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
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.