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astral weeks LP

Van Morrison Vinyl
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Born in 1945 Van heard his Shipyard worker father’s collection of blues, country and gospel early in life.

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: RHINO
  • ASIN: B003YX6ILA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To be born again - a classic re-mastered 14 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to this record (my favourite of all time) for 40 years. It's always sounded this good in my head, but now with this Japanese-made re-master it sounds superb coming out of the speakers.
I even realise I've been mis-hearing a few of the lyrics.
If you love this record and have a good audio set-up, this could let you hear it properly for the first time.
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van paints his master piece! 14 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ah Astral Weeks. I remember being young and living with my dad, just the two of us, and my dad used to have his own architect office and he used to work late at night. He would work in the afternoon, stop working when I got home from school until I went to bed and then work until those lonely quiet hours of the early morning listening to his music. My bedroom used be open plan, so I could hear the music he played and every night I would lose the battle with sleep while listening to the likes of Highway 61 Revisited, John Coltrane's Soultrane, Blood On The Tracks, The Band and also Van Morrison's Astral Weeks and Moondance…. Drifting between those shadowlands of being awake and dreamland while the music floated through the air into my bedroom trying to hold on because I didn’t want to miss any off the mystical glorious sounds I was hearing. Astral Weeks was always one of those records I found incredibly intriguing but that I never quite got, it seemed this guy was singing about things, and in a way that I could never quite fully understand, there was something manic and dark in his voice and the music, so much so that the album actually kind of scared me when I was young. I was far more at ease with Moondance, a slightly more straight forward album and a little less dark. I found the album hypnotising but I would always come away feeling slightly off balance after listening to it.
Years later, when I started buying all the albums my dad used to listen to when I was growing up on CD, I rediscovered Astral Weeks…. I got both Astral Weeks and Moondance on CD and although Moondance still remains one of my all time favourite albums, I really fell head over heels in love with Astral Weeks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 16 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is the remastered version of Astral Weeks I have been waiting a long, long time for, and it was certainly worth the wait! This Japanese remastered version of Morrison's 1968 debut solo album has the best recorded sound I've heard since I last played my old vinyl version (bought, for the information of cognoscenti out there, in Douggie Knight's record library in Belfast's Botanic Avenue circa 1974). The sound of the 'standard' CD issue is harsh and not that pleasant to listen to. In this remastered version the sound is much improved and the level of instrumental detail is really striking. Quite why Warner Bros haven't seen fit to issue a remastered version of this classic recording in Europe and the USA is beyond me. This version also contains a useful booklet with song lyrics - although there are a few mistakes, viz in Madame George Van sings of Ford and Fitzroy (two streets in the University area of South Belfast) and not, as the booklet suggests, "Froid and Fitzroy". Similarly, in Cyprus Avenue Van sings "All the little girls rhyme something on their way back home from school" whereas the booklet miquotes this line as "I heard the little girl dropped something"! These minor quibbles aside, I cannot really recommend this CD highly enough - if you love this album you really owe it to yourself to buy this version, it may be around four times the price of the 'regular' version, but it is at least four times as good!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic genius and musical excellence 31 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
Astral Weeks...
Well I certainly wouldn't be elaborating upon my feelings for this album by saying that I think it is quite simply one of the best musical creations of our generation. This album transcends its successors in both its musical atmosphere, which in itself captures a lost idealism of the late sixties, and in its lyricism. Morrison has never been questioned with regards to his ability to infuse a song with the most beautiful and poetic lyrics, but what is sometimes in question is his ability to contain such powerful lyrics within his music - in Astral Weeks I believe he succeeds in both to such an extent that we never again here the vocal, lyrical, and musical intensity achieved in Astral Weeks, apart from a brief retrospection in 'Veedon Fleece'.
This album provides the greatest insight into what I deem to be the frustrated genius of Van Morrison, in my opinion the greatest singer-songwriter of our time, and I urge anyone remotely interested in experiencing a rare musical treat to get it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent upgrade; even the best can be enhanced 21 Sep 2010
By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
More than 40 years on, "Astral Weeks" sounds as fresh as the night it was recorded. Many reviewers have pointed out that this is one of the greatest musical statements of all time: a true musician's album, impossible to categorise, standing out distinctively even from the rest of Van's voluminous and consistently excellent body of work over 40 years. All played in one inspired spontaneous burst, in a 12-hour studio session by musicians who had little or no experience of playing together: in the can, done and dusted, a timeless classic created in one night in NYC.

Bursting with youthful energy, musical originality and jazz-improvisation, featuring some of the most inspired poetic lyrics ever committed to song, the whole beautiful, timeless marvel is carried along by strings, brass, flute, acoustic guitar and the most delicious driving bass playing you'll ever hear. And then there's Van's youthful and right-on-the-edge voice, articulating those poetic stream-of-consciousness lines with such power and conviction you feel he's baring his very soul.

This 2010 Japanese re-master restores the sound to a crispness and depth not heard since the original 1968 vinyl release when played on a top-class sound system. It really is so much better than any previous CD release. And an additional bonus: an 18-page insert with all the song lyrics in both English (thankfully) and Japanese, missing form all previous CD releases. If you love this album as so many of us do, and want to hear it as it should be heard, this is the one to buy. Why WB has not so far released this near-perfect re-master in the USA or Europe is incomprehensible: it's definitely worth the extra money.

Someone said of Astral Weeks many years ago: "You can't really say why it's so great.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece . . . . .
A faithful old friend returns to my collection . . . . .
Published 1 day ago by John Graver
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by K T Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Van is the Man
Replacing anotherof my worn out vinyl platters... hope this gets as many plays and lasts as long.... one of my fave albums
Published 2 months ago by Mr. N. D. Paden
5.0 out of 5 stars superb remaster
If you love Astral Weeks on LP or previous CD, then this remastering is something to listen to. It's insightful, revealing a lot more 'sound' from the instruments, on a 'bigger... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Ac Smart
5.0 out of 5 stars Astral Weeks vinyl
Whilst I have this classic album on cd & tape I had to have the ultimate vinyl to complete my collection. I have yet to play it however and fully expect it to not disappoint. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stoneshelp
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top ten albums ever
I have been aware of this album for years but never paid much attention to it till I bought it in January.
And what an amazing album! Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. Waldron
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
One of Van the Man's best with lots of great lyrics and music. Every track is great to listen to. I would recommend it.
Published 6 months ago by Moonshine.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
All good,delivery quality, a great cd too, bought it as a replacement, arrived promptly in good condition and description used good condition was spot on
Published 12 months ago by Robin Bates
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, but the remastering could have been better
Off course, this is one of the true classics in singer/songwriter and rock history, but to my ears the remastering here could have been a little bit better. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Karl L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Van's first descent Into The Mystic
There are some truly great reviews on this that beautifully analyze the depth of the music on this album which I cannot add to. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Stephen O'H (Belfast)
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