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His Band and the Street Choir

Van MorrisonAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 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: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002KBD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Domino
2. Crazy Face
3. Give Me A Kiss
4. I've Been Working
5. Call Me Up In Dreamland
6. I'll Be Your Lover, Too
7. Blue Money
8. Virgo Clowns
9. Gypsy Queen
10. Sweet Jannie
11. If I Ever A Needed Someone
12. Street Choir

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Van's 1970 album that exudes the rhythm and blues sound of his inspiration: Domino; Crazy Face; Give Me a Kiss; I've Been Working; Call Me Up in Dreamland; Blue Money; If I Ever Needed Someone , and more.

His Band and the Street Choir appeared at a time--1970--when Van Morrison was building on the great critical successes of Astral Weeks and Moondance. His third Warner Bros. album contains a number of radio-friendly tracks clearly aimed at the singles market and few clues of the serious, brooding melancholy of Astral Weeks. Kicking off with the jaunty "Domino," the album is generally dominated by uptempo swingers such as "Call Me Up in Dreamland," "Give Me a Kiss," and "Blue Money." The cover photography and liner notes by then wife Janet Planet reveal a smiling Morrison and hint at a newfound personal contentment. This mood did not last long after Van left the artists' community of Woodstock. But even here, in "I'll Be Your Lover Too" and "Crazy Face," there are moments that are essential listening for fans of his sullen splendor and mysticism. --Rob Stewart

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joyful noise. September 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The first time someone tried to play this album for me, I was really reluctant to listen. It was the early seventies, a few years after the album came out, and the Van Morrison song that was getting the most radio play at the time was TB Sheets. Brilliant song, but harrowing Š certainly not something you want to listen to every day. So when my friend said he was going to put on a Van Morrison album, I said, "This is going to be painful, isnÕt it?"
Before the first song (Domino) was over, I knew I was wrong. This has got to be the most joyous album ever made. That great old Biblical phrase "a joyful noise" is the only way to describe it. ItÕs not a sappy, moon-June kind of happiness. I keep thinking of a line from Blue Money. He sings, "YouÕre so glad to be alive, honey." ThatÕs the spirit that courses through this album. It sounds like a man who has been deep down in the blues (the man who sang about TB sheets, I guess) and came up laughing and smiling and singing his heart out.
If youÕve listened to any later Morrison albums, you know that joy didnÕt remain in much of his music. But at least weÕve got this album. Even the most pensive song on the CD Š IÕll Be Your Lover Too Š is warm and contented, full of quiet joy. Most of the songs on here really do make you glad to be alive.
IÕve heard His Band and The Street Choir described as a "minor" Moondance Š the same rich and soulful horns, the same jazz feel, but without the lyrical depth. Maybe. ItÕs true thereÕs not a song here with the poetry of Into the Mystic or And It Stoned Me (both from Moondance), but pure, unadulterated happiness is nothing to turn up your nose at. Owning this album really is like owning a little chunk of joy.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hippie Soul February 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Van Morrison has made so many albums, many vastly different from the one preceding, that it would be hard for a new fan to know where to start. I have a recommendation: get Moondance then get His Band and Street Choir. Together these albums provide the listener with the essential expression of Van Morrison's love of American rhythm and blues.
Most of us have heard Domino and Blue Money. Good as they are for top 40 tunes they are hardly the best songs on the CD. The insouciant swing of Give Me A Kiss and Call Me Up In Dreamland are in stark contrast to the morose introspection that imbues some of his later masterpieces. The hard-driving sax on I've Been Working makes it impossible not to want to dance. If I Ever Needed Someone gives voice to Morrison's deep spirituality and Street Choir seems a scolding antidote to the anti-Americanism that was rife at the time of recording.
Put this CD on, and it will lift you right up no matter how down you are feeling. Out of all his albums, I rate this in the top 5. It is upbeat, it is rock, it is jazz, it is blues, and it is hippie soul at its best.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many great classics from the early days September 6, 2001
By Gabriel
Format:Audio CD
This albums contains many great classics from Van Morrison's early days that you really don't hear much anymore. Not to mention, this album also contains that great hit from "Proof of Life" that no one can find called "I'll be your lover, too". Definitely a great album for those who like that early seventies folksy song of Van Morrison
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our secret (don't tell anyone else) October 10, 2005
By floyd
Format:Audio CD
This is it. Sssshhhhhhhh.

We don't want word to get around about how fabulous this cd is because this one is for discriminating listeners; not the people who buy "best of" compilations.

If you can find a song that beats "I'll be your lover" I'd like to hear it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van shows off his voice, and takes you for a ride. June 22, 1999
Format:Audio CD
A must have for anyone contemplating diving head first into the soulful sounds of Mr. Van. Everyone loves Domino, the first track, and it only gets better as it moves on into Crazy Face, an emotional ballad, I've Been Working, a song about trying to prove his love, Call Me Up In Dreamland, and my personal favorite, the ending track, Street Choir. I have played this one for some of my reluctant Van fan friends and have noticed, a few weeks later, the album among their collection. Get the album, listen to it a few times, it will grow on you, and you'll want to buy more. It started me on my obsession and it may for you as well. After you get to know this album I suggest picking Tupelo Honey, it follows a natural progresion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one of his best July 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Still in his prime form, this album offers the full spectrum of what Van Morrison can be. From his moody, somewhat meloncholy "I'll Be Your Lover," to his well known "Domino," and in between the down-to-earth, sexy, "I've Been Working," this album encompasses a spectrum most of his others do not, in that it is a transition including musical mysticism, blues, and pop (not a criticism but a complement). As a lover of his live bootlegs I find this to be one of the most satisfying studeo albums Van Morrison ever produced - period.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album March 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
These reviews are always messy because the people that write them tend to be either extremely for or against whatever it is they are reviewing. I will do nothing to combat this.

This album's five star rating is justified. Great opening track with "Domino," but it's not the best. "Virgo Clowns" is hauntingly beautiful (pardon the cliche), especially when Dahaud Elias Shaar comes in on his bass clarinet. The next track, "Gypsy Queen," is another R&B winner all the way.

I read the _Rolling Stone's_ review of this album, and it was accused of being _too_ perfect--too much goodness on one album, like _Moondance_. That's a good point.

Anything else I say would just be repeating everyone else, so just read some reviews, listen to the samples, and make your own decision. Chances are you're predisposed to like Van Morrison if you're already here anyway, which further suggests that you're likely to buy the album, or at least have a struggle of whether or not to pay 13 bucks for it. I'd advise you to take the plunge, but it's up to you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Van's Best and Most Overlooked
Boy, I forgot just how great this album is - nice flow, nice mix of styles, not a bad tune in the bunch. I had the LP in 1970 and I rate this one right behind Moondance. Read more
Published 10 days ago by PaulD
5.0 out of 5 stars this is one of my favorite vintage Van Morrison
Besides Astral Weeks and Moondance, this is one of my favorite vintage Van Morrison. Definitely add to your collection.
Published 16 days ago by cynthia schicht
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Remaster of classic Van album
This review is for the 2008 Japanese remastered version of "His Band & Street Choir". First of all, this album is phenomenally excellent. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Dean Robb
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
van the man
Published 1 month ago by Marvin A. Wood Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Glad to have found it at an affordable price!
Published 2 months ago by none
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good music
Published 3 months ago by T. B. Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I purchased this CD as a back up. I've owned the vinyl copy since original release.
Published 3 months ago by DannyB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Good Old Music
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great Jazz greats!
This is only album he did with my favorite song "I'll be your lover too" on it and it was before he reached classic stardom. I like it very much. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Allen T. Redd
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
Liked a lot of this music for a while but mostly the commercial hits, but I have discovered the mans music is very comfortable to listen too.
Published 13 months ago by windsurfer757
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