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Common One Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (7 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0018BB21Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Haunts Of Ancient Peace - Van Morrison, Pee Wee Ellis, Choir
  2. Summertime In England - Van Morrison, Jeff Labes, Orchestra
  3. Satisfied
  4. Wild Honey - Van Morrison, Pee Wee Ellis, Orchestra
  5. Spirit
  6. When Heart Is Open
  7. Haunts Of Ancient Peace - Van Morrison, Pee Wee Ellis, Choir
  8. When Heart Is Open

Product Description



Medium 1
Haunts Of Ancient Peace
Summertime In England
Satisfied
When Heart Is Open
Wild Honey
Spirit
Haunts Of Ancient Peace (alternate take)
When Heart Is Open (alternate take)

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Format: Audio CD
"Common One" is part of the 2nd wave of Van Morrison remastered reissues to hit the shops in 2008 (see full list below). Released Monday 7 July 2008 in the UK (8 July, USA), it boasts truly superlative remastered sound quality, an upgraded booklet and 2 bonus tracks for the first time.

Here's the layout (70:44 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 6 make up the album "Common One" released in September 1980
Tracks 7 and 8 are previously unreleased Alternate Takes of "Haunts Of Ancient Peace" and "When Heart Is Open".

The Band consisted of:
MICK COX on Lead Guitar
HERBIE ARMSTRONG on Acoustic & Electric Rhythm Guitar
MARK ISHAM on Trumpet and Flugelhorn
PEE WEE ELLIS on Saxophone and Flute
TONI MARCUS on Sitar and Violin
JOHN ALLAIR and MARK JORDAN on Keyboards
DAVID HAYES on Bass
PETER VAN HOOKE on Drums
(Strings on "Summertime In England" and "Wild Honey", the Choir on "Haunts Of Ancient Peace" and the extra horn section on "Wild Honey" were all arranged by Pee Wee Ellis)

96K/24 Bit remastered from the original analogue master tapes; the sound quality on this re-issue is BEAUTIFUL - clear and clean. The booklet is naff though, functionary at best - it reproduces the lyrics (Alternates included too) and session details, but no new photos, no history of the record - an opportunity missed.

As most of the tracks are lengthy, his sessioned musical partners in the band get to stretch out - and what superb musicianship is on display here - one second all jazzy and trippy, the next soulful and peaceful. Choirs and strings combine too - to devastating effect.
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At 15 minutes, Summertime in England dominates this seminal CD, and shows Van Morrison at his superb best as songwriter, philosopher, singer, and all-round entertainer. This is a track that can be learned from and listened to again and again, the jewel in an excellent CD. The symphonic interweaving of the various instruments with Van's voice in pure magic. Once you know it well, listen to SiE with particular attention on say the drums, or solo sax, and gat many whole new viewpoints ! There are many others gems on the album, but SiE stands out, and makes this the MUST HAVE album for even a passing Van fan. Buy it now !
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I suppose there's not much to add to the previous reviewers'comments except for the general dismissal of When Heart is Open. This is an issue which needs redressing. That the album is spiritual in its emphasis is not in question and it is this context in which the final track should be considered. On first hearing this album I was moved to tears. I'm not being precious, just trying to convey the emotional impact of this album. Somehow it's the very understatement of 'When Heart...' which, for me at least, imbues it with the most power. The mantra-like repetition and call-and-response of 'Summertime...' is distilled and refined to its logical extreme in an almost Beckettian paring-down of self, echoing the final part of the Trilogy (wherein Beckett attempts to destroy/transcend the narrative voice), in what seems to be an attempt to communicate the inter-connectedness of everything (really!). What's also interesting is to compare this track to shhh s'peaceful from Miles Davis' In a Silent Way. Try it and tell me there are no similarities. This won't have been an accident and the likeness further emphasises the emotional topography of Common One.
There is an air of peace, contentment and above all hope to this album which makes it unique in Morrison's canon/ouevre/whatever you want to call it and which, much as I love other albums, by him puts it on a par with Astral Weeks.
If you own this album, listen again to When Heart Is Open as George Michael once suggested i.e without prejudice and consider this...'can you feel the silence?'
Intellectual musings aside, this is an album full of emotion, spirit and,perhaps above all, heart. After all, it ain't why, it just is.
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By D J F TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2015
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Common One sees Van Morrison vearing towards spirituality with a serene, understated work that features some very late night jazz tinged music. Different to the albums that came before it, this is laid back late night music. With just six tracks on the original version two top 15 minutes but never outstay their welcome. Opening with Haunts Of Ancient Peace the pace is relaxed, the mood mellow, almost hymnal.

Summertime In England, the first of the opus tracks running to 15:35 is based on Morrison's own poetry and indeed features a couple of spoken word passages. It namechecks famous poets in its' lyrics and shifts direction a few times. Starting with a drum shuffle this is up tempo compared to the opener, but suddenly changes to a processional pace with swelling strings and Hammond Organ backing before speeding up again. With further tempo changes, it's a masterpiece that in a live environment surely bore comparisons with the manner in which James Brown could hold an audience in the palm of his hand, taking the song 'down' before bringing it back 'up' again. Pee Wee Ellis' saxophone is used to great effect in this respect.

Satisfied is as catchy as it's possible to be with a great underpinning organ theme from John Allair, superb brass stabs and a lovely bass run from David Hayes. It's a deliberate, rock solid pace that gets into a funky groove and doesn't leave it.

Wild Honey is similarly paced to Haunts Of Ancient Peace, with both brass and strings prominent. Seeming religious pronouncements, particularly "And the light comes shining through" and "I'll be waiting for thee" pepper the lyrics.
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