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His Band & Street Choir [Remas

Van Morrison Audio CD
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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.

Feeding off musical greats such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Leadbelly he was a travelling musician at 13 ... Read more in Amazon's Van Morrison Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Japan
  • ASIN: B00171LFG4
  • 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: 315,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let your laughter fill the room 8 Feb 2013
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
There are those who`ll have you believe this is a below-par effort after Van`s bluesy, troubled semi-official debut Blowin` Your Mind, the sublime masterpiece Astral Weeks, and its glorious follow-up Moondance. Not a bit of it.
Van was apparently a happy man, especially judging from the group photos in the booklet, living with Janet Planet (a union which wasn`t to last) and their child in Woodstock, NY. There is even a note by Janet, reproduced from the original foldout LP sleeve, testifying to Van`s newfound bliss. All of this comes across in what is his loosest, most `hippyfied` album, though it`s also a record with heaps of soul, and the high degree of musicianship we`ve now come to expect on each and every Van release.
Van invariably gives us a great opening track, and Domino is no exception, taking its honoured place beside Stoned Me, Wild Night, Bright Side Of The Road and Jackie Wilson Said as a killer upbeat taster of what`s to come.
Next is the offbeat, irresistible Crazy Face - which I notice another reviewer dares us to try and sing! I kind of know what he means.
Another highlight is Call Me Up In Dreamland, a song that couldn`t be simpler, but could hardly be less memorable too.
Blue Money is a bit throwaway, but then comes what might just be the loveliest song on the album, Virgo Clowns, which is as compelling as its title. Van sings it with passion and soulfulness.
If I Ever Needed Someone is pure, unadulterated soul. Gypsy Queen is superb, as is the terrific and cathartic closer, Street Choir.
There are some excellent musicians playing with the Man, including John Platania on guitar and mandolin, Jack Schroer on saxes, with Janet Planet herself and Martha Velez (remember her?) as two of the backing singers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Driving New Orleans R n B from The Man 22 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
His Band and the Street Choir was Van Morrison's third solo album proper, after the transcendent Astral Weeks and the more mainstream but undeniably brilliant Moondance. Released in late 1970, "His Band" finds Van fronting a tough but tender R and B band with blaring horns, female backing singers, taut arrangements and real dynamic flair.

Seen by many as a slight letdown after the glories of its predecessors, "His Band" does indeed go lightly on Morrison's celtic influences, but is instead dominated by some glorious ensemble playing and proudly carries in its grooves an inspired undercurrent of New Orleans funk.

It even includes one of Van's rare US Top Ten Hit singles - the pulsing "Domino", an ode to the R and B radio of Morrison's youth.

The album also features the sublime "Call Me Up In Dreamland", the driving "I've Been Working", "I'll be Your Lover, Too", an introspective track reminiscent of some of his Astral Weeks work, and a soulful closing courtesy of "If I Ever Needed Someone" and the semi-title track "Street Choir".

Sure there are some throwaways, "Sweet Jannie" among them, but this is one Van Morrison album where his love for his music and joy in its execution come shining through above all else. "Blue Money", for instance, is probably as close as Van gets to a romp over the entirety of his forty-plus year solo career.

On "His Band and the Street Choir" Van Morrison sheds perceptions of his tortured genius and instead shines as the rhythm and blues bandleader, songwriter, and of course singer that he always was.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFUL R&B EXCURSIONS 22 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
Domino is the catchy slice of soulful pop that opens this great album. Crazy Face has gorgeous organ and I love the rockabilly rhythm and catchy melody of Give Me A Kiss. I’ve Been Working is an impressive funk workout that actually reminds me of the sound of James Brown; it’s awash in exquisite sax and organ. The rousing Call Me Up In Dreamland sounds more like country-soul to me and here again the sax is the hero. Van goes into torch song mode for the brooding I’ll Be Your Lover Too. One of the highlights of the album is the brilliant Blue Money with its catchy tune, hypnotic chorus and bubbling beat. (The obscure singer Cristina did a marvellous cover of Blue Money on her now out-of-print album Sleep It Off that appeared on Ze Records in the 1980s). Overall, His Band And The Street Choir is a wonderful showcase of Morrison’s delightful take on various R&B styles. Measured against masterpieces like Moondance, Tupelo Honey and Hymns To The Silence, it’s not amongst his absolute best, but by any other standard it’s a great work that will amply reward the listener.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good CD - quite a bit of 'noise'. 16 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For a Van fan this is a must. Excellent music played by a US VM and his 'band' at their best. Some lovely horn licks and great soul music.

The reason I gave the CD 3 stars though is not the quality of the music or Van's input, but the quality of the recording. Although 'clean' and bright it has an underlining noise on my reasonable system.

I understand that a lot of Van's music is being remastered, cleaned up and provided in a clearer format, but this is not it and would benefit from it imo. It really spoils my enjoyment of the music. Sorry Van!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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So there is more to Van Morrison than Brown Eyed Girl. I have not heard much of his music, however, over the last few years I have loved "Days Like This" which led me to this cd, which I have grown to love too. Van the Man shows us that it is possible to be a distinctive powerful voice while creating beautifully crafted music and lyrics. "I'll be your lover too" is a song which makes me stop what ever I am doing and just listen. I am currently working my way through his back catalogue, educating myself and finding some musical gems on the way. Try it, like me you might be surprised.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Worth it just to hear "I'll be your man".
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Published 16 days ago by MrMojoRisin
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great album love van morrison
Published 1 month ago by dotty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What a beautiful voice
Published 3 months ago by roymac
4.0 out of 5 stars van the man and the street choir.
bought this to replace vinyl collection. Personally not one of his best, but still up there worthy of being part of my van morrison collection
Published 13 months ago by willow
5.0 out of 5 stars Super speedy delivery and goods received in excellent condition.
Goods were received well before the expected delivery date. Goods were well packaged and received in excellent condition as per the description in the sale.
Published 13 months ago by Janice Roseingrave
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
Have this album but no record player so had to buy the CD. I love his early voice, deep and melodic. A fantastic album.
Published 15 months ago by Lazy cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Some great songs -
I bought this because of a particular song, 'Ill be your lover too'. I hadnt seen this song listed on other albums and was very pleased that this CD contains some of his older... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Sarah Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Van the Man.
I've been threatening to get some of Van Morrisons older Albums for some time. This is one of three I bought recently and I've not been disappointed.
Published 16 months ago by R. Bastable
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely one of the best!
Always very dodgy claiming that one VM album stands out above the others as you will always be shot down by someone, but for this listener this is definitely one of Van's best. Read more
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