8 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s never been anything like Astral Weeks—not before or since. Parting with the straightforward, R&B-based rock of his past, a young Van Morrison embraced his love of jazz, blues, folk, and poetry all at once. The thrillingly transcendent journey finds him mixing bittersweet childhood memories and in-the-moment reveries like a folk-rock James Joyce. His soulful voice soars over a constantly shifting, almost impressionistic landscape of fluid, jazzy lines, gentle strumming, and shimmering orchestrations. The magic Morrison created here is as otherworldly as the title suggests.

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s never been anything like Astral Weeks—not before or since. Parting with the straightforward, R&B-based rock of his past, a young Van Morrison embraced his love of jazz, blues, folk, and poetry all at once. The thrillingly transcendent journey finds him mixing bittersweet childhood memories and in-the-moment reveries like a folk-rock James Joyce. His soulful voice soars over a constantly shifting, almost impressionistic landscape of fluid, jazzy lines, gentle strumming, and shimmering orchestrations. The magic Morrison created here is as otherworldly as the title suggests.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
36 Ratings
36 Ratings
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Transcendent

Closer to religion than Christianity, for me—my favorite album.

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Why not Mastered for iTunes?

Classic album! But why isn't this Mastered for iTunes like the rest of his recently released catalogue? How does this version differ from the other version of Astral Weeks currently on iTunes?

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Astral Weeks - Van Morrison

Good music made in Boston in 1963. I know. You see, I was a saxophone student going to the Berklee school of music at that time. One June twlight, two other saxophone classmates - Colin Tilton and Jack Schroer - were leaving the school dormitory on Newbury Street and invited me to go "sit in" with them at a club where they had met this vocalist - Van Morrison - who was performing there. I said no. I felt that if I went downtown instead - to the "combat zone" (mob owned clubs) - by myself,I could pick up more work than if I went to a club in Roxbury with two other saxophone players.
BIG MISTAKE. Jack Schroer and Colin Tilton are both on Van Morrison's Album. Not me. Oh well, life goes on. To this day and many beyond, I'll regret that decision......Tom Delaney
P.S. This album by Van is a classic - a part of ongoing American music history.

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