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on 27 March 2017
Not my favourite CD - but good service
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Van Morrison's softer side is revealed here and his R&B excursions are nowhere to be found. The lovely ballad Higher Than The World opens this album of mellow music and high spirituality and is followed by the beautiful instrumental Connswater. River Of Time sort of drifts along but Celtic Swing is stunning, another splendid instrumental with a foot tapping rhythm and evocative wind instruments. Rave On, John Donne is a tour de force in which Morrison mentions a long list of visionary artists of the last two centuries, a very powerful song in which I suppose he lists those writers with whom he feels a certain spiritual affinity. He even mentions the Rosy Cross, Theosophy and the Golden Dawn! Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart No. 1 is a flowing instrumental with outstanding piano and just a hint of ethereal backing vocals, whilst Irish Heartbeat is a tender, achingly beautiful ballad, almost like a lullaby. The Street Only Knew Your Name is a mid tempo rocker where Van does some of his characteristic vocalising. Cry For Home is another tuneful ballad with a lilting rhythm, whilst Inarticulate Speech No. 2 has Van's vocals that are missing in the first version and some great lyrics too. The album concludes with another semi-instrumental with ethereal backing vocals and wordless vocalising, the slow and winding September Night. This deeply spiritual album forms a cohesive whole. It may not be amongst Morrison's best, but true fans will love it for its melodic simplicity and stately elegance.
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on 1 March 2002
Van loses himself in the music and sounds like he is enjoying it. This offering is very poetic (check out the tribute to John Donne), celtic and so un-selfconscious. It must have one of the best ever opening songs (Higher than the world -very uplifting) and a song that pre-dates even Bono and the Joshua Tree ('The Street only knew your name"). It is, however, the thematic "Cry for Home" which steals the laurels...perfect as long as your not 1000 miles away from it.
Overall, terrific...who else still takes music to the higher levels?
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on 28 November 2005
A record that disappointed many when it came out because so much of it was instrumental and lacking the dulcet tones of the great man.
But it's gained in stature and listenability and depth over the years - to the point where I'd list it among my Van the Man favourites. Very much his spiritual side - not to be confused with Moondance or live record with Georgie Fame. Unmissable.
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on 26 May 2016
Some brilliant tracks certainly one of his best early albums.
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on 28 May 2016
cd come in plenty of time good service excellent cd very much Van Morrison
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on 6 February 2017
memmorys of carefree days and warm balmy nights nice
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VINE VOICEon 18 August 2006
To most music lovers,the 1980's was a period when soul-less techno pop and dance began to hold sway. True, the 70's punk revolution had evolved into 'Indie' and great groups like the Smiths,U2 and REM shone through the dross. However,immune from the vagaries of pop fashion, Van Morrison continued his purple period with the sublime ISOTH.

A beautiful soulful album which captures perfectly the rich smokey vocals of The Man and mixes in beguiling instrumentation.

To highlight specific tracks is pointless as each track has an uplifting dimension and that includes the instrumental tracks which are as sharp as a cold january morning.

The whole album breathes new life into traditional airs and takes Irish music to new creative heights.

But it's not folk and it's not blues or jazz.....it's Van's unique musical interpretation of his native islands musical tradition.

great stuff !
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on 30 January 2016
Good album, excellent service
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on 18 December 2015
Van the man when he was good
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