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Into the Music

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This 1979 release marked both a restoration of Van Morrison's full arsenal of powers as writer, performer, and bandleader after five years of uneven albums and a turning point toward the more interior works that would dominate his next decade. Gone is the lack of direction behind A Period of Transition as well as the commercial pragmatism of the sleeker but shallower Wavelength, replaced by an appealing synthesis of Celtic, gospel, and blues accents that mirror Morrison's own array of earthly joys and spiritual yearnings. On highlights like "Full Force Gale" and "Bright Side of the Road," the sense of revival is palpable, echoed by the lively paean of "You Make Me Feel So Free" and the welcome optimism that brightens "And the Healing Has Begun." Added luster is supplied by a superb studio cast augmenting Morrison's own band, featuring Mark Isham and Pee Wee Ellis in the horn section, with Robin Williamson's evocative Irish whistles and Ry Cooder's guitars. --Sam Sutherland
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 15, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002LLR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the 3rd or even 4th re-issue on CD of "Into The Music" (released originally in August 1979) and I'll happily admit it - I'm blown away! I played this album to death at the time, and rehearing today in this extraordinary sound quality is a rediscovery well worth making. It's by far the best version of the album to date.

Here's how it's laid out: Tracks 1 to 10 make up the original album with Tracks 11 and 12 being previously unreleased alternate takes of "Steppin' Out Queen" and "Troubadours". At seven minutes "Steppin' Out Queen" is extended over the 5:20 minutes of the final album cut - and it's an absolute peach. The alternate take of "Troubadours" clocks in at 5:32 minutes as opposed to the 4:41 of the album final - and again, a superb version. I'm always wary of outtakes and alternate versions as bonus material on re-issue CDs when they're not any better nor an equal to the original and act as a cheap way of suckering fans to purchase more of the same. But these two choices are inspired - and an absolute must-have for Van lovers.

The upgraded booklet contains all the lyrics in the same script style as the original vinyl album and a detailed list of who sessioned on what, but disappointingly there's no history of where the album fits in, no new liner notes, nor any photographs. However, a nice touch is the lyrics to the alternate takes - the record company could have lazily reproduced the lyrics twice at the end of the booklet, but closer examination shows they haven't - the lyrics actually reflect the free-forming of the different expanded versions - a nice touch.

But the best bit is definitely the SOUND.
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God figures heavilly on "Into the Music," but even us great unwashed can enjoy the truly heavenly results. Were all church music this good, scalpers would sell tickets to the pews. Particularly good are the songs "Stepping Out Queen," "And the Healing Has Begun," and "You Know What They're Writing About." When not singing in his gravelly voice, Morrison yelps and growls in a way that has to be heard to be believed. Far and away, this is Mosrrison's best post-"Moondance" recording.
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This is probably not the best album ever, maybe not the best Van album either. But one thing is for sure - it's the most complete. After repeated listenings you'll become convinced the artist opens not merely his own soul, but also the soul of universe, the soul of some spiritual and incredibly evolved being...people, it goes beyond words..All the songs are in their right "place" - you get a feeling they couldn't have been constructed or placed in another way. Not ONE song on the record is bad, not ONE is even mediocre. It combines irish folk music with pure soul and mellow love songs. Van's voice is remarkable...Otherworldly.. packed with ten powerful songs - ten poetic statements.. Just feel the power of "Steppin' out queen", "Full force gale" and the other eight tracks.
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I bought Into the Music on vinyl when it was first issued and it is this recording that sealed the deal for me as far as Van Morrison's music is concerned. Oh, I like Moondance, Street Choir, Tupelo Honey and Veedon Fleece very much, but Morrison had also managed to put out a few substandard records in the interim so I was a little leery when I first put this on. But then from the first note of Into the Music, I could see how everything had changed for the better.

There is not a single unlistenable song on this CD. Van's life somehow had gotten an infusion of joy, and it comes through both lyrically and in the spirited play of his band. The horns and the strings are tremendous and the vocals are as good as anything he did before or has done since. My favorites are: the jaunty and joyous Bright Side of the Road; the spiritually inspirational Full Force Gale; Troubadours, so evocative of another age; the uplifting powerhouse You Make Me Feel So Free; the forward-looking And the Healing Has Begun; and finally a soulful, romantic cover of It's All In the Game.

I own a recording of nearly everything Van Morrison has done and in my opinion, Into the Music is one of his five best albums. If you somehow missed this, it behooves you to add it to your collection soon. Once you hear it, it will be hard not to keep it in permanent rotation. Get it and hear what I mean!
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...is pretty rare these days in a professionally-recorded album. Oh, I've heard lost of bands say that "they're trying to capture the atmosphere of a live concert" in their record, but I haven't heard any live up to that promise. However, "Into the Music" has the ferocity, passion, and energy of a Van concert coupled with the polish and sound quality of an official release. I certainly agree that this is Van's best release since Moondance (although Veedon Fleece puts up a strong fight). Most interestingly, I have heard many live recordings of the songs on this album, and still feel that the recorded versions are better, which surprises even myself, because I love live recordings. Regardless, the rich melodies and lively atmosphere of the first half of this album are splendid, especially "Troubadors," a shimmering beauty of a well-written and creative song. The second half of the album is an incredible barrage of emotional, romantic, and evocative songs, including the heart-wrenching crescendos of "Angeliou" and the soft conclusion of the album. Impossible to listen to casually, "Into the Music" demands -- and deserves -- attention, respect, and awe.
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