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Tupelo Honey

Van MorrisonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B00000E9M0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wild Night
2. (Straight to Your Heart) Like a Cannonball
3. Old Old Woodstock
4. Starting a New Life
5. You're My Woman
6. Tupelo Honey
7. I Wanna Roo You [Scottish Derivative]
8. When That Evening Sun Goes Down
9. Moonshine Whiskey

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Splendid Early Effort By Van The Man! August 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a classic and very popular effort by a young Van Morrison at the apex of his earlier phase in the late sixties and early seventies. There are a number of timeless songs here, including the title cut of "Tupelo Honey", the original version of "Wild Night", later covered quite well by John Cougar Mellencamp, and also "Like A Cannonball". My own personal favorites include both "I Want To Roo You", a lovely traditional Irish love song, and "Old Woodstock", referring to his time spent living in the small and now very touristy Woodstock, Vermont, while he lived here in the states for a number of years. It is an elegiac, evocative, and haunting recollection of life lived on the outskirts of conventional life, a man flirting with a countercultural lifestyle, and lovingly extolling the virtues of a simple life well lived. For all his fabled success and uncounted millions, Morrison has never forgotten his humble origins or the ordinary life most people live. This is a terrific album, and one that is most representative of his early work and unforgettable voice and musicianship. Enjoy this one
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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This is the 3rd or even 4th re-issue on CD of "Tupelo Honey" (released originally on Warner Brothers in November 1971) and it's probably the best version to date.

Tracks 1 to 9 make up the original album with Track 10 and 11 being previously unreleased - an Alternate Take of "Wild Night" and a cover version of an old Traditional, "Down By The Riverside". I must say that both bonus tracks are excellent and not at all throwaway crap designed to sucker in punters (as some had feared). The upgraded booklet contains all the lyrics, but disappointingly no history of where the album fits in. The photo of Van, Lady and Horse originally featured on the LP inner gatefold is faithfully reproduced as the booklet centrepiece - a nice touch. There's band and production credits - and even lyrics for the two bonus tracks.

But the best bit is the SOUND. The original analogue master tapes have been 96K/24 Bit digitally remastered by Tim Young at Metropolis Mastering in London for this 28 January 2008 release - and the sound is just beautiful - and that's for almost every track. I say this because, I've had the 1998 remasters for a while and always thought they were `too' loud and `hissy' for comfort. Don't get me wrong, there is unfortunately still audible hiss on the gorgeous "Tupelo Honey" and "You're My Woman" (two on the best on here) but not `too' much to detract. Those without hiss are just unbelievably good. The punch out of them! From the album opener "Wild Night" to "When That Evening Sun Goes Down" - the band might as well be in your living room - it's that vibrant and alive! The session men put in a blinder too - fantastic brass work by Jack Schroer and Luis Gasca on "Wild Night" with equally superb piano touches from Mark Jordan on "When That Evening Sun Goes Down".
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Morrison goes country May 3, 2000
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Many people are familiar with "Wild Night" the hit single from "Tupelo Honey" that was inexplicably covered by John Mellencamp a few years ago. Be forewarned, from there Morrison spends much of the rest of the album evoking the sounds of rural America, climaxing with "Moonshine Whiskey," which extolls the virtues of "southern love...deep in the heart of Texas." There are some great songs here, none sweeter that the title track, which has recently been used in several films. Overall, a solid effort from a master artist.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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The expanded, remastered edition of Van Morrison's TUPELO HONEY is an exceptional version of what was already a great album. Morrison continues his spiritual quest after a jaunty beginning with the carefree R&B rocker "Wild Night", with several songs taking on an almost gospel-y quality; however, even these are so general in their spirituality that even a young Jewish guy like me can identify with them. The most masterful song on here is the title cut, a mystical love song featuring Modern Jazz Quartet percussionist Connie Kay, who'd played on ASTRAL WEEKS, on drums. In this age of punk rock and emocore, it's great to have a true classic back in print.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Purchased on a friend's recommendation, I was somewhat skeptical on how this album can be different from other Van Morrison albums, but I have to say I am pleasantly surprised. Not only am I shocked that the song Tupelo Honey has not found its way onto any "greatest hits" compilation albums, it perhaps ranks up there with "Into the Mystic" in terms of a classic soul and song. This album has a country flavor to it, but not overbearing. Songs such as When That Evening Sun Goes Down and I Wanna Roo You have the country bent to it. You're My Woman is a great love song that ranks up there with Crazy Love off of "Moondance."
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting, Joyful, and Romantic December 21, 2005
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I bought Tupelo Honey on vinyl back when it was first issued and got years of enjoyment listening to it. Then as time passed, other music became more immediate, and Tupelo Honey languished in my record cabinet. But then in the last couple of years, Van Morrison or his record company decided to remaster and reissue some of his back catalogue, so I jumped at the chance to get this on CD at a very good price.

Tupelo Honey should appeal to anyone who likes Van Morrison on any level. Not only are the songs more "accessible" than much of his later work, the fact that he was still in love at the time this was issued shines through in the music. The tone from start to finish is uplifting, joyful, and romantic.

Those who listened to Top 40 in the early 70s will immediately recognize Wild Night. While good, it is far from the best song on the album. I like the entire recording, but my favorites are the jaunty (Straight to Your Heart) Like A Cannon Ball, Starting A New Life, the loving You're My Woman, and the anticipatory romance of When That Evening Sun Goes Down.

Of all Van Morrison's albums, Tupelo Honey is about as close to Southern music as he gets. It finds Van at the peak of the second period of his solo career. If you like a little romance and a lot of soul, then you should own this if you don't already.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the album that made me fall in love with Van Morrison
This is the album that made me fall in love with Van Morrison. It's got soul and I never ever get tired of hearing it. Especially Tupelo Honey. My grown sons also like it. Read more
Published 8 days ago by carmenmiranda
5.0 out of 5 stars nothing like Van Morrison
Aaaaaaaaaahhhhh, nothing like Van Morrison!
Published 1 month ago by Ellen Ersted
1.0 out of 5 stars Think i got Robbed.
Waste of Money. Damaged cassete. Only half the songs play, other half sound like nails on a chalkboard. Shouldve saved my money!
Published 2 months ago by richard
5.0 out of 5 stars But I don't like Van Morrison
Yes, I know, it's sacrilegious to say that, a woman my age. But I heard the song performed live and fell in love. Perhaps I can learn.
Published 4 months ago by moonwomanone
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
VERY GOOD LOVE IT
Published 5 months ago by rocky austin
5.0 out of 5 stars My friend loved his gift.
The product came as described and promptly.
I had not heard this particular recording until my friend requested it.
I really enjoyed the CD as much as he did. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mary Ann Torina
3.0 out of 5 stars Great album, questionable shipping.
I like this album and was happy to be able to find it online.

Unfortunately, the album arrived in a smashed box and had a slight warp that did not affect playing.
Published 8 months ago by William Ryan Berger
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone says this is a "Classic"... well, because it is!
Always interested in exploring Van Morrison beyond his "Moondance" CD. Have always loved the song "Tupelo Honey" and couldn't believe it wasn't on a simple... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Thomas Garner
5.0 out of 5 stars Van the Man
This is exactly what I wanted to have in my care for the many days of being in rush hour traffice.
Published 8 months ago by Judith Grissom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great musician
Van was ahead of his time. Great 60s music. Easy listening. My wife wanted this. I love this era of music. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul Cooper
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What is the meaning of the song Tupelo Honey
Maybe I'm wrong, but I always thought that "she" was freedom. Freedom is as sweet as tupelo honey. "All the tea in China dumped into the deep blue sea" ala Boston Tea Party. "Men with insight--men in granite" as in Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt in... Read More
Apr 17, 2009 by R. Taylor |  See all 16 posts
"Madame George" and violins
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jylIDYMws-g

must be on one of his live cd's
Jan 19, 2012 by icecube |  See all 2 posts
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