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Into The Music [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Van Morrison Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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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 (28 Jan 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Exile/Polydor
  • ASIN: B0010DJ1IS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,619 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bright Side Of The Road
2. Full Force Gale
3. Steppin' Out Queen
4. Troubadours
5. Rolling Hills
6. You Make Me Feel So Free
7. Angelou
8. And The Healing Has Begun
9. It's All In The Game
10. You Know What They're Writing About
11. Steppin' Out Queen
12. Troubadours

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really is a full force gale 31 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
I was really lucky, you know. I had never heard any of his records when he came to my city (La Coruña, Spain) for a concert, and everybody in the local press went nuts praising him, so I decided to buy a record and see what the hype was all about. And I picked this one. So, of course, I got caught. Now I own 18 of his records plus the THEM best of, but this one is the one I keep on hearing again and again. It's easy to see why. It is a full force gale unleashed, from the vigorous intro to Bright side of the road to the beautiful end of the record. A musical rollercoaster, ranging from the lush arrangements of Steppin' out queen to the beautiful old bouquet of Troubadors (My favourite track) and the longing of Angelou. So, I was lucky, I picked this one first. The best way of entering his world, and get lost in it. It's a superb record.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Sandwiched between 'Wavelength's guitar & synth rock and 'Common One's bizarre mixture of epic 'poems to music' and brassy soul is this belter of an album which starts off as spritely as can be (Bright Side of the Road) and gradually calms down toward the final slow balladeering of 'It's All in the Game/You Know What They're Writing About'.
Featuring gypsy violins, regal trumpets and Ry Cooder's acoustic slide guitar, 'Into the Music' is like no other Van album, but yet sits perfectly amongst all his other recordings. Probably the most accessible (i.e. commercial) of all his 1974-1986 output (possibly excluding 'Beautiful Vision') there are singable tunes aplenty - happy and sad love songs, affirmation of spiritual belief, jolly folk stories - all sung with Van's usual gritty passion and whispered tenderness.
Not as breath-taking as some of his other work, it definitely stands out as a bit of a one off. Certainly check it out before any of his early 80s stuff. In my opinion no Van collection would be complete without it.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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This is the 3rd or even 4th re-issue on CD of "Into The Music" (released originally in August 1979) and I'll happily admit it - I'm blown away! I played this album to death at the time, and rehearing today in this extraordinary sound quality is a rediscovery well worth making. It's by far the best version of the album to date.

Here's how it's laid out: Tracks 1 to 10 make up the original album with Tracks 11 and 12 being previously unreleased alternate takes of "Steppin' Out Queen" and "Troubadours". At seven minutes "Steppin' Out Queen" is extended over the 5:20 minutes of the final album cut - and it's an absolute peach. The alternate take of "Troubadours" clocks in at 5:32 minutes as opposed to the 4:41 of the album final - and again, a superb version. I'm always wary of outtakes and alternate versions as bonus material on re-issue CDs when they're not any better nor an equal to the original and act as a cheap way of suckering fans to purchase more of the same. But these two choices are inspired - and an absolute must-have for Van lovers.

The upgraded booklet contains all the lyrics in the same script style as the original vinyl album and a detailed list of who sessioned on what, but disappointingly there's no history of where the album fits in, no new liner notes, nor any photographs. However, a nice touch is the lyrics to the alternate takes - the record company could have lazily reproduced the lyrics twice at the end of the booklet, but closer examination shows they haven't - the lyrics actually reflect the free-forming of the different expanded versions - a nice touch.

But the best bit is definitely the SOUND.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album ... 10 Nov 2009
By David
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You make me feel so free... 11 July 2005
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Format:Audio CD
Van Morrison devotees are usually split between lovers of his classic R&B records like Moondance and Tupelo Honey and his more languid, spiritual recordings like Astral Weeks. For me this album manages somehow to marry the two. That's why I think it's easily his best work. Listening to this album is like being in the middle of a gospel choir, with it's soaring harmonies and beautiful words of spiritual redemption it just carries you away. This is Van bringing it all back home. Everything that's ever moved him in life, love, religion, nature, poetry, the ancients, and of course his music. This album is a celebration of all of these things and the old codger is loving every minute of it.
The opening song hits you like a fist, as Van belts out a classic song about the joy of life and love '..we'll be lovers once again on the Bright Side Of The Road.'. He swiftly follows this with an equally stirring song about spiritual renewal, '...like a Full Force Gale, I was lifted up again by the Lord.'. Steppin' out Queen is a fascinating number. A true original, the arrangement is unlike anything I've ever heard before yet it's no natural to the ear and one of my all time favourite songs. Only a genius could have written it. Next up it's Troubadours followed by 'Rolling Hills', songs about the ancient troubadours and the joy of a simple life. From this point on is where he really hits his stride. He sets a cracking pace with 'You make me feel so free', a song about his love of music, '...And so I yearn for mistress calling me, that's the muse, that's the muse'. Followed by the beautiful, tortuous Angelou, you can almost see the veins bulging in his neck as he reaches for the words '..will you be my baby', building slowly up into the most exquisite crescendo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In to the music (indeed)
What more can be said about Van the man! If you love him you will love this: Into the Music indeed!
Published 3 months ago by Charles Radcliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I bought this album years ago and loved it but it was in my car when it was stolen and it was difficult to find a replacement. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Simon Bransby
5.0 out of 5 stars One of vans best
A great album from van. Not a weak track and the quality of songs are maintained throughout. The tracks vary from the uptempo, Bright side of the road, and Full force gale to the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by the grimster
4.0 out of 5 stars ...like a finger-waving preacher
Van Morrison has been a professional musician for quite a while now. Since the late 1950s his work has covered a fair few genres, including soul, jazz, hymnals, and R&B. Read more
Published 18 months ago by S. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars into the music - van the man
BUT I SAW HIM AT THE... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Robert Mcconnell
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great!
Another great collection from Van the Man - the only reason I didn't give it five stars is that I don't think EVERY track has the wow factor, but that's just personal taste. Read more
Published on 26 May 2010 by S. Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Never tire
One of the best by one of the best.

When this was vinyl, I could reliably put on side 2 (starting with Angelou), settle down on the sofa, or under the student duvet, and... Read more
Published on 12 April 2009 by E. Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece enhanced
This uplifting album kicks off with the snappy Bright Side Of The Road and continues in the same powerful vein with the stirring Full Force Gale, a full throttled celebration of... Read more
Published on 1 May 2008 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars Van's bucket
Tasteful?? Bland?? Get the guy to an ER now!! Give him the kiss of life!! Apply those nifty shock paddles!! Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2008 by Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars "Will You Be My Baby?" Van Asks On "Angelou" & After Hearing This FAB...
This is the 3rd or even 4th re-issue on CD of "Into The Music" (released originally in August 1979) and I'll happily admit it - I'm blown away! Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2008 by Mark Barry
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