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Van Morrison - Best 80s Album Poll!!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Aar Gal, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. Aar Gal

    Aar Gal Monkberry Moon Delight Thread Starter

    whats the best Van Morrison album from the 80s. I’m going to include everything where Van is a main contributor so this includes the 2 Them albums, the collaboration albums and the live releases.

    Come back tomorrow for Best Of The 90s Poll!
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  2. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Certified dinosaur, who likes physical product

    I couldn't pick a best.
    My favourites are
    Beautiful vision
    Inarticulate speech of the heart
    Live in Belfast
    Sense of wonder
    No guru
    Poetic champions
    Avalon sunset.

    A solid decade for Van in my opinion
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  3. Zeki

    Zeki Forum Resident

    Am leaning towards No Guru but will have to think about these as nothing jumps out at me.
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  4. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Lots of solid work, but no one big standout for me.
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  5. David Fischer

    David Fischer Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    It's a coin flip for me - Avalon Sunset & Poetic Champions Compose. Love both of those albums.
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  6. Clarkophile

    Clarkophile Too Long in Exile

    St. Thomas, ON
    A fertile period post-transition.
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  7. Aar Gal

    Aar Gal Monkberry Moon Delight Thread Starter

    for me, this was a great decade for Van. I went for Poetic... but could have went for Common, Inarticulate, Avalon, No Guru, even Beautiful Vision and Sense are great.

    In fact I’m listening to Common One right now and I’m wondering if I should change my vote!
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  8. Kiss73

    Kiss73 Forum Resident

    I haven't heard them all but love Common One......starts off like Miles Davis In A Silent Way.
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  9. Etienne Hanratty

    Etienne Hanratty Forum Resident

    I’ve gone with Irish Heartbeat, but it could easily have been Common One, Sense of Wonder or Poetic Champions Compose. Surely Van must have been the sixties artist with the best eighties, if that makes sense.
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  10. rikki nadir

    rikki nadir Gentleman Thug

    London, UK
    I voted Beautiful Vision - it has Dweller On The Threshold and She Gives Me Religion - classic 80s Van. Unusual to end with an instrumental, too.
  11. Aar Gal

    Aar Gal Monkberry Moon Delight Thread Starter

    Off the top of my head I can’t think of anyone who had a better 80s, so I’d have to agree with you. I’ll have to think on this mind you...
  12. Solace

    Solace Forum Resident

    Brussels, Belgium
    Beautiful Vision for me, but lots of great work there.
  13. sekaer

    sekaer Forum Resident

    New York City
    This will be very well distributed. Van had a good 80s
  14. Record Rotator

    Record Rotator Forum Resident

    Avalon Sunset. But Common One is a close second.
  15. rikki nadir

    rikki nadir Gentleman Thug

    London, UK
    Common One would be my second choice. It is an amazing album. Maybe it is a second choice because there is no single killer track that stands out above the others? Much more of an album-in-its-totality.
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  16. newelectricmuse

    newelectricmuse charm, strangeness and quark

    Lots of great material during this very "spiritual" decade (starting with Into The Music in the previous one). I like all of these albums, but went for Common One - an album where you really can feel the silence. Also it has Summertime in England - a song only Van could come up with!
  17. Maggie

    Maggie funky but chic

    Toronto, Canada
    Very difficult to choose the one "best" one. Common One is more of a piece with his '70s work. Beautiful Vision, Inarticulate Speech, & Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast sort of form a distinct 'package' of their own. I think A Sense of Wonder is clearly a lesser work but I rate the others I have heard all about equally. I voted for Avalon Sunset.
  18. sekaer

    sekaer Forum Resident

    New York City
    I chose Inarticulate Speech of the Heart—personal favorite
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  19. Zeki

    Zeki Forum Resident

    I used to subscribe this point of view, but not any more. I can quote umpteen lyrics, know melodies by heart...of Van’s contemporaries (from 80s releases). In real-time, I thought Morrison was setting a high bar. My problem is that I just don’t recall it anymore! :D
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  20. chickendinna

    chickendinna Homegrown’s All Right With Me

    A very consistent decade in terms of quality for The Man. There are quite a few fine releases, but none that scale the heights of Moondance or St. Dominic's. That said, Poetic Champions Compose is not only my favorite 80's Van, but it's easily in my top 5 or so Van releases ever.
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  21. Zeki

    Zeki Forum Resident

    I’m going with Poetic Champions Compose.
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  22. Record Rotator

    Record Rotator Forum Resident

    I think you're right. Avalon Sunset has a couple of obvious singles unlike Common One. Doesn't necessarily make it a lesser album per se, but still...
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  23. Rockford & Roll

    Rockford & Roll Forum Resident

    Midway, KY
    I picked Poetic but it could easily be No Guru, Avalon or Common One. An amazing decade's run.
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  24. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

    Voted for Common One because of Summertime In England.
    No Guru and Live At The Grand Opera House have also seen a fair bit of time on my turntable.
    I'm not a huge fan of 80's Van (compared to 60's & 70's Van), but have heard all of the albums.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2020
  25. C6H12O6

    C6H12O6 Senior Member

    My lab
    Almost went for No Guru, but even though I always skip that interminable last track, I still enjoy the first 40 minutes of Common One more. (And "Summertime in England" is probably the best track he cut for the '80s.)

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