Moondance

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
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, soulful, and jazzy, Moondance opens with the sweetly nostalgic "And It Stoned Me," the song's pastoral imagery establishing the dominant lyrical motif recurring throughout the album -- virtually every track exults in natural wonder, whether it's the nocturnal magic celebrated by the title cut or the unlimited promise offered in "Brand New Day." At the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
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, soulful, and jazzy, Moondance opens with the sweetly nostalgic "And It Stoned Me," the song's pastoral imagery establishing the dominant lyrical motif recurring throughout the album -- virtually every track exults in natural wonder, whether it's the nocturnal magic celebrated by the title cut or the unlimited promise offered in "Brand New Day." At the heart of the record is "Caravan," an incantatory ode to the power of radio; equally stirring is the majestic "Into the Mystic," a song of such elemental beauty and grace as to stand as arguably the quintessential Morrison moment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/30/2008
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227990701
  • Catalog Number: 1835
  • Sales rank: 20,694

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 And It Stoned Me (4:33)
  2. 2 Moondance (4:36)
  3. 3 Crazy Love (2:36)
  4. 4 Caravan (5:02)
  5. 5 Into the Mystic (3:30)
  6. 6 Come Running (2:32)
  7. 7 These Dreams of You (3:53)
  8. 8 Brand New Day (5:10)
  9. 9 Everyone (3:34)
  10. 10 Glad Tidings (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Van Morrison Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, Tabla, Tambourine, Vocals
Cissy Houston Vocals
Judy Clay Vocals, Background Vocals
John Klingberg Bass
Jeff Labes Organ, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet
Guy Masson Conga
John Platania Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Jack Schroer Piano, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
David Shaw Clarinet, Percussion
Collin Tilton Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Wind
Jackie Verdell Vocals, Background Vocals
Gary Mallaber Percussion, Drums, Vibes
Emily Houston Background Vocals
Guy Masson Conga
Technical Credits
Paul Anka Composer
Tony May Engineer
Lewis Merenstein Audio Production
Van Morrison Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Elliot Scheiner Engineer
Neil Schwartz Engineer
Shelly Yakus Engineer
Steve Friedberg Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a fan o' van

    moondance's greatness is enhanced by van morrison's unique voice. each song on the album is a smooth,flawless effort by one of the legendary singers of all time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Van's Best

    Moondance is Van's greatest album and ought to be part of any collection. At the time of this review Barnes & Noble do not have two other great Van Morrison albums but they deserve mention: "Hard Nose the Highway" and "Saint Dominics Preview", both of which are worth seeking out.

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