I got to know and be amazed and uplifted by this album when I fell in love with the woman who is now my wife. After a previous painful separation/divorce and an ice age of loneliness there came along an amazing woman and a man who was brave enough to sing out his whole soul and not be afraid, a man who could teach me not to be afraid and let myself be loved. I could not (and still can't) listen to this without weeping my heart out: for sadness, at all those wasted years; for joy, that there are so many beautiful things in the world, of which this album is one. 'Blessed are those who grieve, for they shall be comforted' - or, as Van the Man puts it, 'the healing has begun'. Or, as when he asks Angelou 'Will you be my baby?', she says 'Yes I will' - people who haven't heard this album might think 'so what?', but Van Morrison sings it because he knows it means everything to him, to her, to you, to anyone who has ears to hear, and to anyone who might really *need* to feel that their proud but hurt heart might melt into love. Yes, and for those who have a brain as well as a heart, this (is it just a coincidence?) is what Molly Bloom says at the wondrous conclusion of James Joyce's *Ulysses*. And when he sings 'He will be there, with a small bouquet' in 'It's All in a Game', 'your heart will fly away' - it really will. So, buy this album if you are, have been, want to be or need to be in love.