon Fleece, Tupelo Honey, His Band and the Street Choir and Moondance

Crustclock   -    Veedon Fleece, Into The Music, Astral Weeks, A Period Of Transition and St Dominic's Preview
Bentwick09   -   Hymns To The Silence,  A Night In San Francisco, Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart, Saint Dominic's Preview and No Guru, No Method, No Teacher
Immat   -   Moondance, Astral Weeks, Into The Music, Enlightenment and Hymns To The Silence
Ohsweetthing   -   Astral Weeks, Tupelo Honey, Moondance, His Band and the Street Choir and Veedon Fleece

Johnny Archer   -    Astral Weeks,  Into the Music, Moondance, Saint Dominic's Preview and  No Guru, No Method, No Teacher
leivy10   -   Astral Weeks, Street Choir, Moondance, Into the Music and The Healing Game
Azoren24   -   Astral Weeks, It's Too Late to Stop Now, Common One, Hard Nose the Highway, St. Dominic’s Preview
ldrmo   -   No Guru, No Method, No Teacher, Poetic Champions Compose, Tupelo Honey, Pay the Devil and Hymns To The Silence
van1966   -    No Guru No Method No Teacher,  Astral Weeks,  Into the Music, Moondance  and Poetic Champions Compose
Schuuring   -   Astral Weeks, Veedon Fleece, No Guru, No Method, No Teacher, Beautiful Vision and It's Too Late to Stop Now
Astrosapien   -   Astral Weeks, It's Too Late to Stop Now, His Band and the Street Choir, Wavelength and Poetics Champions Compose
Munch   -   Astral Weeks, Common One,   Saint Dominic's Preview, Enlightenment and Tupelo Honey
Mois Benarroch   -   Veedon Fleece,  Moondance,  Astral Weeks, Saint Dominic's Preview and Inarticulate Speech of the Heart
James D   -   Moondance, His Band and the Street Choir,Tupelo Honey, Into the Music and It's Too Late to Stop No

Conclusion?  It seems like the five albums pictured here are clearly the most popular with fans.