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Moondance

Van MorrisonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 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 Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KHF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. And It Stoned Me
2. Moondance
3. Crazy Love
4. Caravan
5. Into The Mystic
6. Come Running
7. These Dreams Of You
8. Brand New Day
9. Everyone
10. Glad Tidings

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Van Morrison went a long way towards defining his wild Irish heart with his first two classic albums: the brooding, introspective Astral Weeks (1968), and the expansive, swinging Moondance. If the first was the work of a poet, its sequel was the statement of a musician and bandleader. Moondance is that rare rock album where the band has buffed the arrangements to perfection, and where the sax solos instead of the guitar. The band puts out a jazzy shuffle on "Moondance" and plays it soulful on "These Dreams of You." The album includes both Morrison's most romantic ballad ("Crazy Love") and his most haunting ("Into the Mystic"). "And It Stoned Me" rolled off Morrison's tongue like a favorite fable, while "Caravan" told a tale full of emotional intrigue. Moondance stood out in the rock world of 1970 like a grownup in a kiddie matinee. --John Milward

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Van proved he was "The Man" with this 1970 album. The classics And It Stoned Me; Moondance; Crazy Love; Into the Mystic , and Come Running are joined by 5 more mystical musings from the Celtic soul brother.

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104 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistent Excellence September 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
In the history of popular music, there are works which, no matter how old they are, no matter how many times you have heard them, they remain consistently fresh, innovative, inviting and entertaining. Moondance, by Van Morrison, deserves an honored place on that list.
I was listening to the WXRT here in Chicago the other day, and Lin Brehmer, the morning DJ, had just played the first cut on Moondance, "And It Stoned Me". The song ended, and Lin read the titles of the first five songs on the disc, then he said, "If that is not musical genius, I don't know what is". I think Lin hit the nail on the head.
Moondance is an excellent album. The songwriting and the arrangements combine to form a mood and a feeling that is so distinct, so ephereal and relaxing, you feel like you are in another time and place. Listen to the song Moondance on the radio, and you may tire of it soon. Listen to it in the context of this album, and you will understand that it was written by a young man who was writing about his time, his life, his relationships.
This album has been written about many times, by writers whose skills far outweigh mine. Let me just finish by saying that Moondance is a special album, filled with special music. Buy it, and it will be special for you, too.
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107 of 116 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Everyone knows that Van Morrison first started his musical career as a blues-shouting frontman for the highly-underrated British rock band Them. It was during that time that Van wrote such rock standards as "Gloria" (sing it with me, everybody! G-L-O-R-I-A!) and "Mystic Eyes". When Them broke up, Van began a somewhat rudimentary solo career with the pop chestnut "Brown Eyed Girl", which even though it may be a little too pop for the now-very-deep-in-his-R&B-roots Van, it remains a rock classic. His follow-up ASTRAL WEEKS (1968) was one of the most enchanting pop albums ever recorded, and even though it had no hits, it is rightfully been considered as one of the best albums of any genre. For the follow-up, Van decided to venture back into his R&B and jazz roots with MOONDANCE (1970). The fact that it is so high on the Amazon Sales Rank (#399 as of this writing) sure is amazing, for even those people who are listening to artists who could be Van's grandchildren (he just turned 56) are realizing the magic that is MOONDANCE. The album is just as beautifully-executed as ASTRAL WEEKS, but it's less improvised & made of more songs than stream-of-consciousness exercises. The first side of MOONDANCE is made up of songs that are widely recognized outside of the context of the album, and are some of Van's best songs in a career filled with many. "And It Stoned Me" starts out automatically with a vocal from Van that is as restrained as ASTRAL WEEKS, but still rather soulful like he was in his Them days. This is the perfect song to listen to on a warm summer Sunday. And no, stoned doesn't have anything to do with marijuana, but something more metaphoric. Next is the title track that is by far in the top echelon of Van's classic songs. Read more ›
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply flawless July 31, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Van Morrison's 1970 classic, Moondance, is the rarest of beasts, a wholly substantial and completely consistent rock album. Never on this spell-binding LP is there a clichéd or superficial lyric, a lazily-sung word, an unnecessary instrument in the accompaniment, an instance of fabricated artistic posturing and nowhere on Moondance is there a song that is not completely outstanding. Casual classic rock listeners are probably familiar with the dreamy "And It Stoned Me" and the jazzy title track, but none of these ten songs would sound out of place on a best-of collection. Even lesser known songs such as the bopping "These Dreams of You," the emotion-rendering "Brand New Day" and the simply breathtaking "Into the Mystic" are compositions strong enough to rival Lennon/McCartney. On Moondance, Mr. Morrison obviously reached a zenith of artistic maturity and focus. The album is a perfect ten.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY REMASTERED! BUT ONLY IN JAPAN! WHY, EDGAR, WHY? September 21, 2008
By BOB
Format:Audio CD
The good news?

20+ years after their debut on CD, FINALLY, there are full remasters of Moondance, Street Choir and Astral Weeks.

The bad news?

They're not available domestically from Warner Music Group USA: All three were released in June 2008 by Warner in Japan only, and Amazon is only now getting around to making them available in the U.S.

The catalog numbers for the three Japan Warner remasters are WPCR-75419, -20 and -21, which streeted in Japan on 6/25/08. Be sure that you use the links (Street Choir and Astral Weeks will function after 9/30 when Amazon adds them into stock) I have provided above, as Warner Japan has previously released non-remastered versions of all three titles (also listed here on Amazon), and you don't want to make an expensive mistake.

These classic albums, which we have all waited so long to be brought properly into the digital world, now, unfortunately, join fellow Warner artists such as Tower Of Power, Ry Cooder, The Doobie Brothers, Neil Young, Van Dyke Parks, Little Feat, America, Annie Haslam, Everything But The Girl, Todd Rundgren, Cold Blood, Paul Butterfield and many others, whose either partially or wholly remastered catalogs are only available off-shore.

Pathetic.

The responsibility for this is ultimately Edgar Bronfman, Jr., the CEO of WMG USA.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nothing like vinyl
Published 43 minutes ago by Wes Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites
What can I say, its a classic. No one else sounds like this. In my opinion, one of his best. I dare you not to want t sing along!
Published 4 days ago by mlg
5.0 out of 5 stars Moondance
One of my favorite albums. But this is a bias opinion since I am a fan of Van the Man!
Published 8 days ago by tony
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
Some of his best stuff here.
Published 9 days ago by bmclellan2
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
5 star!
Published 11 days ago by corinne montgomerie
5.0 out of 5 stars Moondance
I found this album in 1982. If it's not in your collection... you need to get it there. Well within the top 100 of all time. Read more
Published 12 days ago by BROOKS RANDALL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful album!
Published 18 days ago by anne gray
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Van Morrison at his best.
Published 18 days ago by 31jj
5.0 out of 5 stars Sailing Into the Mystic ~ an incredible piece of work!
Van Morrison is an incredible artist, and this truly is my favorite set of works by him. My husband introduced me to Van Morrison's music in a new light. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leslie Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but too bad it is not released as an SACD disk.
Great multichannel effort, but it only plays in a Blu-ray player. Therefore I can't play it in my car (sacd enabled) or my other multichannel systems.
Published 1 month ago by Richard
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Just where is the re-mastered version of this, "Astral Weeks" and "His...
Even for the sake of this memorable recordings, the label doesn't seem to care for new younger people that is discovering these gems, it seems a complete stupidity and ignorance, they would revitalize the catalog by remastering-reissuing this magnificent albums in all their original glory, even... Read More
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