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Saint Dominic's Flashback: Van Morrison's Classic Album, Forty Years On [Kindle Edition]

Peter Wrench
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Book Description

Van Morrison is a unique talent: one of the finest and most distinctive vocalists in rock music. He is notorious for his impatience with journalists and analysis, for his grumpiness and his unpredictability – veering constantly between the good, bad and utterly extraordinary across half a century in the business…

How best to get a handle on him? At the this point in his career a deep dive into some of the specifics can be more illuminating than an overview that skates across the surface.

Now, forty years after the release of his classic album Saint Dominic's Preview, comes an in-depth look at its 42 minutes of music and how they were put together. Drawing heavily on the memories of the musicians and technicians who made the record, the book shines a spotlight on Morrison's art and his working methods – and provides a fascinating perspective on the wider music scene of the early seventies.

This is a record that deserves detailed attention. It is one of Van’s most satisfying and wide-ranging collections with a succession of amazing tracks – from the focused drive of ‘Jackie Wilson Said,’ through the glorious emotional workout that is ‘Listen To The Lion’, to the synthesiser-rich tone-poem ‘Almost Independence Day’.

And there are some great stories about how it came to be made: from the hirings and firings to amazing flashes of creativity – with walk-on parts for everybody from Bob Dylan and the Band to Lee Michaels’ cheetahs. This is a book for anyone with an interest in Van Morrison’s music.

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  • File Size: 337 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Publisher: FeedARead; 1 edition (September 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jewel in the rough ,don't miss it. April 8, 2013
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A wonderful review of one of the most overlooked albums of all time. Get your Van on, if you love getting deeper into the music this is the ticket. I am very lucky to have found this work, I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Van fans will enjoy January 22, 2013
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Very entertaining read about the making of a classic Van album and interesting background of his life and times during that period
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for the devoted Van fan November 25, 2014
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Perhaps a little 'TMI' (too much information), but as a tried and true 'Vanaddict' I enjoyed reading about Van's creative process.

There was a little Rolling Stone (the magazine) pomposity here, but overall it reminded me of how special it was to see Van flying and taking vocal risks that other artists would be afraid to do. I saw him at the Lion's Share a couple of times in the early 70s...Sometimes it worked and other times it was a train wreck. You still had to be amazed at his fearlessness as a writer and singer.

Michael Chapman (November 2014)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars October 8, 2014
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A great read on the making of great album - a must for all devoted Van fans.
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More About the Author

Peter lives on the south coast of England. He is co-owner of the Tom Thumb Theatre in Margate and of a labradoodle called Douglas. He has written a lot of things in the past - including songs, plays and policy papers - and currently has a twin focus on fiction and music criticism.

Saint Dominic's Flashback takes a close look at Van Morrison by exploring the making and music of Saint Dominic's Preview, his classic album from 1972. The book sets the record in a wider context, drawing heavily on the memories of the musicians and technicians who worked on it.

Peter also blogs about music and related issues at Eden On The Line (, where he can be contacted.

He is currently reworking his Mr Phigg books. Children's fantasies with twisted plots and plenty of humour: secret doorways, magical friends and talking animals, all firmly grounded in the 21st century.

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