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  • Audio CD (July 14, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1987
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000009DDN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,066 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spanish Steps
2. The Mystery
3. Queen Of The Slipstream
4. I Forgot Love Existed
5. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
6. Celtic Excavation
7. Someone Like You
8. Alan Watts Blues
9. Give Me My Rapture
10. Did Ye Get Healed?
11. Allow Me

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If his albums are any indication, Van Morrison seems to have bounced between religions like a demented pinball. Amazingly, for a decade that saw the Belfast enigma explore Christianity and Scientology before returning, on Avalon Sunset, to Christianity, Poetic Champions Compose serves as a reminder that Van managed to even cram in an agnostic phase along the way. With this in mind, a desperately bleak version of the folk standard "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" lacerates the heartstrings. But the album shouldn't be assumed by any means to be a depressing affair. Three saxophone instrumentals, including the Miles Davis-influenced "Spanish Steps," lend a crisp Sunday morning feel to much of the proceedings, while "Queen of the Slipstream" and the live favorite "Did Ye Get Healed" suggest that, however bad the crisis of faith was (and the quite awesome preceding album No Guru, No Method, No Teacher suggests it was pretty bad), here is a man ultimately happy to find redemption in a love song.

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If his albums are any indication, Van Morrison seems to have bounced between religions like a demented pinball. Amazingly, for a decade that saw the Belfast enigma explore Christianity and Scientology before returning, on Avalon Sunset, to Christianity, Poetic Champions Compose serves as a reminder that Van managed to even cram in an agnostic phase along the way. With this in mind, a desperately bleak version of the folk standard "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" lacerates the heartstrings. But the album shouldn't be assumed by any means to be a depressing affair. Three saxophone instrumentals, including the Miles Davis-influenced "Spanish Steps," lend a crisp Sunday morning feel to much of the proceedings, while "Queen of the Slipstream" and the live favorite "Did Ye Get Healed" suggest that, however bad the crisis of faith was (and the quite awesome preceding album No Guru, No Method, No Teacher suggests it was pretty bad), here is a man ultimately happy to find redemption in a love song. --Peter Paphides

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Poetic Champions..." seems a great introduction to the "adult" Van Morrison.
Shannon Freeman
Somes like Queen of the Slipstream and I Forgot that Love Existed are great love songs, and Give Me My Rapture and Did Ye Get Healed?
Grigory's Girl
The music is very bluesy, mellow with lots of Sax and that blend of smooth and raspy voice.
angelB

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Rob on January 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Having just read several reviews of Poetic Champions Compose, Van Morrison's glorious 1987 recording, I felt the rare compulsion to share my own thoughts and feelings about the album. This happens to be for me a very special record. It was, in fact, the very first Van Morrison album I ever heard. This may not sound terribly signifigant, but given my current status as a hugely devoted fan, I assure you it is. It happened one day some eight years ago while perusing the cassette rack at my local public library (fittingly enough), when I came across the album at hand. I can't tell you what made me decide to check it out, as I'd never even heard of the man, but upon listening to it later that evening, I was very glad I did. In fact, it made such an intense and immediate impact on me that I would soon be going out to get one Van album after another, each time amazed to find yet another uniquely great collection of songs. Van Morrison, for those of you not familiar, is a vocalist, musician, and songwriter of truly rare talent and substance. He is unmatched in the "pop" music world with regard to his fluency in a wide range of musical genres, his prolific output of almost an album a year for more than thirty years, and the passion and sincerity which he exudes through every song he writes. And to think that before I stumbled onto Van that fateful day, I thought I knew all there was to know about good music. Hardly. Listening to Poetic Champions Compose, and later the two dozen or so other albums in his catalog, showed me just how good music can be (perhaps, especially when we turn off the radio). Music of this kind is so non-mainstream that it is almost like a secret, as Van himself is something of a secret.Read more ›
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When it comes to the music of Van Morrison and your a fan of his style, you almost can't go wrong. Alot of people just dont't dig Van's music and it's a shame. I think people don't like it because they are musically limited and frankly Van's style is just too darn urbane for alot of people. But enough of my preaching I don't agree with what alot of critics said about this 1987 release. They said that compared to "No Guru" from the previous year that this was a lackluster effort. Not neseccerily it just depends what style you like. This album has a smooth polished jazz and adult pop sound to it. Let us begin with "Spanish Steps" this saxophone instrumental is a quite dark and brooding opener for a Van album but it is relaxing like the other 2 instrumentals that follow."Next is The Mystery" that has a nice string arrangement it gives the song Van's special celtic touch. Following is Queen of the Slipstream, good song nice complex melody with nice harp and string arrangements. I forgot that love existed is a song that has a " radio friendly " sound to it the way the sax closes the song sounds cool I wish they would have played that part out longer. The only song I don't care for is "Motherless Child" it is just kind of brooding and too long. But Van really shows his talent on "Celtic Exscavation " a great sax instrumentatl" the ending is pretty moving you can even hear Van grunt at the end of it. I think "Someone like You" is my favorite song on the album (very emotional song) guys if this song doesn't turn a woman on I am not sure what music will. Allan Watts Blues is pretty cool it sounds like it also could have snagged some radio play.Read more ›
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By floyd on October 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This cd has been in my sound system for ten years, on and off. It simply refuses to grow old. I get withdrawal symptoms when I haven't heard it for a length of time. Beautiful, haunting, romantic, melodic...I do not command the vocabulary to describe the power of this cd.

I have nearly 900 cds in my collection. This is in the top three. This is a Desert Island Disc, for those of you who know what that is.

Beyond description. Beyond compare.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By PhiloX on April 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was a wedding photographer for many years & always tried to keep in touch with the DJ's. If the wedding was with an evangelical couple, this CD was normally played during the reception. This is one of Van's more happier & lighter CD's with love songs galore. Comes right after the more profound "No Guru, No Method, No Teacher" which gives a more quasi-Buddhist/Christian direct mystic appeal. Van Morrison always had the singing voice though very emotional & spiritual, can at times be rather rough & therefore many don't care for his songs. But this CD would be a good starting place to get use to his singing voice & enjoy the many styles & subject matters. Van is in top form with this CD, playing his beloved sax at times with a light jazz feel. Other songs are either R&B or straight ballad music. Try the "Listen to Samples" section, each of the songs are very good, the most famous song from the CD "Someone Like You" is not programmed for you to listen to. I gave this CD a "5" because the whole CD is good all the way through. I like other Van Morison CD's better, but their number would be off the chart.
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