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Into the Music

Van MorrisonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 15, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LLR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,842 in Music (See Top 100 in 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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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making a joyful noise unto the lord May 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
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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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid August 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
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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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Infusion of Joy October 22, 2005
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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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the greatness... December 27, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
This is the best Van Morrison album out there, no doubt. For instance, while I love "Astral Weeks," I understand that some would find it's sound unapproachable. Same goes for "Veedon Fleece," another Van classic, but maybe a bit deep for some. And that's okay, so why not turn to "Moondance"? Well for starters, I don't like it that much. Sure, it has it's winners, like "And It Stoned Me," "Into The Mystic," and one or two others, but it lacks in depth. So turn to "Into the Music," a deep and approachable. It has quite the lush sound to accompany it's memorable lyrics and beat. I will discuss songs individually below:
"Bright Side Of The Road"-Great, upbeat number with outstanding vocals. Makes you feel so good.
"Full Force Gale"-See above.
"Stepping Out Queen"-I hate to leave the same remarks for three straight songs, but this is another irrisistible track that makes you want to sway to the happiness.
"Troubadors"-One of my all-time favorites, VERY lush instrumentally, and amazing vocals. Just listen to the lyrics, very interesting. Not upbeat at all, but more mid-tempo, and reflectional.
"Rolling Hills"-Rough, jagged, Irish; great song. Short, but if it went much longer it would get obnoxious. Just the right length, just under 3 minutes, and it leaves you craving more.
"You Make Me Feel So Free"-Upbeat, with entertaining lyrics. Is fit for a sunny afternoon while looking over the still river before you.
"Angeliou"-Emotional, very emotional. Very deep too, but again, quite approachable. Van also does the "yeah" effect a lot here, and everytime I hear it I want to say "yeah" myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Van Morrison other side shines brightly
Great music with an emotional side. The albumn present another side of this versatile artist. A necessary addition to any collection of his work.
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Van's best.
Great compilation of tunes. Van is very soulful and upbeat in this collection. By today's standards it is a short album, but supplies all the punch of the transitional Van years.
Published 7 months ago by gary Major
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful ballads
Laid back, easy listening, great harmony, takes me back to the high school dances and young, beautifully aching, first love !
Published 8 months ago by 60's holdout
4.0 out of 5 stars The great soulful album in the sky...all hail the vanMan
A bit in the flaming glory of the Lord for me, but it doesn't detract from what is a great album. He is a craftsman of the highest calibre. Read more
Published 10 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
3.0 out of 5 stars Van Morrison - Into the Music has some very good songs
Very good songs by Van Morrison. No big hits but Van Morrison is a highly talented singer and they are worth listening to. A couple of songs are great.
Published 11 months ago by Lyn Tontz
5.0 out of 5 stars old Van Morrison == so good
I love this CD, just makes me happy. Van Morrison is legendary and his sound is true "Van Morrison" and this CD is just that! True Van Morrison!
Published 11 months ago by zydeco lady
5.0 out of 5 stars new to my Van collection
I use to listen to Bright Side of the Road when my older brother first got this album after it came out. I can't get enough of Van Morrison.
Published 11 months ago by John Hayden
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublme record
This record is a stupendous success. I picked it up when it was released, all those years ago, and I still listen to it on a regular basis. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jack Bebinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Van oh Van
This is one of the goodies that he recorded when he still had the juice. I bought it because it was the only CD of his I didn't own. Read more
Published 13 months ago by W. Lanford
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
I own ten Van Morrison albums and this one gets the most play-time in my car, at home, at work. Whenever I need a pick-me-up.
Published 16 months ago by M. Bouffard
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