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Avalon Sunset [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Van MorrisonAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B0010DJ1II
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Whenever God Shines His Light
2. Contacting My Angel
3. I'd Love To Write Another Song
4. Have I Told You Lately?
5. Coney Island
6. I'm Tired Joey Boy
7. When Will I Ever Learn To Live In God?
8. Orangefield
9. Daring Night
10. These Are The Days
11. Whenever God Shines His Light
12. When The Saints Go Marchin In

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2008 digitally remastered and expanded edition of Van's classic 1989 album featuring two previously unreleased bonus tracks: 'Whenever God Shines His Light' (Alternate Take) and 'When The Saints Go Marching In'. (with additional lyrics by Morrison). Includes original artwork and full lyrics to Van Morrison compositions 12 tracks. Polydor.

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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully subtle March 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Van Morrison's "Avalon Sunset" was originally released back in 1989, but it is as wonderful today as when it first came out. One measure of how well Van is able to speak to people is that I still hear the song "Have I Told You Lately" from this album quite regularly on the radio.
"Avalon Sunset" is perhaps best known for being a spiritual album (I prefer the word "spiritual" to the word "religious"), but as a matter of fact only a couple of the songs on the album have an overtly spiritual bent to them, including the initial "Whenever God Shines His Light on Me." This song is a real attention-grabber--great melody, beat and words--and deserves its spot at the beginning of the album. I sometimes stop and play this track two or three times before moving on to the rest.
The most famous song here is, of course, "Have I Told You Lately [That I Love You]." What I especially like about it is that I can listen to it on a couple of different levels, either as a song of praise to God or else as a simple love song addressed to another person. It's that subtlety, that lack of "beating me over the head" with the lyrics, that I find especially appealing, but the more I hear the song, the more I find comfort in the spiritual interpretation of it.
Of course, there are any number of songs on here that deserve to be as well known as "Have I Told You Lately," and that repay repeated listenings. Some of my other favorites on this album are "I'd Love to Write Another Song," "I'm Tired Joey Boy" and "Orangefield."
One very special track is "Coney Island." Van's voice, reminiscent of John Prine's in some ways, is very expressive, and especially so in this piece.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY, A REMASTER March 30, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This amazing 1989 album had never received the remastering treatment it so richly deserved until now. By all means, replace your old CD, because the audio is now absolutely glorious.

This re-release is in the first set (Tupelo Honey, It's Too Late To Stop Now, Wavelength, Into The Music, A Sense Of Wonder, Avalon Sunset and Back On Top) of a 2008, four-part re-release of the entire 29-title Van Morrison Polygram catalog. Polygram long ago ceased production of its portion of Van-The-Man's catalog, resulting in two-thirds of Morrison's entire recorded output remaining frustratingly unavailable for the past several years.

HOWEVER: Be aware that 16 of the 29 titles are the same 1998 remasters, albeit each augmented with two bonus tracks. If you own the 1998 discs, you may want to seek other posted opinions on whether the bonus content is worth re-buying those titles. The other 1998-remaster+bonus-tracks titles to be released later this year are: Saint Dominic's Preview, Hard Nose Down The Highway, Veedon Fleece, Period Of Transition, Beautiful Vision, Inarticulate Speech, Common One, Live/Belfast, No Guru, Poetic Champions Compose and Irish Heartbeat.

In this first set of re-releases, only Avalon Sunset and Back On Top have been newly-remastered. All of the new editions are available in jewel case or Japan mini-LP-sleeve format.

Polygram utilized a deplorable Enron-like tactic of taking the entire 29 CD series out of production for an extended period of time to create demand, years longer than just the clearing of the older releases in the retail channel via sell-off would have required. The record labels bemoan the loss of CD sales, but it is exactly this kind of manipulative marketing ka-ka that provides impetus to consumer alienation.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Comeback Effort By Van Morrison! March 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
For anyone who has marveled over the range and depth of Van Morrison's prolific work over the last three decades, this terrific album first released in 1989 represented a resurgence of his powerful songwriting and performing skills. The songs included offer a startling range of styles, subject matter, and themes, but all share a kind of quiet celebration of the mature Van, able to sing, play and even chant his way through a song like no one else can. Indeed, after a string of disappointing albums that did not gain wide recognition or playtime, this album reestablished Morrison as a star of the first magnitude. So, we find the eclectic star of "Them" and then the guy who sang everything from "Brown Eyed Girl" to "Moondance" waxing sentimental here about love, dawn drives through the country, and God.
From the smash hit opener of "Whenever God Shines His Light", sung with British rock icon Cliff Richard, to the thoughtful and pensive "Coney Island", Van shows why he is such an enduring presence in the contemporary pop music scene. Diffidently intelligent, Morrison muses about the strains of contemporary culture in "I'm Tired, Joey Boy", and waxes eloquently about his re-found Christian faith in "When Will I Ever Learn To Live In God?", which is also my personal favorite here. Also noteworthy are "Orangefield", "These Are The Days", and a smashing rendition of "Daring Night". In fact, I really like all of the cuts here, but have to admit I still like the long-time hit garnered here with "Have I Told you Lately", which Van admitted was a self-conscious effort to emulate the work of Frank Sinatra with an out-and-out love song. This album is a keeper, and one you are sure to enjoy. I still do!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really really good
Published 7 days ago by Shirley Humphrey
5.0 out of 5 stars I LIKE IT VERY MUCH
Published 21 days ago by DVBV
5.0 out of 5 stars At it's best, sublime and transcendent
It's a shame that this one is out of print and not available as a download. I can understand why the price keeps going up. This is perhaps Van's most underrated work. Read more
Published 2 months ago by B. Borgerson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual Surprise
Anything by Van Morrison would make me happy, but this gem from the 80's was a surprise. I did not know he had produced music with a Christian perspective. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Took Me To Church I Died There & Went To Heaven
I am not a religious man, that Sunday school stuff just sends me running for the hills. But after Listening to to this beautiful CD. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Pagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD to own
I was very happy to find this CD. I purchased a CD years ago and recently lost it. I was so pleased to get a replacement for it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Janice Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Avalonish
Just what the ears ordered, a pleasant combination of musical and magical styles into a masterpiece of spiritual proportions yeah!
Published 7 months ago by Gerardo Martinez Casas
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it!
I think this is one of his best! He is a great song writer! I can listen to this CD over and over and over again!!!
Published 8 months ago by Lori Judkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Northern Irish lad !
What a treat this cd is ! I have several cd's by Van and each one has a distinct personality. This one is soothing to the soul ! I listen to it daily ! <3
Published 11 months ago by Mary Abell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Met my expectations because it had the songs l wanted - listen to it often. Van Morrison has a lot of meanful songs l can relate too
Published 12 months ago by Margo Keat
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Can u help me find the best V. Morrison
I've recently been researching and reading reviews on Van's outstanding and long catalog and as far as I know, the "Still On Top" 3 CD Box Set contains Tupelo Honey and excellent remastered sound, so for a quick fix of good sound and some of the great Man's tunes get this collection, as... Read More
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