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2009 EU reissue on 180g LP=Van Morrison's 1968 release, Astral Weeks remains not only his masterpiece, but one of the greatest records ever made. The haunting, deeply personal collection of impressionistic folk styled epics was recorded with an all-...
Release date 12-02-2009(Originally released in 1968)
2009 EU reissue on 180g LP=Van Morrison's 1968 release, Astral Weeks remains not only his masterpiece, but one of the greatest records ever made. The haunting, deeply personal collection of impressionistic folk styled epics was recorded with an all-star jazz backing that included bassist Richard Davis and drummer Connie May and it's absolutely awash in overwhelming emotional beauty. The poetic complexity of the material combined with Morrison's vocal dexterity and passion make it one of those rare albums for which the word timeless is not only appropriate but inescapable.
Astral Weeks is generally considered one of the best albums in pop music history, but for all that renown, it is anything but an archetypal rock and roll album.
In The Beginning
A1 Astral Weeks
A2 Beside You
A3 Sweet Thing
A4 Cyprus Avenue
B1 Young Lovers Do
B2 Madame George
B4 Slim Slow Slider
"When you hear this new reissue, even if you've heard the original hundreds of times, you will almost jump out of your seat when you hear these familiar elements move from the shadows to the foreground. Van sounds almost introspective and delicate on the original. The reissue reveals powerful vocal dynamics within which get revealed subtle, previously hidden emotional nuances and instant, immediately communicated revelations as they seem to travel from Van's mind into his vocal chords, and from there into the microphone's diaphragm. There are shimmering finger cymbals on 'Sweet Thing' that I've heard so many times but suddenly here they float into the room on the exquisitely captured transient, as they decay delicately before disappearing. Astral Weeks belongs in any music lover's record collection!"
– Michael Fremer, Stereophile and Analog Planet
Originally released: 1968
This release: 2009