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Veedon Fleece [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Van Morrison Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Exile/Polydor
  • ASIN: B0018BB220
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fair Play
2. Linden Arden Stole The Highlights
3. Who Was That Masked Man
4. Streets Of Arklow
5. You Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push The River
6. Bulbs
7. Cul De Sac
8. Comfort You
9. Come Here My Love
10. Country Fair
11. Twilight Zone
12. Cul De Sac

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolutely Wonderful Album 11 Nov 2008
By Fincar
Format:Audio CD
For me, this is maybe his best album, although it's quite hard to quantify the guy's output as he has been so prolific over what must be a 45 year career, and his material has veered from r'n'b to jazz, and on to traditional, country and several points in between.

Although recorded in America, a lot of the tracks seem very influenced by Ireland, and I believe he moved back to live there around this time. As with many of his albums, the lyrics are open to interpretation. I've read various tomes dealing with this, and I've always ended up more confused than when I started. My advice would be to shut the books, let this album float over you, and the lyrics will mean whatever they mean - to you.

Pastoral - Celtic - and in the case of "You Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push The River", incomprehensible, have been some of the descriptions applied to this album. I must confess that for years I'd lift the stylus when it came around to "You Don't Pull No Punches", as I did indeed find it unfathomable. But then one day the stylus stayed down, and lo and behold, it all made absolute sense. Beautifully arranged, heart stopping string section, and Van at the top of his game "Contemplating Baba" and "Looking for the Veedon Fleece"" - it's now one of my favourite pieces of music, ever. Transcendental I believe is the word. A work of genius!

Many of the other tracks are more immediately accessible, certainly musically. "Fair Play" I would guess harks back to his younger days in Ireland, and then "Linden Arden" and "Who Was That Masked Man" meld into one another with those strange lyrics again, concerning violent murder. And then comes "Streets of Arklow" which is a much more straightforward, slow air about Arklow, obviously!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pastoral, transporting, elegance... 19 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favourite albums of all time, and one that is matched only by the magic and intoxication of Astral Weeks as far as Van's career goes. Veedon Fleece is one of those records that was seen as a flop at the time, but now seems better than anything else, with Morrison returning to the themes and ideas established on that aforementioned classic, and reflecting on an agonising divorce and a recent trip back home, to Belfast. We can only imagine the impact that the lushness of the landscape and the poetry of his countrymen must have had on the man at this difficult point in his life... with his writing both romantic and melancholic, enlivened with images of pastoral elegance and an honesty that was lacking from previous endeavours such as Moondance, His Band and the Street Choir and Tupelo Honey.
This is an album to languish in, and for me, can only be evaluated alongside other faves like Revolver, Don't Stand Me Down, Blood on the Tracks, Promenade and Forever Breathes the Lonely Word... music that transcends the boundaries of modern-pop. The sound is rich and hypnotic, with the tracks perfectly sequenced to give us a sense of cohesion, with the listener able to sit back and lose themselves in Morrison's tales of love, lost and found. Opening track, Fair Play, finds Van listlessly moaning like a wounded dog over a bed of acoustic guitars, the lyrics filled with poetry, grace and images of stark evocation... "fair play to you / Killarney's lakes are so blue / and the architecture I'm taking in with my mind / is-s so fine" managing to surmise the singer's emotional mindset, as well as setting up a mood and pace that will continue throughout the record.
The whole thing is just intense and relaxing and heartbreaking and elating...
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
"Veedon Fleece" is part of the 2nd wave of Van Morrison remastered reissues to hit the shops in 2008 (see full list below). Released Monday 30 June 2008 in the UK and 1 July 2008 in the USA, it boasts an upgraded booklet, a 96k/24 bit remaster and 2 bonus tracks for the first time.

Here's the layout (56:36 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 10 make the album originally released in October 1974 on Warner Brothers
Tracks 11 and 12 are Alternate Takes of "Twilight Zone" and "Cul De Sac" and both are previously unreleased exclusive bonus tracks

The band consisted of:
RALPH WALSH and JOHN TROPEA on Guitars
JEFF LABES and JAMES TRUMBO on Keyboards
JACK SCHROER on Soprano Sax
JIM RITHERMEL on Flute and Recorder
NATHAN RUBIN and TERRY ADAMS on Strings
DAVID HAYES and JOE MACHO on Bass
DAHOUD SHAAR and ALLEN SWARTZBURG on Drums and Percussion

Labes, Shaar, Schroer, Hayes and Nathan Rubin were all part of "The Caledonia Soul Orchestra" who toured with Van and produced the dynamite "It's Too Late To Stop Now" live double released in March of 1974. Tight and complimentary to his style, they knew what Van wanted when he went in to record "Veedon Fleece". The album is a slight return to the style of "Astral Weeks" song-writing - not verse/chorus - but more soulful meandering workouts heavy on the mystical lyrics and falsetto vocals. This style is particularly evident on the fabulous "You Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push The River" which ended Side 1 of the album - an 8-minute strummer that gets its hooks into you and doesn't leave. The chipper "Bulbs" was issued as 7" single on both sides of the pond ("Cul De Sac" its B-side in the US, "Who Was That Masked Man?" in the UK).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What's with the price?
41.55 seems er steep? What is it made of..gold? I'll be looking for download somewhere! Uncut review in May 2014 means I demand a re-issue!!
Published 1 month ago by Ian Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Morrison stole the highlights
To be perfectly honest it really is difficult for me to choose between St. Dominic's Preview, Astral Weeks and Veedon Fleece as to Van's No1 album. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars Van's Great Lost Classic
A wonderful acoustic, pastoral album, and for me greater than Astral Weeks or Moondance. A perfect accompaniment to a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Published 4 months ago by Nicholas B. Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites
I used to have this album in vinyl and always thought it was one of his best. I was really pleased to track it down again .the item was delivered well within the specified time.
Published 4 months ago by David Cope
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
This album has never worked for me. I have played it many times and enjoyed it up to a point, that point being that afterwards I had trouble remembering any of it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gerald L
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
I used to own thias on vinyl. In fact during a loft clearance (see other reviews - protective mask etc) I re-found my LP stash, including this. Read more
Published 7 months ago by JP
5.0 out of 5 stars Super speedy delivery and goods received in excellent condition.
Goods were received well before expected delivery date. Goods were in excellent condition as described in the sale description. Would definitely purchase from this seller again.
Published 10 months ago by Janice Roseingrave
5.0 out of 5 stars This feeling has me spellbound
I`m inclined to agree with those who suggest this is Van`s best effort since the sublime Astral Weeks, though Moondance and St Dominic`s Preview are strong contenders too. Read more
Published on 30 May 2012 by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered, but earlier versions sound superior....
This is a very deep, beautiful, essential recording and without doubt my favourite Van Morrison record. It's full of surreal and cryptic lyrics with musical vibes to match. Read more
Published on 15 April 2012 by Jackie P
5.0 out of 5 stars In the front rank of Van albums
I've just revisited this one after about 15 years. I've always liked it but now I think it's a top-notch classic, up there with the best of Van - I'm talking Astral and Moondance. Read more
Published on 12 May 2011 by Jason Ford
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