Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece - what a great album!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Tangledupinblue, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. I like them both too.
  2. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet, ain’t talkin’

    The ATX
    Not all adventures end well—Hard Nose being a case in point :)
  3. Yeah we all have different tastes. I do love VF but I think that Snow in San Anselmo on Hard Nose is one of his masterpieces. I lived close to San Anselmo for most of my life and know it maybe had snow just once?
  4. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet, ain’t talkin’

    The ATX
    “Snow In San Anselmo” is indeed an epic track :agree:
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  5. Greg Carrier

    Greg Carrier Forum Resident

    Iowa City
    Veedon Fleece is underrated. After Astral Weeks and Moondance, it might be my favorite of his.
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  6. Guy E

    Guy E Senior Member

    Antalya, Turkey
    Hard Nose The Highway got cut off at the knees... it was supposed to be a double-album.

    I never rated it highly, but when I settled down and compiled a hypothetical four-sides with the outtakes from Philosopher's Stone, it became one of my favorites.

    Snow in San Anselmo 4:37
    Warm Love 3:22
    Not Supposed to Break Down 5:23
    Laughing in the Wind 4:08
    Madame Joy 4:21

    Contemplation Rose 5:14
    Don't Worry About Tomorrow 5:19
    Wonderful Remark 7:59
    Lover's Prayer 3:57

    There There Child 3:00
    Hard Nose The Highway 5:14
    Wild Children 4:19
    The Great Deception 4:52
    Try for Sleep 6:03

    Bein' Green 4:21
    Autumn Song 10:36
    Purple Heather 5:44
  7. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

    Some of the outtakes are better than the majority of the album tracks.
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  8. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet, ain’t talkin’

    The ATX
    I agree. Van needed a better editor (than himself?).
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  9. The Sage

    The Sage La equidna pincho mi bebida

    Sydney Australia
    Just edged out by Astral Weeks for me although I will say that it seems to me that it delivers something different almost every time I play it. Feels like it's nudging at you gently all the time , never a passive listen for me. A very special record.
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  10. Adamski777

    Adamski777 Forum Resident

    Thanks to this thread I’ve just ordered an Australian pressing off Discogs that was reasonably priced. Will give impressions once received.
  11. RockRoom

    RockRoom Experienced

    Upstate NY
    My favorite Van record. 'Country Fair' absolutely destroys me. 'You Dont Pull Know Punches; is such a major composition, rolling and flowing, lyrical. I concur with others up thread that this LP is the 70's Astral Weeks equivalent. The live performances from this era with the stripped down band are amazing as well.
  12. GentleSenator

    GentleSenator what if

    Aloha, OR
    i wish i could find a decent and reasonably priced vinyl copy of this. it's such a great album. amazed it's actually available to stream on apple music.
  13. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

    Fantastic song, I think Wild Children is great as well (live version off It's Too Late is better) plus Purple Heather is cool, Hard Nose is 2/3's great album only looks weak compared with Veedon Fleece / Saint Domincs / Moondance etc...
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  14. Jem

    Jem Forum Resident

    Just a magnificent achievement. The first Van record to hit home. Would always be in my Top 5 Van albums and usually at the very top. Remarkable.
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  15. wbhendrix

    wbhendrix Forum Resident

    Austin, TX
    Cant Pull No Punches... man that is one of my favorite van songs for sure. Twilight was also one of his best B-sides that came out of recording this album (later seen on the 2008 deluxe release). Maybe one day Van will release deluxe editions of his collection or at least a vinyl pressing of his studio outtakes? all we can do his hope and pray.....
  16. Jem

    Jem Forum Resident

    There must be so much unbelievable stuff in the archives. Imagine to unreleased live music ...
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  17. DeRosa

    DeRosa Forum Resident

    That would be really great!
  18. DeRosa

    DeRosa Forum Resident

    I found a 1st pressing a couple years ago (with shrink wrap on the jacket!) in mint condition
    to finally replace a later copy I had that was really worn. The original cover is a beautiful
    textured tip-on printing, easily one of the best looking jackets in my collection!
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  19. Beeb Fader

    Beeb Fader Forum Resident

    I have had a couple of LP copies of this over the years, both pressed off centre. `Country Fair' is really not a song you want to hear pitch fluctuations in :)
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  20. Mezzer

    Mezzer Well-Known Member

    Devon, UK
    Would that be the 1st US pressing?
  21. DeRosa

    DeRosa Forum Resident

    Yes, i've never come across the UK version here in Canada.
    I paid either $40 or $45 (cdn) at Cosmos Records in Toronto,
    they have a location in London, have a lot of interesting titles.
    Looks like it was a great deal, the prices are through the roof
    on Discogs.
  22. Solace

    Solace Forum Resident

    Brussels, Belgium
    I recommend the first Japanese pressing if you can get hold of one at a reasonable price. My original UK pressing is good but the Japanese is better. More space around the instruments, makes the performances shine like diamonds. And CD-silent too!
  23. Briskit

    Briskit “I don’t know karate, but I know ka-razy!”

    St Kilda
    Is it CD-silent because it's a CD?
    I was just looking at discogs and was disappointed to find there isn't a single Japanese pressing on vinyl mentioned. Do they exist?
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  24. Solace

    Solace Forum Resident

    Brussels, Belgium
    They do - I’m looking at my copy right now! I might just put it on, now you mention it...
  25. Briskit

    Briskit “I don’t know karate, but I know ka-razy!”

    St Kilda
    Cool! Thanks for the info.
    Any idea when it was pressed?
    Could you post a pic?

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