Astral Weeks

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Astral Weeks is generally considered one of the best albums in pop music history. For all that renown, Astral Weeks is anything but an archetypal rock & roll album: in fact, it isn't a rock & roll album at all. Employing a mixture of folk, blues, jazz, and classical music, Van Morrison spins out a series of extended ruminations on his Belfast upbringing, including the remarkable character "Madame George" and the climactic epiphany experienced on "Cyprus Avenue." Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, Morrison sings in his elastic, bluesy voice, accompanied by a jazz rhythm section Jay Berliner, guitar, Richard Davis, bass, Connie Kay, drums, plus reeds John ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Astral Weeks is generally considered one of the best albums in pop music history. For all that renown, Astral Weeks is anything but an archetypal rock & roll album: in fact, it isn't a rock & roll album at all. Employing a mixture of folk, blues, jazz, and classical music, Van Morrison spins out a series of extended ruminations on his Belfast upbringing, including the remarkable character "Madame George" and the climactic epiphany experienced on "Cyprus Avenue." Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, Morrison sings in his elastic, bluesy voice, accompanied by a jazz rhythm section Jay Berliner, guitar, Richard Davis, bass, Connie Kay, drums, plus reeds John Payne and vibes Warren Smith, Jr., with a string quartet overdubbed. An emotional outpouring cast in delicate musical structures, Astral Weeks has a unique musical power. Unlike any record before or since, it nevertheless encompasses the passion and tenderness that have always mixed in the best postwar popular music, easily justifying the critics' raves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992717625
  • Catalog Number: 1768
  • Sales rank: 3,562

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Astral Weeks (7:00)
  2. 2 Beside You (5:10)
  3. 3 Sweet Thing (4:10)
  4. 4 Cyprus Avenue (6:50)
  5. 5 The Way Young Lovers Do (3:10)
  6. 6 Madame George (9:25)
  7. 7 Ballerina (7:00)
  8. 8 Slim Slow Slider (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Van Morrison Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals
Richard Davis Bass
Jay Berliner Guitar
Connie Kay Drums
John Payne Flute, Soprano Saxophone
Warren Smith Percussion, Vibes
Technical Credits
Brooks Arthur Engineer
Larry Fallon Arranger
Lewis Merenstein Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD is phenomenal

    I first heard this CD some 15 years ago and it has been one of my favorites since that time. The musicians on the album are brilliant and the bass playing of Richard Davis gives me a natural high. Morrison has always had the knack of blending jazz and soul into a his own sound, and knowing what musicans will get the right sound he's searching for. This is a musical treasure. Bravo to the man from Belfast.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow, Timeless

    Seriously, words can't express how amazing this album is. Sweet thing is probably the ''stand out'' song on the album but the rest of the album makes that song so much better. The whole album has its flow but also also at the same time each cut is different. I'm telling pure musical bliss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Van Morrison: Invariably the greatest . . .

    Listening to this CD confirms what a brilliant musician this man really is. There is no other like him. The songs on this CD are deeply rooted in the soul. His lyrics are miraculous. He will always be my favourite singer of all times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    van the man

    this album is a remarkably smooth effort by van. he is at his most poignant, and the remarkably well written ballads are a testament to this legendary singer. it is hard to believe that this piece of work was written in only 2 days. buy this album and there will be no regrets on your part.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of those Classics No Ones Heard Of

    Like all great works, Astral Weeks has a sound all its own, and a sound even distinct from other Van albums. It took me several times thru, but once I caught on I've been listening to it for years. The second half of the song 'Astral Weeks' captures the idea of Heaven better than any music I have ever heard, including the classics.

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