Releases of studio outtakes like this are often filler for some artists. But not in the case of Van Morrison whose perfectionism has meant many great songs not making the cut to his albums over the years (see the tremendous "Philosopher's Stone" for example). On these tracks we hear the genesis of the Astral Weeks album with early takes of some of the songs that would resurface a year later. The sound is rawer, his voice is powerful and soulful, and the songs are bluesy with an improvisational quality. Listening to this album reminds me of Bob Dylan's "Basement Tapes" and the aforementioned "Philosopher's Stone". nb. I think the listing here probably has an incorrect track listing as my version has 18 tracks.
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