Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Songs and Albums - More Fan Opinion

There are thousands of sites where Van Morrison and Van related topics are commented on in forum discussions.  Here is an example from Reddit which has been edited for the sake of brevity. Rimbaud82 gets things going and soon others join in. There are wildly varying opinions out there:  

Rimbaud82   -   So how many Van Morrison fans do we have here? What are your favourite songs? Van is my favourite singer (as in vocalist) of all time, his voice is amazing. Imo it’s the richest, and most expressive voice in all of rock music, there is no one better in my opinion. Someone described it as “aural poetry” and that’s incredibly accurate. Rolling Stone said, “He’s the most painterly of vocalists, a master of unexpected phrasing whose voice can transform lyrics into something abstract and mystical.”

“I know of no music that is more lucid, feel able, hearable, seeable, touchable, no music you can experience more intensely than this. Not just moments, but extended … periods of experience which convey the feel of what films could be: a form or perception which no longer burls itself blindly on meanings and definitions, but allows the sensuous to take over and grow … where indeed something does become indescribable.”

Van holds a special place for me…he comes from the same place I do and so I can relate to him more. Van’s lyrics are exceptional in another way — they are pure poetry and his view on things is really like my own, his pastoral, romantic, wonder-filled lyrics really strike a chord with me.

I’ll just leave you with these songs and await your thoughts… Summertime in England, Astral Weeks, Sweet Thing, Into the Mystic and Listen to the Lion.

Sister Ray   -   Anything off of Astral Weeks... arguably one of the greatest albums of all time. My personal favourites off the album are Madame George and the title track.

Crimson Jim   -   A girl that I used to have a huge crush on, gave me Astral Weeks because she had a duplicate. My god. What an album.

Yer Maaaaa   -   I've been listening to this album for over 20 years It is a work if genius, especially when you consider how the speed at which it was recorded and how young he was at the time. I come from Belfast myself and it blows me away that this miracle of an album comes from the mind of a short arse who grew up less than 10 minutes from where I'm typing this. Anyway, this was the album I feel in love with my wife to.

DingusMcQuaid   -   Into the Mystic was my mom's favorite song ever, and I played it at her funeral five years ago. I still can't hear it without tearing up a bit.

Cold Cat Kid   -   Veedon Fleece is such an under appreciated album. Definitely one of the best records ever recorded, in my honest opinion. Linden Arden Stole the Highlights, Bulbs, Streets of Arklow, Country Fair...incredible!

Kruft   -   Veedon Fleece is my favourite. I have to say though, I'm surprised this thread has no mention of Hard Nose the Highway. Best album art evaarrrr and Snow in San Anselmo is unlike any other song, by anyone.

creaturefeature16   -   Come Here My Love gets me every time. Makes me want to take a trip to the forest with my wife and just stare and the sky and love life.

Cold Cat Kid   -   Yeah, that song is hauntingly beautiful. I sometimes sit and listen to that album from beginning to end uninterrupted. I love all Van's work but Astral Weeks, Veedon Fleece and St. Dominic's Preview have been such huge influences on me as a musician. Those records are mythical to me, much like Van himself.

Luder714   -   I am surprised that there is no love for Tupelo Honey on here.

Flyingrats   -   This was my first Van Morrison album. I took it from my mom's record collection sometime in the mid 80's. I still have it. I don't think this is the best VM album but it will always be my favourite.

Andrew Fargo   -   Caravan.  The version at The Last Waltz and his funky little coked out dance at the end always slays me. So so, good. Also, the alternate Madame George from T.B. Sheets/The Bang Masters was always a favourite too.

Bearded Samurai   -   There's also the song 4% Pantomime he did with the Band sharing vocals with Richard Manual which kicks ass.

Sociable Jimmy   -   Cleaning Windows!

Great Fool667   -   This song changed the way I think about work. Instead of being bored doing menial tasks I try to find zen like peace and inspiration doing a simple job very well.

Ezshucks   -   Dweller on the Threshold is an amazing song.

Creaturefeature16   -   We dedicated that song to our cat. If you listen to the chorus, you can understand why. My wife and refer to Van as our "church". We gain so much from his music and it's fulfilling on so many levels.

Rogdabod833   -   Steal My Heart Away does it every time

Turnippoontang   -   Everyone is my personal favourite. It plays in the final scene of my favourite movie, The Royal Tenenbaums, and every time I hear it, I can't help but smile.

Fah-Q   -   His version of TB Sheets is freaking awesome, my personal favourite he did. That song gives me the chills the way it's delivered.

The White Death   -   Wow, there are so many! If i had to pick just one I'd have to go with A Sense of Wonder. I'm a big fan of his mid-career stuff: Avalon Sunset, Enlightenment, Poetic Champions Compose. Great stuff.

Kind Bass   -   Not his most popular stuff, but I absolutely love his white Irish James Brown phase. John Henry, Western Plain, Naked in the Jungle and I've Been Working.

Algernon_Moncrieff   -   Perhaps Van Morrison's greatest accomplishment was that he set out to create not just his own music but his own genre of music. He loved soul but didn't want to just be a white Irishman copying black Americans. He termed his music "Celtic soul".

Rimbaud82   -   I tell you guys what,s an amazing song Hey, Where Are You. Pretty certain this was recorded for Astral Weeks, judging by the sound. It's an unreleased, live in the studio one but it's great.

Justawildguess   -   But I wanted to throw Virgo Clowns out there. It might be the Van Morrison song I listen to most these days.

Pastry Saus   -   A Night in San Francisco is my favourite live album of his.

Ten_Mile_Hike   -   I'm probably in the minority on this but I always liked the albums Inarticulate Speech of the Heart and The Healing Game.

Djnev   -   Bright Side of The Road and Precious Time really do it for me. It's obviously his later stuff, but love a bit of brass.

Markleman   -   Scandinavia on the album Beautiful Vision.Best song ever.

Drunk For Days   -   I love Van Morrison. My stepfather is the one who introduced me to him with The Best of Van Morrison in the early nineties. I can still name the track listing front to back, and when I hear certain songs on the radio or elsewhere, I always expect the next song on the disk afterward.
Astral Weeks through Tupelo Honey is my favourite time period. But I also have a soft spot for Back on Top, which has some gems on it.

My Shambar   -   Call Me Up in Dreamland

Oz Punk   -   Van Morrison is great! Domino, Jackie Wilson Said, Tupelo Honey, Into the Mystic, Queen of the Slipstream come to mind as some of my favourites. Someone Like You is too since that was one of my wedding songs.

Chilled Saffron   -   Into the Mystic and It Stoned Me are easily my two favourite Van Morrison songs.

Braken   -   Astral Weeks is my favourite VM album, and Into the Mystic does it for individual songs (I also love the Colin James cover).

Yeshua_Beck   -   I have heard interviews with Van joking about the lack of meaning behind a lot of his lyrics, I would definitely agree with that statement, ability to creatively and abstractly put words and sounds together that create an auditory experience tough to compete with I think is what makes Van so damn good.

Mitchgeist   -   New to Van Morrison, but my favourite song is Autumn Song.

Groove Kittie   -   As for favourite songs, Into the Mystic, Tupelo Honey, Caravan, Sweet Thing, Moondance, Brown-Eyed Girl, I Wanna Roo You, Santa Fe/Beautiful Obsession, and Astral Weeks.

Azdavy   -   For about 5 years his music was the primary colour of my musical spectrum. His live album, It's Too Late To Stop Now is one of the greatest live albums ever recorded. For every bad thing Van has done live, this album alone atones for all his sins.

Fearsomedude   -    A Period Of Transition is very underrated.

Shoe009   -   My favourite song will always be Ringworm.

Causeway7   -   Here Comes the Night.

My Puptino   -   Wavelength all day every day. I love Van Morrison. His music is a treasure that continually amazes me in new ways.

Albino Muntjac   -   The one song that will always be special to me is When the Leaves Come Falling Down. I can clearly remember the first time I heard it: I was in my college dorm room and they played it during the closing credits after the NY Yankees lost the 2001 World Series to the Arizona Diamondbacks. I sat there on my little bed with tears running down my face listening to this song and I had no idea why.

Take   -   I think his first eight solo records — Blowin' Your Mind, Moondance, Astral Weeks, His Band and Street Choir, Tupelo Honey, Saint Dominic's Preview, Hard Nose the Highway and Veedon Fleece — might be the best eight albums in a row by any artist since humans started recording music.

Willard2566   -   Domino was my first Van Morrison song so it opened that door for me.

Bye Night   -   Reminds Me Of You may be the saddest song ever.

Lost In Demonia   -   From 1999 through about 2006 I barely listened to anything but Van, such a great experience. I'm back into Van at the moment in a big way. His 2009-2010 phase was just so damn good it's scary.

Meow_or_never   -   Oh where to even start. I'm sure all the basics have been covered. Into the Music is probably my favourite album. And the Healing Has Begun and Stepping Out Queen are hard to beat. And then the compilation of Philosopher's Stone, has some crazy good dif arrangements of already recorded songs, and "Stepping Out Queen Pt. 2". One of my all time favourite live performances is See Me Through off A Night in San Francisco.

Lulu The Pirate Hooker   -   My favourite is Alan Watts Blues - that feeling of getting away from it all to recharge - love, love, love. Into the Mystic is a close second.

Smat1124   -   St. Dominic's buddy and I would come back to our dorm room from a night at the bars and listen to that as we fell asleep. Two completely heteorsexual guys can't share a more romantic moment in this life.

El_Hechizado   -   My favourite Van Morrison album is the collaboration he does with The Chieftains, called Irish Heartbeat. It's only 10 songs, all Irish classics. But they work so well together. I'll Tell Me Ma.

Electric Marmalade   -   Veedon Fleece is my absolute favourite of his. You Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push The River has to be one of the best songs of all time.

Double-dog-doctor   -   Glad Tidings always steals my heart a little bit. It's that song that was always playing in the car when we drove to the beach at night during summer breaks from college. Such a bittersweet song.

Ishmawford   -   Madame George might be the greatest song ever.

Jackson Tripper   -  Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl. Ballerina. Says pretty much all about the man and his music that needs to be said, in just under ten minutes.

HurdyGurdy9   -   Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Tupelo Honey, Cleaning Windows, Wild Night and I can't forget the rocking I'm Not Feeling It Anymore

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