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  • Audio CD (3 Oct. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000002KNG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Celtic Ray
  2. Northern Muse
  3. Dweller On The Threshold
  4. Beautiful Vision
  5. She Gives Me Religion
  6. Cleaning Windows
  7. Vanlose Stairway
  8. Aryan Mist
  9. Across The Bridge Where The Angels Dwell
  10. Scandinavia

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An album often overlooked in the vast and for the most part, hugely impressive Van Morrison back catalogue. It is certainly mellow and as some have said "spiritual" but none the worse for that; Celtic Ray, Dweller on the threshold, Aryan Mist, Vanclose Stairway and Scandinavia are all up there with the best of the great man's output. However, for me, "She gives me religion" is a classic and I just cannot understand how it has escaped the various "best ofs" that have emerged over the years. I bought this album when it was originally released (on vinyl no less) and it remains one of my favourites. Some might argue that its true charms take a while to reveal themselves but believe me, it is time well spent.

I hope you enjoy as much as I have.
Roger Bell
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By D J F TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Nov. 2015
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Van Morrison's 13th album dates from 1982 and arguably shows the singer at his most contented. It's got a jazz feel rather than the R&B one he made his name with and includes fan favourite Cleaning Windows, harking back to Van's pre-music career. Uilleann bagpipes dominate opener Celtic Ray, which sees Van at his most mystical and spiritual. Dweller On The Threshold is a moderately-tempoed toe tapper with deep, spiritual lyrics that could be interpreted several ways. Closer Scandinavia is a relaxing instrumental, featuring Morrison on piano. In fact the whole album's mood is predominantly laid back and relaxing, helped in part by the presence of Mark Knopfler on two of the tracks, which echo the more relaxed work from Dire Straits. Definitely a change of pace from Van compared to his classic 1970's run, the whole flows well as a complete work, well-produced by Morrison. Great late night listening.
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Unlike many of his peers from the sixties and seventies, Van Morrison's eighties work is full of felicity and freshness and stands up well beside Veedon Fleece, St Dominic's Preview, Moondance and Into the Music. Certainly this album, along with Poetic Champions Compose, No Guru, the still miraculous Irish Heartbeat and much of Avalon Sunset, bubble over with VM's own peculiar brand of realism - making spirituality accessible to the masses while making wonderful horn arrangements accessible to anyone with ears to hear. So it is refreshingly perverse, in a way, to see how he has allowed his catalogue to fall into disrepair, while everyone else, dead or alive, creates archives and rereleases their entire oeuvre in mono and massive boxsets. He has even, singlehandedly, given monetary value to the plastic rubble of secondhand CDs.

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.
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I am a Van Morrison fan, but i had made up my mind that only the early stuff would be good (Astral Weeks, Moondance etc). I gave this a listen and thought the production was dated and didn't give it much thought. The production is dated, especially the guitar sound, but i love this album. The songs are great. Celtic Ray, Northern Music, She Gives Me Religion all blow me away. OK, OK i am bised. I am from Belfast and living away from home but i know good music when i hear it and this is it. Now i know there is more to Van than i thought, i will be buying more.
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!
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In terms of cohesion and (coughs), vision, probably Van Morrison's last truly GOOD album.
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.
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