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  posted on 7/20/2008 at 07:28 PM
The song Tupelo Honey came on my pandora and its a good song so it inspired me to start this thread.

First does anybody have the album he did with The Chieftans (This is a good group) and is it worth having?

Second some people have posted that there children like the music of there generation and is Van Morrison one of the artist that is popular with them because Ive read that overall he gets passed over by people my age who like classic rock besides his greatest hits.

Third my favorite album of his Poetics Champions Compose.



 
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  posted on 7/20/2008 at 08:18 PM
Hey IP - I love Tupelo Honey, and most Van Morrison tunes. It is true that young people like his music. Both my sons know all his hits. I think Astral Weeks is a stunning album. I love Moondance and also a much later album called What's Wrong With This Picture? I don't know what album or song I would pick as a favorite, there are so many. A few that come to mind are It Stoned Me, Wonderful Remark and Cleaning Windows - not anything you'd hear on the radio, but great songs.

 

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  posted on 7/20/2008 at 08:32 PM
Whats Wrong With This Picture is a good album. The only album I cant get into is Pay The Devil
 

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  posted on 7/20/2008 at 09:32 PM
Just got Van's latest and greatest Keep It Simple. The Mrs. is a big Van fan. We both like his new CD. His voice still sounds great. Enjoy!

 

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  posted on 7/21/2008 at 01:53 AM
I ABSOLUTELY love Pay the Devil. Great great album to my ears. I love Van's take on some country classics. Turned me on to songs I would have probably otherwise never heard.
 

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  posted on 7/21/2008 at 02:49 AM
I love the live album "It's too late to stop now" from 73/74

 

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  posted on 7/21/2008 at 03:50 AM
Irish Heartbeat is the album with The Chieftains.

It is NOT typical VM. It contains alternative versions of Celtic Ray (Beautiful Vision) and Irish Heartbeat (Inarticulate Speech of the Heart), and a collection of traditonal Irish songs. It's worth buying for the ballads - Raglan Road, She Moved Through the Fair, My Lagan Love and Carrickfergus.

There is also the chance to hear Van the Man doing whimsy - I'll Tell Me Ma and Marie's Wedding, which don't really work.

It's Van in his traditional Irish roots and you'll probably either love it (like me) or hate it.

For the record, my favourite (indispensable) albums are Astral Weeks, Moondance, St Dominics's Preview, Too Late to Stop Now and Veedon Fleece.





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  posted on 7/21/2008 at 07:50 AM
Love Van-The-Man's music! Favorite song is Philospher's Stone! he was on Austin City Limits this season! Outstanding show! I'm sure we've all heard plenty of Bar-Bands cover
G-L-O-R-I-A over the years!

 

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  posted on 7/21/2008 at 08:00 AM
I love VM live stuff from the 70's. There is a lot of good stuff out there!

 

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  posted on 7/21/2008 at 08:35 AM
I still like 'Astral Weeks' the best

 

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  posted on 7/21/2008 at 09:02 AM
First off, dude, you need some serious work on your spelling, otherwise your post looks somewhat backwards and illiterate.

The possessive form of "they", referring to people, as opposed to a place ("there"), is spelled "their". No offense, just a friendly little grammar lesson to improve your posts.

I was a big Van fan back in the 70's and I think the new one, "Keep It Simple", is very good. It's been hard to follow him through a career that has careened through musical styles such as Celtic and Folk, neither of which I have much patience to listen to.
That said, in my opinion he is certainly one of the all-time greats, even a genius of sorts, and a hugely prolific and amazing songwriter. I think one of his greater records, which rarely gets mentioned, is "The Healing Game" (1997). You would probably recognize the hit off of it, "The Burning Ground". But the ENTIRE record is good, and I mean NOT A SINGLE WEAK CUT. I highly recommend "The Healing Game".

Other than that, other essentials (from the 70's) for me are "Moondance" (of course), "St. Dominic's Preview", "Tupelo Honey" and "Wavelength". As others have said, "Too Late To Stop Now" is an excellent 70's live record, but I prefer Van's studio work. ABB are certainly into Van; they've paid high tribute to the "Moondance" record by including "And It Stoned Me" and "Into The Mystic" in their setlists at various times over the last several years. I particularly love their version of "And It Stoned Me" on the Wanee 4/13/07 disc.

 

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  posted on 7/22/2008 at 09:59 PM
Van is one of the greatest voices/songwriters/poets of the last half century. I do agree that Pay the Devil is not one of his best, but is still a very solid album. I am partial however to his more ethereal material so as you may guessed my favorite albums are Astral Weeks, Saint Dominics Preview, Veedon Fleece, Common One and No Guru, No Method, No Teacher and Back on Top. Those albums are complete, although I do love all his albums those in my opinion are his best. We must understand that music his highly subjective and what some may think as his best others may argue the antithesis. I also agree that the Allman Brothers Band has given him a nod in recent years, I think this is primarily due to Warren. He has covered several Van songs in Gov't Mule as well. One of the best being Ballerina from Astral Weeks. I would love to hear them play one of his tunes if they happen to tour through NC or VA. Anyway, just some input!
 
 


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