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Too Long in Exile

Van MorrisonAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 8, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: June 8, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000001E32
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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1. Too Long In Exile
2. Big Time Operators
3. Lonley Avenue
4. Ball & Chain
5. In The Forest
6. Till We Get The Healng Done
7. Gloria
8. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
9. Wasted Years
10. The Lonesome Road
11. Moody's Mood For Love
12. Close Enough For Jazz
13. Before The World Was Made
14. I'll Take Care Of You
15. Instrumental / Tell Me What I Want

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect "get you out of your present mood" music June 22, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I got into this album during my post college depression and while dealing with breaking up with my girlfriend. It made me laugh (Van does some crazy stuff with his voice in "In the Forest" that made me laugh so hard i had to keep replaying it, cry (his duet with John Lee Hooker on "Wasted Years" will make anyone contemplate their life, and get inspired (if "Till We Get the Healing Done" doesn't make you want to make a change nothing will. Don't buy this album if you can't turn it up loud, you need to allow the soul to enter you body and get the healing started. Might as well buy "The Healing Game" also.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A recording which needs to be re-evaluated. December 9, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Recently, I began listening to Van Morrison's Too Long in Exile after a long period of time away from Van the Man. The songs had new meaning and seemed to speak in a different way from what I remembered when the disc was first released. The timeless blues rifts seemed to have more meaning and the quality of the recording have made this release stand the test of time. Van's later works should be as fine as this one. The highlight of the CD is an excellent interp. of Lonely Ave., the Doc Pomus classic from the late 50's.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just plain a great album July 25, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
You cannot help but like this album. The title track is like the Peter Gunn Theme: you could do it a million different ways, but somehow the original is the best. "Ball and Chain" is superb. "Till we get the Healing Done" should be on anybody's meditation list. So many other songs on this album are good, it is hard to describe their appeal -- they span so many styles. This album is also one of the best deals in music today -- 15 good tunes on one CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very personal album, and one of Van's best. September 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I heartily agree with all the other reviewers who believe this is one of Van Morrison's best efforts. This seems to be a result of several different factors coming together, including the duet with John Lee Hooker on the old 'Them' hit, 'Gloria'; his rendition of Sonny Boy Williamson's 'Good Morning Little Schoolgirl', and the early cuts such as 'Too Long in Exile' and 'Big Time Operators', which seem highly autobiographical. Van's vocal stylings are not distinctly better than on other albums, but there may just be a tad more soulfulness on these songs reflecting his own life. There are very few 'pop' figures for which I have any interest in reading their biographies, but the Morrisons, Jim and Van, seem to have more than typically interesting lives. This is better than the later 'The Healing Game' and clearly better than 'Wavelength', both of which I have recently reviewed.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Van's Best February 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
In some of my other reviews of Van Morrison recordings, Too Long In Exile has served as a point of comparison, but for some reason I never got around to reviewing the CD itself.
I bought this on cassette way back when it was issued but hadn't listened to it for years until I recently bought it on CD. When I shoved it in the CD player, it brought forth a flood of memories.
When originally released, the big selling point was a couple of duets Van did with his long time idol John Lee Hooker. I am going to go against the general positive commentary on the results of their collaboration. I think both songs they did together pollute and dilute the CD both musically and in spirit. Gloria was lame and commercial in the original and the insertion of Hooker into the remake made it worse. Wasted Years is in fact a waste of vinyl.
It is the strength of most of the other material which makes Too Long In Exile one of Van's best despite the aforementioned duets. Highlights are Big-Time Operators, his rant against those who tried to cheat him in the music business; a heartfelt version of the 50s classic Lonely Avenue; Van's surrender to love on Ball and Chain; an excellent bluesy rendition of Good Morning Little Schoolgirl; the jazzy vocal expression on Lonesome Road and Moody's Mood For Love; and the soulful I'll Take Care of You which segues with a dreamy instrumental interlude into the finale.
There are not enough superlatives in the lexicon to describe how good this CD is when you disregard the Morrison/Hooker duets. Too Long In Exile sets the bar high and indeed Morrison will not issue another CD of this quality for 10 years until the issue of Down the Road.
If you are an old fan of Van Morrison who has somehow missed this, don't miss it for another day. If you are new to Morrison's music and are reading this out of curiosity, why not start with this? Neither of you will be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth finding October 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This 1993 album from Van Morrison is a great mix of Blues, Jazz and R&B influences. The man himself is in great vocal form throughout the album.

There are a few weak tracks, noteably the duet with John Lee Hooker on Gloria which just doesn't work. I love JLH but his singing on this just seems completely out of place. So it would have been better with 2 or 3 songs less. However that aside its a fine collection of songs with Van Morrison demonstrating his musicianship (Guitar, Alto Sax and Harmonica), song-writing, and his ability to put his own stamp on other peoples songs as well.

The supporting band includes Georgie Fame on Hammond Organ and backing vocals. Hopefully this will get another release in due course, but in the meantime if you like Van the Man this is well worth hunting out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars not my favorite but good sound
long time morrison fan since "Gloria", not my favorite but good sound..
Published 7 days ago by carl g
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it!
Published 2 months ago by Olga Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Too long in exile....Van Morrison
Great cd from Van.
Published 4 months ago by Paul Yacobellis
3.0 out of 5 stars One of his weakest
One of his weakest, too much jazz noodling and meandering. Only "Gloria" and "Wasted Years" (both with John Lee Hooker) and "Ball and Chain" are memorable
Published 11 months ago by Daniel W. Bleier
5.0 out of 5 stars middle period van at his best
From the line up of folks working with Van here, it looks as if he was getting ready for the concerts some of which were eventually released as "Live in San Francisco. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Morrison the best
I like Van Morrison and I am old school so this music is right up my alley. I would recommend this to my friends who are also old timers.
Published 14 months ago by Mama Dee
4.0 out of 5 stars Great service for a great CD
I was actually looking for mp3's for this album but surprising they were hard to find. It worked out alright because I bought the CD combined with shipping it was still cheaper... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
Van Morrison is my favorite of all artist new and old, he is timeless and keeps bringing it on...his style is every style and all done with perfection, and he always manages to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dawn Yonaitis
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice cool Jazzy
I felt good and appreciate Van and his words.if you are In a contemplative state he fills your mind with thought and sounds.
Published 16 months ago by James J. Reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Morrison's exile into the blues
15 tracks of which 12 deliver. I agree with the reviewer who notes this is as close to blues as Van Morrison gets. Read more
Published 17 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
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