Van Morrison - Best 90s Album Poll!!

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  1. Aar Gal

    Aar Gal Monkberry Moon Delight Thread Starter

    whats the best Van Morrison album from the 90s. 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 00s Poll!
  2. thepigdog

    thepigdog Music and beer

    I picked the Mose Allison covers disc because I thought Van lost his muse years ago. And he does a nice job covering Mose's songs.
  3. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

    I've only heard The Healing Game from the list, but was pleasantly surprised at how good it is, some of that 70's vibe back again. As such I will give it my poll vote.
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  4. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

    Enlightenment and Hymns marked the end of a great era.
    Later 90s albums were more workmanlike but The Healing Game is a standout.
    I voted for Hymns.
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  5. Favre508

    Favre508 Forum Resident

    New York
    Healing game is easily my favorite of the bunch.
  6. Elton

    Elton I Hope Being Helpful, Will Make Me Look Cool

    Carson Ca.
    I have these 90's Van Morrison albums; Days Like This, How Long Has This Been Going On, The Healing Game, Back On Top.

    I like them all for different reasons, "How Long" is good but, it has an odd vibe (kinda cover, live thing). I do really like the other three albums (Days, Healing, On Top) I play those the most but, the one I never skip around on and play all the way through is, Back On Top, so that's my pick! .... (I guess I'm out there on an Island!)
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  7. Rockford & Roll

    Rockford & Roll Forum Resident

    Midway, KY
    I went with Hymns by a nose over Enlightenment. On Hyndford Street is one of my all-time favorite Van songs. Transcendent.
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  8. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet

    The ATX
    Agreed, but I voted Enlightenment.
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  9. Aar Gal

    Aar Gal Monkberry Moon Delight Thread Starter

    Back on Top was my number 2 pick after Days Like This
  10. C6H12O6

    C6H12O6 Senior Member

    My lab
    Not a fan of his '90s albums, I generally listen to a compilation I made of the highlights.

    Too Long in Exile is the one I enjoy most listening to start-to-finish, but it's still a strange choice because honestly nothing sticks out as a highlight of the decade. But as albums go, if I had to sit down for 40-80 minutes of unbroken listening, that would be the one.
  11. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet

    The ATX
    I would say all the 90s albums are patchy, but there are still great moments scattered about.. All of side one of Enlightenment is pure gold IMHO (hence my vote), but side two is kind of iffy. You could definitely make a nice highlights compilation which places the 90s ahead of the decades that follow. . .
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  12. Solace

    Solace Forum Resident

    Brussels, Belgium
    Enlightenment. A record I absolutely adore!
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  13. JohnB

    JohnB Senior Member

    I chose Hymns by a whisker over Healing, but ask me again 5 minutes from now and it might be reversed.
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  14. sbeaupre

    sbeaupre Everything must go

    Inner Horner
    I voted for Enlightenment. It's the last Van album that holds up end to end.

    Hymns to the Silence
    has a lot to offer, but is a bit overstuffed. Remove a few tracks and it's on par with Enlightenment.

    The Healing Game gets a lot of love, and for good reason. But I can't abide Brian Kennedy, so that's a pass.
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  15. Rukiki

    Rukiki Forum Resident

    Madrid, Spain
    Healing Game for me.

    I might be a minority here, but the "Brian Kennedy albums" are my favourite Van Morrison of the last 30 years or so.
  16. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet

    The ATX
    (I can’t abide Brian Kennedy, so that’s a pass) —Brian Kennedy

    Credit to @Clarkophile from whom I’m pretty sure I stole that bit.
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  17. newelectricmuse

    newelectricmuse charm, strangeness and quark

    It's easier to decide this one - Hymns to the Silence gets my vote. One of my favourite Van albums with loads to explore. I like Enlightenment too so that would be my second choice, but Too Long in Exile didn't really work for me as a whole. I don't really like A Night in San Francisco (Shhh! I prefer Pagan Streams as a live album from this decade). The others have all got something to recommend them and each one has some standout songs, but maybe a bit of repetition (musical and lyrical) is setting in on the lesser tracks from the late 90s. I put on How Long Has This Been Going On when I want something upbeat and jazzy, so that gets quite a lot of plays and would probably be third.
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  18. CrawdaddySim1

    CrawdaddySim1 Forum Resident

    Indianapolis, IN
    This was so hard. I decided to go with the one I play the most--Back on Top--but that's more for feel than quality of the songs. I honestly don't know which one is the best. Enlightenment, Hymns, and Healing could also be contenders.
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  19. Chuckorama

    Chuckorama Forum Resident

    Not Here
    Definitely a step down from the 80s. I think the second disc of Hymns to the Silence is his single best 90s album, so I'll go with that!
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  20. Clarkophile

    Clarkophile Through the Morning, Through the Night

    Oakville, ON
    Finally some credit! All these copycats & hustlers & big time operators been ripping off my stuff.
  21. Aar Gal

    Aar Gal Monkberry Moon Delight Thread Starter

    Some of my favorite Van came from the 90s, for me 4 or 5 great works here

    Back on top
    Days like this
    Healing game

    I even like Exile..
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  22. willy

    willy hooga hagga hooga

    Brian Kennedy spoils anything on which he appears (which he appears).

    Edit: oh sorry the joke's already been done (been done).
  23. Aar Gal

    Aar Gal Monkberry Moon Delight Thread Starter

    what about this?
  24. Two Sheds

    Two Sheds Sha La La La Lee

    Enlightenment. I am also fond of Days Like This, among others.
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  25. Sally Can Wait

    Sally Can Wait Forum Resident

    There are some really good albums in this decade, but i'm going to have to go with The Healing Game.
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