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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If the title didn't tip you off, the opening five-minute jazz instrumental "Spanish Steps" certainly reveals that Poetic Champions Compose is an art record. Of course, Van Morrison has been making art records since at least Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, perhaps Common One, so that shouldn't come as a surprise. What is a bit of a shock is that Morrison begins to shake off his self-conscious straitjacket here, letting a little more grit into the music, even if the record still is firmly ensconced in mid-tempos and ballads, with only Van's voice soulful, yet not histrionic to pull you in. Much of this tends to float by, with only the occasional song "I Forgot ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If the title didn't tip you off, the opening five-minute jazz instrumental "Spanish Steps" certainly reveals that Poetic Champions Compose is an art record. Of course, Van Morrison has been making art records since at least Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, perhaps Common One, so that shouldn't come as a surprise. What is a bit of a shock is that Morrison begins to shake off his self-conscious straitjacket here, letting a little more grit into the music, even if the record still is firmly ensconced in mid-tempos and ballads, with only Van's voice soulful, yet not histrionic to pull you in. Much of this tends to float by, with only the occasional song "I Forgot That Love Existed," "Did Ye Get Healed?" distinguishing itself. The overly mellow atmosphere and Van's arch artiness may not make it universally appealing, yet this record is warmer, stronger than many of its predecessors, one of his highlights from the '80s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/14/1998
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 731453754720
  • Catalog Number: 537547

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Van Morrison Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Mick Cox Guitar
Alan Watts Guitar
June Boyce Background Vocals
Neil Drinkwater Synthesizer, Piano
Martin Drover Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Royce Jones Percussion, Drums
Steve Pearce Bass Guitar
Fiachra Trench Organ, Strings, Woodwind
Mick Con Guitar
Roy Jones Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Mick Glossop Engineer
Van Morrison Producer
Fiachra Trench Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    This has to be the best of Boz Skaggs, ever. Some artists songs all have the same signature sound. Not this one, Boz's voice is spectacular and has only improved with time. This album puts a smile on my face.

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