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No Guru No Method No Teacher [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Van MorrisonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, 1998 --  
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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 14, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1986
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000009DDM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,211 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Got To Go Back
2. Oh The Warm Feeling
3. Foreign Window
4. A Town Called Paradise
5. In The Garden
6. Tir Na Nog
7. Here Comes The Knight
8. Thanks For The Information
9. One Irish Rover
10. Ivory Tower

Editorial Reviews

Longtime Van Morrison fans may prefer the Belfast bard's tougher, emphatically R&B-driven work, yet it's his lusher, mid-'80s output that helped him consolidate the scrappy gains made in the prior decades. The once-heightened polarity between the earthy and the ethereal seemed muted on albums that traded in a softer-focus, romantic mysticism mirrored by the expanded scale of Morrison's band and arrangements, and left room for him to dabble in instrumental compositions or his renewed love of sax and piano. No Method, No Guru, No Teacher proves among the more durable, convincing chapters in this era, carrying a now-familiar array of symbolic touchstones (the Celtic legacy of "Tir Na Nog" or an extended instrumental allusion to a hymn set to William Blake's musings on England) and offering two of Morrison's better meditations on redemption, "In the Garden" and "A Town Called Paradise," which echoes the fevered waltz-time trance of "Astral Weeks" itself. --Sam Sutherland

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van's Most Spiritual Point April 8, 2003
By PhiloX
Format:Audio CD
Van Morrison always wrote music about the spiritual, but the spiritual is always changing. Starting out rather earthly (Moon Dance), to off center (Beautiful Vision), to right down center (No Guru...), to over done (Enlightenment)...this CD will give years of enjoyment with the philosophy of "Just you & me, with the the garden" meaning: Love will give you the direct experience of the divine without a guru, method, or teacher. Less R&B during this period, more Celtic Folk-Rock, with a very clean & well performing back up band. Some songs deal with either a journey or someone special is coming (Foreign Window & Town Called Paradise), is this about the 2nd coming of Christ, or that we all shall become like Christ or Buddha? Are there hints of reincarnation or renewing? Most of the songs give 2 to 3 different meanings depending on your spirituality or understanding fitting everything from Buddhism to Christianity. Also some issues about being Irish, (One Irish Rover) to being oneself (Ivory Tower). This has to be my favorite Van Morrison CD.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one has become one of my desert island CD's October 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It has been almost 20 years since I bought my first copy of the great, great masterpiece, "No Guru, No Method, No Teacher".

As time has gone by I have gone through the obvious changes that 20 years brings us; Travel, school,work, marriage, loss, pending middle age, not excluded et al.

Well, upon it's release, Van Morrison had been reaching for this body of work for a few years before. Starting with 1980's "Common One". Perhaps even, Veedon Fleece from 1974. bringing him through Jazz, Pop and lyrical indulgences that though hitting some fevered and brilliant moments were not fully realized until this album. He had struggled with his 1970's label, "Warner Bros and this was his second studio effort for Mercury Records. The change brought a revelation of sorts. A freedom.

From the opening, "Got to Go Back". The Van Morrison orchestral and jazz/soul pallette is being stretched and like the mist of the Irish sea, these songs flowed from the brush of Van's mind, pen, spirituality and his brilliant backing band. The acoustic guitars are in perfect balance with the electric guitars which are never intrusive. The sweeping string arrangements and outstanding piano composition/improvisation based on "feel" are nothing short of elevating. The whole band falls into a pocket that makes every track on this album a masterpiece in it's own individual standing and subsequently as a complete body of work.

Finally, Van's voice had changed by 1985 and matured to a rich, soulful, man's voice. Deep and poignant. His control and nuances of his always evident soul are placed in an almost prayer-like reading throughout. It is a wonder of an album and one which made me feel that in the mid-80's there was music being made that was the purest in the air.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Capturing Ecstasy--Beauty and the Beat January 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Van never lets us forget that he's the consumate musician and arranger. When he wants to rock, he rocks like no one else, and when he wants to portray a mystical experience in music, he paints with sound like a master. During the eighties he was in recovery and rediscovered magic in the moments of real life. Some of the songs on this disk, as well as on Avalon Sunset, my favorite, are attempts to capture in music those golden moments that are beyond words. We are fortunate when a great musician and poet like Van Morrison struggles to satisfy his own stringent demands, because the results come to us as gifts from the cosmos. Van rages, Van questions, Van is grateful, Van is blessed, and we are given all of it, to rock to, to wonder with, to be awed by. Irish Rover is lyrical, Foreign Window is cryptic, In the Garden is a breathless tribute to the moments when we contact "It," as he's been known to call a reality beyond the everyday. As the ultimate experience for some Deadheads would have been to trip with Jerry, some of us would choose to go for a walk with Van. His music is a reminder, though, that the good stuff is out there to be experienced by all of us, especially when we're alone or with those we love.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace, Majesty, Healing and Consolation January 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I dearly love Van Morrison's music, including all the obvious choices, such as "Moondance" and more recent titles such as "Down The Road." If pressed to select one album as a favorite, however, it would be 1986's "No Guru No Method No Teacher." Between 1979 and 1991 Morrison's lyrics explored more explicitly the spirituality hinted at in earlier works. On this album he takes the listener more deeply and effectively "into the mystic" than on any previous release. Allusions to mystical and Romantic poets, Theosophy, Celtic mysticism and Esoteric Christianity abound. I wonder if any other rock musician has name-checked Ray Charles, Lord Byron and the "Masters" of theosophical lore on the same album? An additional recurring theme is the paradox of innocence regained: in "breaking through to a new level of consciousness" (a line from "Thanks for the Information") one has also "got to go back" (the album's first track) to a more childlike sense of innocence, integration, wholeness and wonder. Regarding the music itself, his trademark "Caledonia Soul," reflecting, as always his converging influences of African-American soul, blues and jazz as well as Celtic folk music, remains readily evident, but with a more dreamy, meditative feel. More lush, less punchy than more familiar hits, it hearkens back to "Astral Weeks" and "Veedon Fleece" while also evincing his then-prominent concern with music as an agent of healing. I would agree with rock writer Brian Hinton who summed up the instrumental introduction to the track "Foreign Windows" by saying "there is a grace and majesty here which I have experienced from little else in rock music," and who called the album's overall effect "deeply consoling, healing even."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Lost
I have this on cassette tape and have missed it for many years. It is not on iTunes but I found the CD on Amazon! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael W in Vermont
5.0 out of 5 stars No Guru No Method No Teacher
I love this CD. I used to listen all the time and somehow it fell off the radar. I rediscovered it a short while ago and love it just as much as I used to.
Published 4 months ago by Barry A Bershow
5.0 out of 5 stars Van
This work is probably my fave among all his recordings, along with Poetic Champions and Enlightenment. This stuff really goes deep. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kevin N. Basden
5.0 out of 5 stars Van the Man
Great condition, quick turn a round, great sound. Excellent condition. Very good side of Van and his beliefs, you can just sit back and relax with this period piece of Van.
Published 8 months ago by James W. Carota
5.0 out of 5 stars No Guru No Method No Teacher by Van Morrison
This poetic album based on Christian faith, truth, and light is perfect for anyone wishing to combine good music with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lisa Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!...if you can find it
Excelant but hard to find, at least at a reasonable price. Every Van the Man fan should have this. Loved it.
Published 14 months ago by David H. Neale
5.0 out of 5 stars Under appreciated Gem
Much of Van Morrison's work between 1980 and 1990 is under appreciated. This is one of his finest efforts from that period. If you love Van the Man, pick this up. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Raymond Darbenzio
5.0 out of 5 stars Appreciating 'Van the Man'
I fell in love with "Astral Weeks" long, long ago, and began to collect Van Morrison albums. I'm just catching up on those of his which I don't have. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Leah Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars nature mystic?
Van Morrison's 1986 album "No Guru, No Method, No Teacher" lacks only some really memorable melodic inspiration -- what it offers is lively, witty, sometimes moving, as Van plays... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Van in top form
An earlier reviewer panned the album and said that basically 'only long time Van fanatics could like this album'. Read more
Published on February 22, 2010 by Daniel A. Watkins
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