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Wavelength [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

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

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Product details

  • Audio CD (28 Jan 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Exile/Polydor
  • ASIN: B0010DJ1JW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kingdom Hall
2. Checkin' It Out
3. Natalia
4. Venice U.S.A.
5. Lifetimes
6. Wavelength
7. Santa Fe / Beautiful Obsession
8. Hungry For Your Love
9. Take It Where You Find It
10. Kingdom Hall
11. Wavelength

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece enhanced 30 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Wavelength is a work of melodic rock and soul that ranks amongst Van Morrison ten best to this listener. The 1978 album has been enhanced by the addition of live versions of the title track and Kingdom Hall, recorded that same year at The Roxy in LA. The track Kingdom Hall is a full bodied rock song with a great hook and rousing vocals, Checkin' It Out a lilting mid-tempo ballad with baroque instrumental passages, Natalia a meandering love song.

Venice USA has a bouncy reggae rhythm, lovely organ and an addictive sing-along chorus, the slow ballad Lifetimes with its unusual instrumental mix is an extraordinary sonic experience whilst the title track with its handclaps and R&B vocals represents the artist at his most soulful. I love the guitar textures on Santa Fé/Beautiful Obsession, the brooding vocals on Hungry For Your Love and the intricate piano rolls on the mournful Take It Where You Find It, the most spiritual song here.

Because it is not experimental or any form of radical stylistic departure, Wavelength may not be considered a classic in the league of Astral Weeks, Moondance or Tupelo Honey, but it still deserves its five stars through and through. The two added tracks provide a window on Van at his live, atmospheric best. Other recent re-releases include Sense of Wonder and the aforementioned Tupelo Honey, both worth acquiring. These enhanced albums all include the lyrics and the original artwork.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is the 3rd or even 4th re-issue on CD of "Wavelenght" (released originally on Warner Brothers Records in October 1978) and it's the best version to date.
(Can it really be 30 years since I played this record to death in a Dublin bedsit! Yikes!!)

Tracks 1 to 9 make up the original album with Tracks 10 and 11 being previously unreleased live versions of "Kingdom Hall" (the opener on Side 1 of the LP) and "Wavelenght" (the opener on Side 2 of the LP) recorded on the 26 November 1978 at the Roxy Theatre in L.A. Both tracks feature the same band as the album sessions with KATIE KISSOON adding backing vocals to a speeded up "Kingdom Hall". My heart always sinks when I see live tracks as bonus material on CDs - they're usually poorly recorded, not any better than the original and act as a cheap way of suckering fans to purchase more of the same. But these live choices are not just apt; they're actually quite good - especially when the band let's rip on "Wavelenght". The recordings aren't exactly audiophile quality, but they are as spirited as the audience's response.

The upgraded booklet contains all the lyrics, and the inner sleeve of the original album with all of its detailed session lists, but disappointingly there's no history of where the album fits in, no new liner notes, nor any photographs. Really could have done better here boys.

But the best bit is the SOUND. The original analogue master tapes have been 96K/24 Bit digitally remastered by Tim Young at Metropolis Mastering in London for this 28 January 2008 release - and the sound is warm, full and very, very LOUD! Every instrument seems to be leaping out of the speakers and the effect is to make you almost double take on every single track. Stuff appears on each track that you haven't heard before.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wavelength 18 May 2009
By Mike Davey VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There is no question that this sounds excellent. I bought it when it first came out and liked it, although I did not put it in my top few favourite Van albums. On hearing it again now, not having had a copy for several years I am disappointed. The performances seem rather lacklustre and uninspired compared to earlier albums. Some of the songs are definitely good when compared to his best - but somehow the arrangements and delivery let it down.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY UNDERRATED 6 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this is probably one of the last cds that a van morrison fan will buy simply because you read so little about it. In my view however it is well worth purchasing,its very seventies in a good way ,very upbeat and certainly comparable with the best of his 80-90's stuff,although perhaps that is a bad example.
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2.0 out of 5 stars wavelength 20 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
bought after hearing the title song which is brillant rest of cd good but unlikely to play much of it again.Van sings well on it.Musically very late 70`s American
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