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Album : Van Morrison – Moondance

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CB had heard Van Morrison’s music on the radio and dug the cuts he heard,  ‘Brown Eyed Girl’, ‘Blue Money’, ‘Domino’, ‘Wild Night’, ‘Gloria’.  So when he made the plunge to get a Morrison album, where does he start?  With this record.  He was  familiar with a few of the tunes.  The opening cut ‘Stoned Me’ was exactly what I was looking for.  That sound Morrison had, his vocals, lyrics and the music.  The sax didn’t hurt.  This music hit a nerve.  Took me to a time and a place.  All sorts of images were conjured up with his words.  What a great way to open up an album.  The next tune is the title track and it just did it for Babyhead.  What a mix of influences Van put into this one.  Again he takes you into the song with his great lyrics and vocals.  The song swings and the sax and flute certainly help.  What a great tune! An all time cool one.  ‘Crazy Love’ is another great piece.  A love song CB style.  Van knew how to spin a tune.  Loved the bg singers in this one.  Nice touch.  ‘Caravan’ is next and the album didn’t stop with this tune.  So much good stuff in this song.  Fantastic.  Some music just moved me, Morrison’s did big-time.  When CB heard this stuff as a kid it set a certain tone for the kind of music that he would gravitate to.   Who needs words when you got “La la la la la la la”.  The last song on side two ‘Into the Mystic’ is a prime example of being drawn into a song.  The vocals and lyrics combined with some very good music take you away.  Beautiful.

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‘Come Running’ is an upbeat, celebration tune.  Van was good at these.  He was feeling it.  He pulls the saxes out again for ‘These Dreams of You’.  Another feel good song.  Van sounds like he’s enjoying singing and making this music and he takes us with him.  He slows it down on ‘Brand New Day’ and takes us on a little spiritual trip.  “Everyone’ and ‘Glad Tidings’ close out the album.  Two more good songs from Van with more influences coming through his music.  Fitting we end on some La la  la’s and saxes.  Really dug Morrisons sax arrangements on his tunes.  Catchy.

What a great album for Babyhead to take the Van Morrison plunge.  Something about his music really resonated with me.  I guess it just sounded good.  So I think I will stop bullshitting and go let Van  “resonate”.  More of his music was in the forecast.  “Turn up your radio”

 

22 comments on “Album : Van Morrison – Moondance

  1. Aphoristical
    October 15, 2017

    I think side one outclasses side two, and it could have been sequenced better, but it’s still a great album and probably the ideal starting point for Van.

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  2. Yeah, Another Blogger
    October 15, 2017

    Fantastic album.

    I’ve thought about which Van album I like best. Probably Tupelo Honey. with Moondance a close second.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 15, 2017

      I think I grabbed ‘Tupelo’ next. It will also be getting it’s own take. Another great album that we agree on. The guy is a special musician in CB’s world.

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  3. catchgroove
    October 15, 2017

    Greatest concert I have ever witnessed was Van on the tour that supported Beautiful Vision which is my favorite Van album. But Moondance and Tupelo Honey are hard to beat.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 15, 2017

      That’s pretty high praise from someone who has seen as many concerts a you. I’d like to hear your take on that one day. ‘Vision is another really good record. Van’s output is consistently good . Actually better than good.

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      • catchgroove
        October 15, 2017

        Van is one of my top 10 acts. That is a post some day to list out. I I should review BV and recall that great show.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 15, 2017

        Van is up there with me also. easily. As far as the take on BV, that is one of the reasons I tune in. Those kind of personal experiences I like (I seen him with Hooker in the 80’s). Change gears a little. Going to dive into your Waterboys take. I’m looking forward to it. Bit of a Van connection. Also was on the ferry to VANcouver yesterday and seen a Humpback cruising on our port side.

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    • Aphoristical
      October 15, 2017

      I really really like Beautiful Vision – I think it’s very under-rated. There are five Van Morrison albums I like even more, but I still think it deserves more attention.

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  4. christiansmusicmusings
    October 15, 2017

    Love that album – timeless, beautiful music. The title song has such a cool groove. I actually haven’t heard this record a while, so I’ll put it on my list!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 16, 2017

      Throw it on and catch the groove. I love the sax riffs on ‘Come Running’, ‘Dreams of You’ and ‘Glad Tidings’. That sound always reminded me of the E Street Band.

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      • Urban Fishing Pole Cigars
        October 17, 2017

        I saw Van in 1970 at Hunter College in NYC for a special taping being broadcast on a local PBS network. The tab was $2.00 to see him and two other acts. Van was extremely high strung that day and his performance was uneven. After that I decided to stay away from live performances and just listen to his music on albums.

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  5. Urban Fishing Pole Cigars
    October 17, 2017

    I saw Van in 1970 at Hunter College in NYC for a special taping being broadcast on a local PBS network. The tab was $2.00 to see him and two other acts. Van was extremely high strung that day and his performance was uneven. After that I decided to stay away from live performances and just listen to his music on albums.

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  6. cincinnatibabyhead
    October 20, 2017

    He is a little temperamental. That show is still a pretty cool slice of history. To see him that early in his career. He would have been unknown for the most part. Can you recall the other acts? Van’s albums are for me consistently quality work. Thanks for dropping by. ( I would have responded sooner but your comment was in the spam pile. I saved it from purgatory).

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  7. Thom Hickey
    October 23, 2017

    Thanks CB.

    A lifetime keeper.

    You’ll see I’ve just written about Brand New Day.

    Regards Thom.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 23, 2017

      I’m due for a Jukebox visit. Van is in constant rotation on CB’s music playing machine. I’m not to far behind you on my love of this guys music. A one and only.

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  8. dcw0731
    October 24, 2017

    What a great album choice for Van. Couple of my all time favorite Morrison songs came from this album. I guess now I’ll have to dust it off for a few spins

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