Moondance [Remastered]by Van Morrison
The yang to Astral Weeks' yin, the brilliant Moondance is every bit as much a classic as its predecessor; Van Morrison's first commercially successful solo effort, it retains the previous album's deeply spiritual thrust but transcends its bleak, cathartic intensity to instead explore themes of renewal and redemption. Light,/i>/i>/a>
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This is a great reissue pressing of a classic album. "And it stoned me" is a perfect track to open the album. (Specifically labled "R1 1835") Remastering is great on this on, I also have a 1970's pressing and it sounds as good, if not superior though my hifi setup. a must have for someone starting a vinyl collection!
I listened to the second disc of out-takes before revisiting the classic original album. The alternate takes simply highlight how great the finished product was. Only the jazzy version of Moondance and the long blues I've Been Working equal what was released. The other takes are good, but not up to the high standard Van Morrison set on his masterpiece. You can hear the influence of The Band on several of the cuts. It's too bad they never collaborated on a full album. This was as close as Morrison ever came to becoming a breakout pop star. Moondance is probably the best place to meet Van The Man.