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Saint Dominic's Preview [Original recording reissued]

Van MorrisonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B00000E9M2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
2. Gypsy
3. I Will Be There
4. Listen To The Lion
5. Saint Dominic's Preview
6. Redwood Tree
7. Almost Independence Day

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caledonia soul music February 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
It's impossible for me to be objective about Van Morrison and I'm not even gonna try. His music has meant more to me over the years than any other. This isn't my favorite Van Morrison album, Astral Weeks is, but I've chosen to review this one because I think it best represents the many facets of seventies era Van.The lesser tracks here are all pleasant Tupelo Honey style soft rock, and that ain't a bad thing, but the five star rating is based on four cuts that stand out even in the exceedingly high standard that Van has set in his thirty-plus year career. The first of these is the wonderful "Jackie Wilson Said" that finds an upbeat and jubilant Van scatting over cartwheeling horns, it should have been a massive hit. The title cut is a moving account of Van's life in the New World with the gospel overtones he uses like no other singer. This is a guy who could sing the Belfast phone book (and to the uninitiated it may sound like he is) and make it soulful and deep. Almost Independence Day returns Van to the long introspective tone poems of Astral Weeks and would be the standout cut on a great album were it not for the magnificent "Listen To The Lion". Uplifting, and heartbreaking at the same time, it lasts nearly ten minutes, and when it's over you'll want to hear it again. And then once more. It's simply the finest single song in this giant's considerable repetoire. Van confronts all his dreams, all his doubts and all of the tangled web of the celtic diaspora and emerges triumphant. Sound a little too heavy? No way. He has the gift of the true soul singer in his ability to make his soul searching his listener's as well. It's a gift, and Van Morrison gives it to anyone who wants it. And yes, that is heavy metal hero Ronnie Montrose strumming acoustic guitar behind the Man. He knows.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just beautiful January 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Is there a more perfect album than this from the rock era? I can't think of one. This album takes you on a journey. It is the most well-rounded LP of Van Morrison's career. Whereas most of his albums choose a specific genre to mine, this is one of the few that gives you a taste of his different favorite styles: Punchy AM-radio pop-soul (Jackie Wilson Said), a fabulous, no holds barred soul-blues number (I Will Be There), a gorgeous, sentimental hippie anthem (Redwood Tree), two rewarding and never boring stretch-out/space out explorations (Listen to the Lion, Independence Day), and to top it all off, one of his most affecting major compositions, in the title track. The remastering is terrific, putting Van's still-youthful, roaring voice up front. This album has the same air of mystery as Astral Weeks, but with a more solid grounding in classic musical forms, its a mystery you can hum and tap your toes to. This was Van's artistic peak, and it's a joy.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Van's Best! April 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album is classic Van Morrison. Van had an incredibly good run in the 60s and 70s, releasing his best five albums. These albums in chronilogical order are Astral Weeks, Moondance, His Band, Tupelo Honey and this album. All five of these albums are five star albums. This album ends that incredibly good run that few artists had. Buy all five of the mentioned albums.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his greatest February 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
For some reason, this is one of his lesser known works. However, it is comfortably one of the best - alongside Moondance and Astral Weeks. However, the cd remaster is pox. There is no bass. Zip,Zero. Nada. To qualify that comment, I am a bit of an audiophile, use great sounding components - Arcam, Plinius, Magneplanar - and have the album on vinyl. The vinyl sounds great - rich and warm. Why are there no decent remasters of such an important, revered and basically great artist?!?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This would be one of Van Morrison's top 5 albums. August 5, 1998
Format:Audio CD
After the astonishing first solo album "Astral Weeeks", Van Morrison's writing went through a very variable patch, where albums presented included traditional songs (Brown Eyed Girl) with more varied offerings (various tracks on Moondance and Tupelo Honey). St Dominic's Preview presents an assured hand at the end of this period, where the influence of the record industry has waned, and he has become his own man. Some small jazz influences (Jackie Wilson said) but the three sublime tracks on this LP are St Dominic's Preview, Listen to the Lion, and Independence Day. This is the peak of a journey started with "Madam George" on Astral Weeks. More assured, smoother, more approachable, voice somewhere near the widest range, great musicianship all combine into a small kind of perfection. After 25 years, in "St Dominic's Preview", the sound of the Irish immigrants approaching Ellis Island, and life in the New World is as powerful as ever.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This record is a thing of beauty May 31, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Once again a brilliant record from one of the greatest recording artists on earth. The range shown in these songs is stunning -- from romping ("Jackie Wilson Said") to short and very sweet ("Redwood Tree") -- to alluring ("Gypsy") -- to the show-stopper blues of "I Will Be There" -- to the three magnificent longer tracks, each tours-de-force that in many ways defy description. At least it can be said that these three works are the grand ruminations of an exile, or at least an expatriate, each with a character all its own. My personal favorite is "Listen to the Lion," one of my favorite tracks of all time on any record and an absolute glory--a completely captivating and transporting piece of work that has brought tears to my eyes on many occasions over the years. Then, though, the high standard of art set by "Lion" is actually met by the steadily burning fire in the heart of the operatic "Almost Independence Day" and by the sheer mastery, both musical and lyrical, of the title track. Folks, this album is without question the document of a genius.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome !
Published 4 days ago by tim miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen To The Lion
One of Van's best albums. Must be some contractual dispute between Van and music companies, because you cannot get this from iTunes. It may be out of print. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeffry Wilkinson
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
not what I expected
Published 1 month ago by pilgrim148
5.0 out of 5 stars " Great variety, from ruminative and mellow to soulful to ...
Several Van classics here, including the title track, the opening track, and "Redwood Tree." Great variety, from ruminative and mellow to soulful to dance-worthy.
Published 3 months ago by James Scruton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great. Timeless piece of work.
Listen to the Lion and Almost Independence Day are fantastic ! The raw talent and emotion combined with the age of the recording makes this a Van Morrison Masterpiece .
Published 5 months ago by Andrew Rodenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Radiance
I have a very soft spot in my heart for this great album; it was the first Van Morrison album that I ever bought or heard in its entirety. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Saint Dominic's Preview: Van Morrison
Classic Van Morrison! Great lyrics & music, Getting very hard to come by. Brings back old memories. Fantastic classic disk.
Published 16 months ago by Kurt K
5.0 out of 5 stars Of course I love it!
Wonderfully dated (early 70's), but still brilliant Van Morrison CD. I sew a bit and the longer tracks are kind of meditative, very helpful when I need to sit still finish a... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Abby
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
A hard to find album, but a classic.
This album is in my Van-Top-Five-List.
The band is tight.
Give it a listen!
Published 19 months ago by Patricia Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Irish Stew
Hard to find in stores, but available here. Morrison continues to blend the elements that influenced his maturing musicianship in Belfast: jazz, rhythm and blues, soul and rock... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Pete O
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