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Common One Original recording remastered


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One of music’s true originals Van Morrison’s unique and inspirational musical legacy is rooted in postwar Belfast.
Born in 1945 Van heard his Shipyard worker father’s collection of blues, country and gospel early in life.

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  • Audio CD (7 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0018BB21Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Haunts Of Ancient Peace - Van Morrison, Pee Wee Ellis, Choir
2. Summertime In England - Van Morrison, Jeff Labes, Orchestra
3. Satisfied
4. Wild Honey - Van Morrison, Pee Wee Ellis, Orchestra
5. Spirit
6. When Heart Is Open
7. Haunts Of Ancient Peace - Van Morrison, Pee Wee Ellis, Choir
8. When Heart Is Open

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Medium 1
  1. Haunts Of Ancient Peace
  2. Summertime In England
  3. Satisfied
  4. When Heart Is Open
  5. Wild Honey
  6. Spirit
  7. Haunts Of Ancient Peace (alternate take)
  8. When Heart Is Open (alternate take)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
"Common One" is part of the 2nd wave of Van Morrison remastered reissues to hit the shops in 2008 (see full list below). Released Monday 7 July 2008 in the UK (8 July, USA), it boasts truly superlative remastered sound quality, an upgraded booklet and 2 bonus tracks for the first time.

Here's the layout (70:44 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 6 make up the album "Common One" released in September 1980
Tracks 7 and 8 are previously unreleased Alternate Takes of "Haunts Of Ancient Peace" and "When Heart Is Open".

The Band consisted of:
MICK COX on Lead Guitar
HERBIE ARMSTRONG on Acoustic & Electric Rhythm Guitar
MARK ISHAM on Trumpet and Flugelhorn
PEE WEE ELLIS on Saxophone and Flute
TONI MARCUS on Sitar and Violin
JOHN ALLAIR and MARK JORDAN on Keyboards
DAVID HAYES on Bass
PETER VAN HOOKE on Drums
(Strings on "Summertime In England" and "Wild Honey", the Choir on "Haunts Of Ancient Peace" and the extra horn section on "Wild Honey" were all arranged by Pee Wee Ellis)

96K/24 Bit remastered from the original analogue master tapes; the sound quality on this re-issue is BEAUTIFUL - clear and clean. The booklet is naff though, functionary at best - it reproduces the lyrics (Alternates included too) and session details, but no new photos, no history of the record - an opportunity missed.

As most of the tracks are lengthy, his sessioned musical partners in the band get to stretch out - and what superb musicianship is on display here - one second all jazzy and trippy, the next soulful and peaceful. Choirs and strings combine too - to devastating effect.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec 2000
Format: Audio CD
At 15 minutes, Summertime in England dominates this seminal CD, and shows Van Morrison at his superb best as songwriter, philosopher, singer, and all-round entertainer. This is a track that can be learned from and listened to again and again, the jewel in an excellent CD. The symphonic interweaving of the various instruments with Van's voice in pure magic. Once you know it well, listen to SiE with particular attention on say the drums, or solo sax, and gat many whole new viewpoints ! There are many others gems on the album, but SiE stands out, and makes this the MUST HAVE album for even a passing Van fan. Buy it now !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Nov 2004
Format: Audio CD
This deeply spiritual music will one day be compared to the hymns of the medieval visionary Hildegard of Bingen. Summertime In England, whence the album title is drawn, is a magnificent devotional piece with complex but oh so beautiful instrumentation and soulful vocals. Van's brand of funky soul emerges in Satisfied with its jazzy saxophones over a brooding rhythm track, whilst Wild Honey is an evocative pastoral ballad. The uplifting song Spirit is very positive and inspirational and reminds me of an exquisite song with the same title by The Waterboys. I suspect that the awesome but gentle tour de force When Heart Is Open refers esoterically to the opening of the heart chakra. It certainly has that effect on me! There's less of Van's trademark R&B on this album and in general, these pieces are not as overtly religious as say, Be Thou My Vision on Hymns To The Silence, but they're equally moving. Common One offers exquisite music for the soul - listening to it is pure gnosis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Hannay on 7 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is not an album I have always loved but like a lot of art, for want of a better word, that demands something of you, I come back to it from time to time. You have to be in the mood to listen to this album - don't take it to your daughter's 18th, grab the decks and say 'Let's get this party started!' There is a longing and desire in Morrison's singing that is consistent throughout the album, a sense of grasping and urgency that bursts through, certainly, in Summertime in England (a song that could collapse under the weight of its expectations but miraculously doesn't) but there is the controlled passion of the best Gospel singing in Spirit and Haunts of Ancient Peace. If you buy this,I think you're stuck with it for life - you'll have your ups and downs and sometimes you'll wonder what you ever saw in it but there will be moments when you know you can't honestly live without it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ged on 27 Sep 2004
Format: Audio CD
I suppose there's not much to add to the previous reviewers'comments except for the general dismissal of When Heart is Open. This is an issue which needs redressing. That the album is spiritual in its emphasis is not in question and it is this context in which the final track should be considered. On first hearing this album I was moved to tears. I'm not being precious, just trying to convey the emotional impact of this album. Somehow it's the very understatement of 'When Heart...' which, for me at least, imbues it with the most power. The mantra-like repetition and call-and-response of 'Summertime...' is distilled and refined to its logical extreme in an almost Beckettian paring-down of self, echoing the final part of the Trilogy (wherein Beckett attempts to destroy/transcend the narrative voice), in what seems to be an attempt to communicate the inter-connectedness of everything (really!). What's also interesting is to compare this track to shhh s'peaceful from Miles Davis' In a Silent Way. Try it and tell me there are no similarities. This won't have been an accident and the likeness further emphasises the emotional topography of Common One.
There is an air of peace, contentment and above all hope to this album which makes it unique in Morrison's canon/ouevre/whatever you want to call it and which, much as I love other albums, by him puts it on a par with Astral Weeks.
If you own this album, listen again to When Heart Is Open as George Michael once suggested i.e without prejudice and consider this...'can you feel the silence?'
Intellectual musings aside, this is an album full of emotion, spirit and,perhaps above all, heart. After all, it ain't why, it just is.
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