Catalogue number 537 451 2 on the Polydor label with the following tracks: 1> Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile) [2:57], 2> Gypsy [4:36], 3> I Will Be There [3:01], 4> Listen To The Lion [11.07], 5> Saint Dominic's Preview [6:23], 6> Redwood Tree [3:03], 7> Almost Independence Day [10:05].
Conceived in the wake of his bucolic classics, Moondance
and Tupelo Honey
, 1972's Saint Dominic's Preview
sustains their mix of crisp R&B ("Jackie Wilson Said") and anthemic folk-rock ("Almost Independence Day") while insinuating a darker, warier spirit to Morrison's music. In what would amount to the first major instalment in an on-going cycle of digs at the music business, the title song pits the singer's authentic art against the false idols of the predators and sycophants surrounding him--a familiar Morrison theme decades on but given a soulful urgency here that makes it tough to dismiss as the ravings of a career curmudgeon. --Sam Sutherland