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Beautiful Vision

Van MorrisonAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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The subtitle of Van Morrison's new album, Born to Sing: No Plan B, indicates the power that music still holds for this living legend. "No Plan B means this is not a rehearsal," says Morrison. "That’s the main thing—it’s not a hobby, it’s real, happening now, in real time."

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1982
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KNG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Celtic Ray
2. Northern Muse
3. Dweller On The Threshold
4. Beautiful Vision
5. She Gives Me Religion
6. Cleaning Windows
7. Vanlose Stairway
8. Aryan Mist
9. Across The Bridge Where The Angels Dwell
10. Scandinavia

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This 1982 sleeper captures Van Morrison banking the fires of his more urgent, R&B-flavored '70s classics to sculpt a quieter, contemplative synthesis laced with Celtic flourishes, minimalist synthesizers, and the skeletal horn charts of saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis and trumpeter-synthesist Mark Isham. Neither as expansive as the pastoral jazz meditations of the underrated Common One nor as limpid as the glossier, sometimes gloomier confessional pop that dominates his later-'80s albums, Beautiful Vision hews to ballads and loping, midtempo songs that allow Morrison gentle foils for his unmistakable vocal melismas. On its best tracks, "Dweller on the Threshold," "Cleaning Windows," "Vanlose Stairway," and "She Gives Me Religion," he alchemizes soul, gospel, and his own Irish roots in a balance he would often pursue from this point forward. --Sam Sutherland

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting and Memorable Album By Van The Man! August 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this album when I was living outside London in the early 1980s, and quickly became a re-confirmed Van Morrison fan. No one has a wider range of styles, interpretations, and abilities than Van, and he puts all of his eclectic talents to use here. From the opening "Celtic Ray", a celebration of the simple joys of Irish country life to the final refrains of the instrumentally provocative "Scandanavia', Morrison shows why he has so confounded fans and critics for the last three decades. This album marked a new, less popular, but much more mature style, or styles, since Morrison is so multi-faceted in his approach to each song that it is hard to describe his musical tastes, uses of instruments or arrangements that he has to be heard across a number of albums to recognize common and recurring themes or approaches. There is much to appreciate and enjoy here, from the haunting "Beautiful Vision" to "Dweller On The Threshold" to the comically caustic commentary in "Cleaning Windows", Morrison's take on a multi-talented artist moonlighting as a workman. There are several instrumentals here, and they do much to provide the atmospherics for the mood of the album. My favorite is the aforementioned "Scandanavia", although a number of other songs like "Aryan Mist" have instrumental sections that are absolutely beautiful. Morrison later revved up his career with the blockbuster "Avalon Sunset" album later in the 80s. But all the elements he brought so memorably into that later comeback and reemergence onto the popular charts was here in this album in spades. I think you will a lot to enjoy and appreciate in this sleeper of an album by one of the best of the sixties generation of singer/songwriters. Enjoy!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Definite High Point in Van's Career September 14, 1999
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"Beautiful Vision" is one of Van Morrison's most accessible and enjoyable works. Besides such high quality "hits" as "Dweller On The Threshold", "She Gives Me Religion", and "Cleaning Windows", it also contains the delicate and haunting "Across The Bridge Where Angels Dwell" and the eventual concert favorite "Vanlose Stairway" in its original form. The lyrics are intriguing and the Van's voice is strong and emotional as he sings of his return to his Irish roots. The musical arrangements are just the right balance between pop/rock and Van's unique fusion of jazz, soul, r&b and Lord knows what else. A real winner.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van's one true masterpiece... September 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I am confounded as to how and why people do not appreciate the greatness of this work. I first heard "Cleaning Windows" while driving from San Francisco to Oakland on the Bay Bridge, and said to myself "I MUST find and purchase this CD!". I have a lot of other Van, but this is still by far the BEST! Seriously. The odd thing is, all the other songs on the CD are masterpieces, also. Some day this work will be rightly appreciated. What's not to love?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite van cd January 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a beautiful CD and I do think it is one of his best. I didn't know much about Van before this album, other than his renowned Brown-Eyed Girl. Every song is lovely & generally up-tempo, Cleaning Windows is fabulous. Really. I have bought many of his CD's after this one and though they are good, this is better. I do wish he would print the words to the songs though-can hardly understand a word the man is saying!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moved to tears November 2, 2008
Format:Audio CD
If a piece of music can move you to tears, it has to be special. The song that does that do me every time is Across the bridge where angels dwell. The place where we can only hope to end up someday. Thank you Van.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Not His Best, But My Personal Favorite January 28, 2005
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By the time Van recorded Beautiful Vision, his spiritual journey, first tentatively sketched out in Hard Nose, amplified in bits and pieces in subsequent releases, but really filled out in Common One, had reached the tipping point: He finally put the sounds, the words, the atmosphere, the vision -- into a complete package, and Beautiful Vision is the result. To me every song works and flows gently into the next, revealing additional layers of depth and beauty to Van's journey. The production here is warm and inviting, and the musicianship top-notch, punctuated by Mark Knopfler's tasteful guitar and Mark Isham's pipes.

Although there are other Van albums for other moods, ones that may have more upbeat songs or more spirited performances, it is Beautiful Vision that to me holds up and warrants repeated listens. If this were the only album Van released it would be enough to secure his name in the pantheon. Fortunately it's not, but it's a must-have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds from somewhere above the clouds May 21, 2007
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think this may be my favourite Morrison album...but I am still not sure. "Poetic Champions", "Moondance" and "Into the Music" are also favourites, how can I narrrow it down to one? Well, either way this one is special - "Beautiful Vision" really does descend into the meditation and etheral zones and delivers some of the most uplifting popular music ever composed. In this way I see connections with other VM albums (Into the Music's "Healing has begun" and "its all in the Game/You know what they are talking about" and Common one's " summertime in England"). But this one is more consistent in its main themes of love, happiness, nature and spiritual nourishment. The listener may suspend the harsh realities of the modern world and just maybe "chill out" with the aspirational views and sounds. "Celtic Ray" celebrates the links between the Celts of the home countries. "Dweller on the Threshold" may be linked to hope and bravery of choice. "She gives me religion" opens us up to many possibilities but it takes joy in the simple but extemely powerful act of love. Then there a number of jewels that convey the joy of vision through music - "Beautiful Vision", "Aryan Mist" "Vanlose Stairways" and "Scandinavia". These songs are "bridged" by one of Van's most joyful, triumphant and hope-inspiring songs "Across the Bridge where Angels dwell". It's a place I definately want to be. The album ends with the oddity "Cleaning windows", a song that is misplaced on this album. Music for a cold winter's night with the lights down low. Beautiful Vision, Beautiful music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love van Morrison. This CD is one of my favorites.
Published 15 days ago by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music
What can I say? The older I get the more I enjoy listening to Van Morrison. This is just another classic CD/LP in his vast assortment of music which is so underappreciated it's... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Catager
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Vision
I bought this item for a friend of mine who does not have a computer. She is a big Van Morrison fan and really enjoyed this CD.
Published 6 months ago by Jeff Colson
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of His Masterpieces!
Van has created 5 masterpieces during his long and illustrious career -- Poetics Champion Compose, Enlightenmnet, Moondance, No Guru, and Beautiful Vision and several near... Read more
Published 8 months ago by MJH
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best but also not his worst.
I still love MoonDance, who doesn t. But all those albums Van the Man made in the early years are all great. Read more
Published 11 months ago by huckelberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of Music!!!
NO One can sing and compose music like VAN MORRISON! He is the BEST OF THE BEST! LOVE This CD and All of his recordings! He is the Master of Music!
Published 12 months ago by LaResa Turnbow
5.0 out of 5 stars Visions of Inspiration:
Everyone should have some Van Morrison in their music collection. He has inspired us and entertained us with some wonderful songs and albums over the years but there has probably... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Knowetall
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Gift
I bought this as a Christmas present for my father. He is a big fan, and it arrived in great condition.
Published 18 months ago by Moriah Amerson
4.0 out of 5 stars Van the Man as good as ever.
I buy about all of Vans work, enjoy everything he does, so I look forward to all of his work. If you are a Van Morrison fan, you will not be disappointed with this album.
Published 18 months ago by steamer
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD
This CD is wonderful. One of Van Morrisons best. When I listen to this CD people who haven't heard of Van Morrisson asks who it is and tell me they really like it.
Published 21 months ago by Jean
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