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Others here have gone into detail about Vanlose Stairway, Cleaning Windows and Solid Ground, all great songs - pop songs, too, in their way - as are Celtic Ray, She Gives Me Religion and the indecently joyous Dweller on the Threshold. Van Morrison, at times like these, convinces you of the higher power he has sung about so frequently. Apart from the overly prominent snare and the slightly thin vocals, the old devil of eighties production stays away from this record - and these are small quibbles, as is the discernible dwindling of inspiration in the last quarter of the album, after Vanlose Stairway. It is, at any rate, almost a relief when the intensity diminishes and the music seems to drift to a close. Few singers have been so adept at getting their band to sound vital and spontaneous in the studio as well as on stage. Beautiful Vision has stayed the course - it's as true now as it was then.
Don't be put off by the shockingly bad cover pic. Buy this and listen to a laid back Van The Man singing like no other white man can!
He had a great run; some of the most unmissable albums in the history of rock have his proud name attached to them; and while 'Beautiful Vision' is colourful and strong, it does set a pointer to his demise shortly afterwards (Wasn't 'Too Rye Ay' 82's best Van Morrison album, anyway ? ).
Almost in it's entirety, 'Beautiful Vision' is Morrison's closure of his previous, poorly, 'Common One'. The criticisms much stung, but were generally well deserved.
Morrison's no fool. His response, as you'd expect, was fractious to say the least, but in his own belligerent, grudging way, he comes to terms with the artistic failure of 'Common One', head-on, on 'Beautiful Vision'.
In particular, 'Dweller on the Threshold', a throwback to some of his finest work on 'Wavelength' and 'Into the Music'; ''I know just what I am.'' the chorus insists, allowing assuage, while at the same time, offering only stubborn self-belief in mitigation. Morrison is never apologetic; any concessions he's making are predictably off-hand.
''I've been away from the Ray too long..'' he muses on the startling opener, 'Celtic Ray', giving it away from the offset. Artists often exorcise previous evil spirits in later works, but rarely as vulnerably as Morrison does here. The whole album is eerie, lots of mournful trumpets and pipes. He is literally jumping out of the darkness at us, not just going through the motions. Play it in your car and it's a sombre mood you'll find yourself in, journey's end.Read more ›
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His best album of the Eighties along with Champion Poetic Compose Album, Van the Man at his best still going strong today but earlier stuff up to the late eighties were his best... Read morePublished on 20 July 2013 by coffee beans
great product and service, got the album but wanted the cd for the car, makes my car driving more pleasurablePublished on 27 Jan. 2013 by jane murray
Beautiful Vision from 1982 is one of Van`s most varied albums, a spiritually forceful song like She Gives Me Religion and the remarkable Vanlose Stairway bookending the nostalgic,... Read morePublished on 27 May 2012 by KaleHawkwood