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VAN MORRISON Album by Album Discussion: Part 2 (Wavelength 1978 - Enlightenment 1990)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Clarkophile, Nov 26, 2007.

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  1. DJ WILBUR

    DJ WILBUR The Cappuccino Kid

    I have no recollection of hearing those songs live before.
     
  2. Solaris

    Solaris a bullet in flight

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    New Orleans, LA
    This thread, it's like a locomotive. :laugh:

    Sorry I've been absent. The weather was so nice here yesterday I just had to go out and enjoy it.
     
  3. DJ WILBUR

    DJ WILBUR The Cappuccino Kid

    whats nice weather? an oxymoron in the north in february...hahaha...good for you. Van sounds very nice on a lovely day by the way....
     
  4. Craig

    Craig (unspecified) Staff

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    Tir Na Nog, Foreign Window and A Town Called Paradise were all performed mulitple times in '86.
     
  5. MikeP5877

    MikeP5877 Non-essential

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    OH
    I have a video of Van and Bob Dylan performing "Foreign Window" in Greece.
     
  6. jiminiss

    jiminiss Forum Resident

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    No Guru is one of Van's masterworks imo. a delayed and unanticipated followup to Veedon Fleece in a way, as mentioned by others. it came as a very organic breath of fresh air at the time of its release.

    my original vinyl and west german cd sound pretty darn good, but as usual the cd tends to skip less in the car
     
  7. jostber

    jostber Forum Resident

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    This is one of my favourite of Van's too. A great record all the way with a vibe through the whole record that's wonderful. I have heard "Foreign Window" in a radio broadcast of a concert many years ago.

    And this is the one record in my experience people reacts quickest and positively too, if they haven't heard much Van before.
     
  8. MikeP5877

    MikeP5877 Non-essential

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    Here is a review I copied out of the November 1986 issue of Stereo Review magazine. I'm missing the first paragraph or two, but I don't think much is missing.

    After a string of brilliant, synthesizer-based albums (Common One, Beautiful Vision, Inarticulate Speech of the Heart), Morrison returned to the laid-back, acoustic soul-mantras and Celtic mysticism of albums like the mid-Seventies’ Veedon Fleece on 1985’s A Sense of Wonder. His new No Guru, No Method, No Teacher sustains the same kind of feel. It’s quiet, introspective, and devotional, with soaring oboe, piano, and acoustic guitar cloaking his smoky, gnomish vocals. But something happens in the middle of side one that is arresting and wonderful: Morrison recalls his great masterpiece, Astral Weeks, the album that many feel is not only his greatest record but one of the five or ten greatest rock albums ever.

    Three tracks on No Guru – “A Town Called Paradise”, “In the Garden”, and “Tir Na Nog” – could easily have been called Astral Weeks Revisited. To begin with, they feature the work of two musicians who haven’t played with Morrison since his Woodstock days in the early Seventies – Jeff Labes on piano and synthesizer, and John Platania on guitar. Platania’s distinctive, gigue-life cadences and clean, sharp attacks were what first sent me to recheck Astral Weeks. Sure enough, he was there. Listening to his playing on No Guru is like going through an old scrapbook. There are lots of specific references to Astral Weeks too – the loping bass figure of “A Town Called Paradise”, the string arrangement of “Tir Na Nog”, the repeated lyric references (“in the garden all wet with rain”).

    This kind of reaching into his past isn’t unusual for Morrison – his first half-dozen or so albums always made reference to turning up the radio, a source of great amusement to my friends and me at the time. But it raises No Guru, No Method, No Teacher from the ordinary – and “ordinary” with reference to Van Morrison means exceptional – to the essential.


    Mark Peel
     
  9. Clarkophile

    Clarkophile Too Long in Exile Thread Starter

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    Thanks once again, Craig.

    Can you imagine "Tir Na Nog" live, with the strings and all?:love:
     
  10. Clarkophile

    Clarkophile Too Long in Exile Thread Starter

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    What does everyone think of the No Guru cover?
     

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  11. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet

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    It's another winner :rolleyes: Actually, I find the sepia tones pleasing, but could Van possibly look less cool than in that shot? Well, may be if he dressed like Zoro--oops, he already did that :help:
     
  12. dee

    dee Forum Resident

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    That cover is a Van classic, imo.
     
  13. dee

    dee Forum Resident

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    :righton:
     
  14. dee

    dee Forum Resident

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    ft. lauderdale, fl
     
  15. Clarkophile

    Clarkophile Too Long in Exile Thread Starter

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    I find it fascinating, the contrasting 50-50 image of Van dressed in dark tones while in the light of day on one side, and the well-lit, priestly-looking figure in the shadows on the other.
     
  16. dee

    dee Forum Resident

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    :thumbsup:
     
  17. dee

    dee Forum Resident

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    And I like the script and color codes on the back of the album cover as well.
     
  18. dee

    dee Forum Resident

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    Me too.
     
  19. dee

    dee Forum Resident

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    ft. lauderdale, fl
    Go for it. :righton:
     
  20. butch

    butch Forum Resident

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    Yeah,I mentioned that in another thread about superstars meeting one another.I had seen it on an A & E special on a Sunday morning with those two jamming near the Acropolis.It was really cool!
     
  21. Sneaky Pete

    Sneaky Pete Senior Member

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    Mike P5877 thanks for posting the Peel review. It is pretty close to my own feeling about this one.:righton:

    Tom, I think this cover represents an improvement over the last three. I always thought that statue was some kind of a Budda. Still it will not win any awards. Yes, Van looks very portly and middle-aged, but in concert it was worse Khakis and a navy blazer made him look like a car salesman.

    Here is a partial set list from the Van show I saw at Pier 84 in NYC July 10, 1986. Anyone else who can fill in the blanks? I think there was one at least more tune in the encore. I've seen Van quite a few times, but this show was the best.:)
    Lark Ascending
    Got To Go Back
    Moondance
    Tore Down Ala Rimbaud
    Vanlose Stairway
    Northern Muse
    A Sense of Wonder
    The Street Only Knew Your Name
    Ballerina
    She Gives Me Religion
    Haunts of Ancient Peace
    A Town Called Paradise
    The Master's Eye
    In The Garden
    Bright Side of the Road
    It's All In the Game/Make It Real
    When the Healing has Begun
    Summertime in England
    Encore: St. Dominic's Preview, Send In the Clowns
     
  22. Clarkophile

    Clarkophile Too Long in Exile Thread Starter

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    But Van looked middle-aged when he was in his 20's!:laugh:
     
  23. Sneaky Pete

    Sneaky Pete Senior Member

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    NYC USA
    I think that was the look, and attitude he was aiming for.:laugh:
     
  24. DJ WILBUR

    DJ WILBUR The Cappuccino Kid

    hmmm, i'm making a call, I may know someone with a tape of this show....I'll see what I can find out...
     
  25. Craig

    Craig (unspecified) Staff

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    Full Force Gale
     
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