Van Morrison - Best 60s/70s Album Poll!!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Aar Gal, Feb 11, 2020.

  1. jwoverho

    jwoverho Licensed Drug Dealer

    Mobile, AL USA
    I would have chosen MOONDANCE if I were asked 20 years ago, and VEEDON FLEECE if you asked me 10 years ago. Right now the insinuating charms of ST. DOMINIC’S PREVIEW get my vote. “Redwood Tree” is indeed a real choker. DOMINIC’S has some of the mysticism of ASTRAL WEEKS and the soul of MOONDANCE and an atmosphere that’s fairly seductive and pulls you in.

    Props too for A PERIOD OF TRANSITION. “Heavy Connection” is a brilliant song.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2020
  2. jwoverho

    jwoverho Licensed Drug Dealer

    Mobile, AL USA
    I burned out on ASTRAL WEEKS and MOONDANCE even though their greatness is undeniable. They’re really the two sides of Van: the spiritual/mystical and Caledonia soul.
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  3. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Moondance, with Into the Music second.
  4. DME1061

    DME1061 Forum Resident

    Trenton, NJ
  5. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Certified dinosaur, who likes physical product

    Astral weeks
    Too late to stop now
    Into the music

    Close misses
    Tupelo honey
    Band and street choir
  6. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

    I voted for Blowin' Your Mind just to promote it - besides Brown Eyed Girl and beneath the silly title, half of it is a precursor to Astral Weeks. TB Sheets, He Ain't Give You None and Who Drove The Red Sports Car are some of my favorite Morrison tunes. Along with Joe Harper Saturday Morning and Beside You which appeared on later Bang releases.
  7. Kiss73

    Kiss73 Forum Resident

    Hard Nose The Highway....followed by A Period of Transition

    I know I t doesn't comply but the material from this period on The Philosophers Stone is a highlight also for me.
  8. Zack

    Zack Forum Resident

    Easton, MD
    Well it's predictable because it's one of the most amazing albums of all time, no? Lots of members of this forum won't pick the obvious choice in polls like this because they don't want to pick the same as everybody else and pick the likes of A Period of Transition (alright, who was it?) just to be contrary. :)

    As for the track Moondance, yeah it probably doesn't deserve to be overplayed as much as it is, but it crosses over very well to TV, jazz clubs, weddings, muzak, etc. It's like do I never want to hear Won't Get Fooled Again, er, again, because it's a TV theme song and and car commercial and who knows what else?
  9. keylime_5

    keylime_5 Forum Resident

    Columbia, SC
    2-Astral Weeks
    3=Tupelo Honey
    3= His Band & The Street Choir
    5-Veedon Fleece
    6-Saint Dominic's Preview
    7-It's Too Late to Stop Now
    8-Hard Nose the Highway
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  10. Kiss73

    Kiss73 Forum Resident

    I had Astral Weeks and Moondance as the only Van albums in my collection for decades (because fellow record collectors said I should) and thought they were "fine but they did not make me want to delve beyond them. As these were the pinnacles, what was the point?

    For some reason I picked up Hard Nose The Highway, Veedon Fleece and Period Of Transition one day, and from these 3 albums I finally got what all the fuss was about. Love the mix of Van & Dr John on P.O.T.
  11. Great show last night at Yoshis in Oakland. He sounded great and played lots of sax

  12. Sneaky Pete

    Sneaky Pete Senior Member

    Astral Weeks but the 70’s was a run of classic albums that is almost unmatched.
  13. culabula

    culabula Unread author.

    Belfast, Ireland

    I’d stick my neck out and choose "A Period of Transition". A record, so disappointing at the time that continues to improve with age. Terrific racket and a great-sounding LP.
  14. Blank Frank

    Blank Frank King of Carrot Flowers

    Oh, FFS! Just one?

    In which case it has to be Astral Weeks, although if it didn't exist then Moondance or ITLTSN or St Dominic's Preview or...
  15. hallucalation

    hallucalation Forum Resident

    I though i was the only one....
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  16. Ivan Aaron

    Ivan Aaron What Sells ≠ What Streams

    San Diego
    Tupelo Honey.
  17. Jem

    Jem Forum Resident

    Veedon Fleece from Into The Music. Both mighty classics and Top 5 Van albums. Always think the 70s are a greatly over appreciated decade compared to what came after.
  18. friend74

    friend74 Forum Resident

    For me it's Veedon Fleece by far. Although i have most of his Albums i wouldnt consider me as a huge fan.
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  19. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. A music lover.

    The Angry Young Them.

    After the 2 Them albums,
    it would be Astral Weeks for me.
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  20. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    side one of 'moondance' is just perfect. had to vote for it based strictly on the brilliance of side one.
  21. Marshall66hendrix

    Marshall66hendrix An Ordinary Guy

    Gone for "into the music" too, just so heavenly! :)
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  22. linklinc

    linklinc Forum Resident


    Most Honorable Mention:
    "Astral Weeks"
    "St. Dominic's Preview

    Honorable Mention:
    "Veedon Fleece"
    "Into The Music"
    "It's Too Late To Stop Now"
  23. Folknik

    Folknik Forum Resident

    Astral Weeks is the acknowledged classic and it's a little surprising that Moondance is leading over it, but Veedon Fleece is my favorite by far on the list.
  24. newelectricmuse

    newelectricmuse charm, strangeness and quark

    It's hard - no, it's impossible - to pick just one. Into the Music is probably my favourite (and most played) studio album on the list. Astral Weeks isn't in my top 10 Van albums (I much prefer Moondance of the two). In the end I voted for ITLTSN to represent the first half of the 70s. It's cheating a bit as it includes some of the best tracks from the studio albums (by no means all, of course) and it is one of the best live albums of all time...

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