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Your Top 5 Van Morrison Albums*

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by majoyenrac, Jan 28, 2018.

  1. majoyenrac

    majoyenrac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    California
    Folks, I’ve been a Van Morrison fan for years but I’ve become a much bigger fan over this past year....

    Van’s GH Album was one of the first 5-10 albums I ever bought....I loved it, got tired of it and eventually traded it away.

    That isn’t to say I disliked Van, I had grabbed a few Them comps over the years, grabbed Astral Weeks (at Amoeba by the Haight in 99), Moondance, Bang comps, and generally liked Van just wasn’t a super fan.

    Well when the release was made of Its Too Late To Stop Now II, III & IV l, I saw it on iTunes for like 14.99 (I hadn’t then heard the original or known it to be a classic)...I grabbed that, was blown away, and now the past I dunno 18 mos I’ve been becoming a very big fan....

    That said for all the Vanners out there...

    What are your 5 favorite Van releases (Them, Live and Greatest Hits are all fair game).

    The *is there in the thread for a bonus if your 5 favorite is all the classic 60’s-70’s era, do you have any recommendations from his say 1995-present albums (live included)to include as a bonus...

    Thanks. Any other Van comments welcome too
     
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  2. slop101

    slop101 Guitar Geek

    Location:
    So. Cal.
    Basically, his run of albums from '68 to '72...

    - Astral Weeks
    - Moondance
    - His Band & The Street Choir
    - Tupelo Honey
    - St. Dominic's Preview
     
  3. Maggie

    Maggie funky but chic

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Regarding his more recent albums, I can wholeheartedly recommend Born to Sing: No Plan B, which is actually one of my favorite Van albums ever. Particularly if you appreciate his swinging sort of style, that's its apogee IMO. I also enjoy Down the Road, the recent Versatile, and even the Duets album a great deal. And I understand people who prefer Van melancholy are pretty satisfied with Keep Me Singing. I also think the Astral Weeks concert from 2009 is excellent.

    Honestly, I think most of his recent albums are as good as stuff from his "classic" period.

    My top 5? Well, I think it's:

    * Astral Weeks
    * Into the Music
    * Veedon Fleece
    * Inarticulate Speech of the Heart

    * Born to Sing: No Plan B


    One word of caution I would sound is that I am not a big fan of It's Too Late to Stop Now, so my tastes might not accord with yours. If you like Too Late to Stop, you'll probably like his recent Roll with the Punches.
     
  4. tcbtcb

    tcbtcb Forum Resident

    Location:
    sugar hill nh usa
    Tough call, but at the moment I'd say:

    Veedon Fleece
    Astral Weeks
    Moondance
    Into the Music
    St. Dominic's Preview


    Probably in that order.
     
  5. Sea Kayaker

    Sea Kayaker Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bangor, Maine
    Moondance
    It's Too Late to Stop Now
    St. Dominic's Preview
    His Band and Street Choir
    Astral Weeks

    My favorite Van Morrison song is Into the Mystic followed by Caravan.
     
  6. majoyenrac

    majoyenrac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    California
    Thanks for the info and quantification

    Sounds like I need to check out at least born to sing first!
     
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  7. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    Years and years ago, Van Morrison's music got a lot of play around my house. went to see him a bunch, really kept up on everything he was doing. In the last 20 years or so, my interest in Morrison and in rock music generally has waned but all these years later, there's a small handful of Morrison albums I find myself returning to with some regularity:

    Astral Weeks
    It's Too Late to Stop Now
    Beautiful Vision
    Common One
    The Healing Game
     
  8. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Location:
    Cincinnati, OH
    Moondance
    St. Dominic's Preview
    Veedon Fleece
    His Band and Street Choir
    Tupelo Honey

    That's a heckuva run of albums.
     
  9. Greg Arkadin

    Greg Arkadin Forum Resident

    Location:
    Detroit
    Moondance
    Astral Weeks
    It's Too Late to Stop Now
    Veedon Fleece
    Tupelo Honey
     
  10. adm62

    adm62 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Astral Weeks
    Moondance
    St Dominic's Preview
    Into the Music
    The Healing Game
     
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  11. Frosst

    Frosst Vinyl-obsessive kiddo

    Location:
    Sweden
    Moondance
    Astral Weeks
    His Band And The Street Choir
    St. Dominic's Preview
    Blowin' Your Mind!
     
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  12. Astral Weeks
    Into The Music
    Common One
    St. Dominic's Preview
    Beautiful Vision
     
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  13. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

    Location:
    London UK
    Moondance
    Astral Weeks
    Too Late To Stop Now (3 CD + DVD version)
    Into the Music
    Sorry, but it could either be one of the classic run (Tupelo Honey, St Dominic's, or Band + Street Choir), Avalon Sunset, Common One or Veedon Fleece, or with the Chieftains.
     
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  14. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Location:
    Katy, TX
    - Astral Weeks
    - Moondance
    - His Band & The Street Choir
    - Tupelo Honey
    - Irish Heartbeat with the Chieftains
     
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  15. Minstrel Boy

    Minstrel Boy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto
    The Healing Game
    Magic Time
    Keep Me Singing
    Common One
    No Guru, No Method, No Teacher
     
  16. trebori

    trebori Forum Resident

    Location:
    Rochester, NY
    Astral Weeks
    Common One
    St.Dominic's Preview
    No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (not one mentioned yet but his second best of the 80s)
    Veedon Fleece

    edit: whoops, as I was typing this, Minstrel Boy beat me to No Guru.
     
  17. Stone Turntable

    Stone Turntable Dedicated Listener

    Location:
    New Mexico USA
    For me it's a bit tricky to answer because Van Morrison is a half great album artist, half great song artist. The core great album decade, as perhaps a majority acknowledges, is the miraculous late '60s to late '70s run from Astral Weeks to Into the Music. But if you leave out the Them/Bang period and all the brilliant tracks from 1980 to now you leave out half his greatness.

    So I'll cheat and say my Desert Island Van is:

    Astral Weeks
    Moondance
    St. Dominic's Preview
    Veedon Fleece
    A long playlist of 30+ studio and live songs from all the other (mostly somewhat uneven/problematic) releases
     
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  18. bobc

    bobc Bluesman

    Location:
    France
    Astral Weeks
    Moondance
    Tupelo Honey
    Veedon Fleece
    The World Of Them
     
  19. marka

    marka Forum Resident

    I like scan, but am not familiar with many of his albums, especially the newer stuff, but am surprised that no one has yet mentioned TB Sheets, an album that I really like.
     
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  20. woodface

    woodface Forum Resident

    Veedon Fleece
    Into the music
    Moondance
    Astral Weeks
    Hard nose the highway
     
  21. Headfone

    Headfone Nothing Tops A Martin

    I envy you for all the enjoyable discoveries you're about to make.

    My opinion is that Van's golden era was approximately 1980-1992.

    Beautiful Vision
    Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart
    Avalon Sunset
    Enlightenment
    Hymns To The Silence
     
  22. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    Location:
    South Florida
    Replace Astral Weeks with Into the Music and those are my five.
     
  23. GuyDon

    GuyDon Senior Member

    At the moment

    Moondance
    Back On Top
    Hymns To The Silence
    Into The Music
    Veedon Fleece
     
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  24. Beaneydave

    Beaneydave Forum Resident

    Hard to pick just 5 so today it's these , not in any order, with a good 7/8 others just behind them.

    Common One
    Into the Music
    Veedon Fleece
    St. Dominic's Preview
    No Guru, no Method no Teacher

    peace and love✌Dave
     
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  25. Solace

    Solace Forum Resident

    Location:
    Brussels, Belgium
    The 3 that I play regularly and genuinely love:
    Veedon Fleece
    Beautiful Vision
    Enlightenment

    Others I dip into only occassionaly.
     

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