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Wavelength [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Van MorrisonAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 1978
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B0010DJ1JW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kingdom Hall
2. Checkin' It Out
3. Natalia
4. Venice U.S.A.
5. Lifetimes
6. Wavelength
7. Santa Fe / Beautiful Obsession
8. Hungry For Your Love
9. Take It Where You Find It
10. Kingdom Hall
11. Wavelength

Editorial Reviews

2008 digitally remastered and expanded edition of Van's 1978 Wavelength - an upbeat, more R&B-influenced album with a punchy production slant. Two previously unreleased bonus tracks are 'Kingdom Hall' and 'Wavelength' (Live at the Roxy Theatre, L.A., Nov 26, 1978) This album was recorded at the Manor in Oxfordshire, the first album Morrison had recorded in the UK since Them. Features 'Santa Fe' a rare song-writing collaboration with Jackie DeShannon. Another noted song is 'Hungry For Your Love' from the 1982 blockbuster movie An Officer And A Gentleman. Includes original artwork and full lyrics to Van Morrison compositions. 11 tracks. Polydor/Universal.

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is the 3rd or even 4th re-issue on CD of "Wavelenght" (released originally on Warner Brothers Records in October 1978) and it's the best version to date.
(Can it really be 30 years since I played this record to death in a Dublin bedsit! Yikes!!)

Tracks 1 to 9 make up the original album with Tracks 10 and 11 being previously unreleased live versions of "Kingdom Hall" (the opener on Side 1 of the LP) and "Wavelenght" (the opener on Side 2 of the LP) recorded on the 26 November 1978 at the Roxy Theatre in L.A. Both tracks feature the same band as the album sessions with KATIE KISSOON adding backing vocals to a speeded up "Kingdom Hall". My heart always sinks when I see live tracks as bonus material on CDs - they're usually poorly recorded, not any better than the original and act as a cheap way of suckering fans into purchasing more of the same. But these live choices are not just apt; they're actually quite good - especially when the band let's rip on "Wavelenght". The recordings aren't exactly audiophile quality for sure, but they are as spirited as the audience's response.

The upgraded booklet contains all the lyrics, and the inner sleeve of the original album with all of its detailed session lists, but disappointingly there's no history of where the album fits in, no new liner notes, nor any photographs. Really could have done better here boys.

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 warm, full and very, very LOUD! Every instrument seems to be leaping out of the speakers and the effect is to make you almost double take on every single track.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece enhanced January 30, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Wavelength is a work of melodic rock and soul that ranks amongst Van Morrison ten best to this listener. The 1978 album has been enhanced by the addition of live versions of the title track and Kingdom Hall, recorded that same year at The Roxy in LA. The track Kingdom Hall is a full bodied rock song with a great hook and rousing vocals, Checkin' It Out a lilting mid-tempo ballad with baroque instrumental passages, Natalia a meandering love song.

Venice USA has a bouncy reggae rhythm, lovely organ and an addictive sing-along chorus, the slow ballad Lifetimes with its unusual instrumental mix is an extraordinary sonic experience whilst the title track with its handclaps and R&B vocals represents the artist at his most soulful. I love the guitar textures on Santa Fé/Beautiful Obsession, the brooding vocals on Hungry For Your Love and the intricate piano rolls on the mournful Take It Where You Find It, the most spiritual song here.

Because it is not experimental or any form of radical stylistic departure, Wavelength may not be considered a classic in the league of Astral Weeks, Moondance or Tupelo Honey, but it still deserves its five stars through and through. The two added tracks provide a window on Van at his live, atmospheric best. Other recent re-releases include A Sense of Wonder and the aforementioned Tupelo Honey both worth acquiring. These enhanced albums all include the lyrics and the original artwork.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those that grows and grows on you August 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This was pretty much sneered at in the British music press back in '78 when it was released. 'Too American' they wrote, 'Too MOR', 'Too mediocre'. Well there is nothing mediocre about an album that seems to sound better and even fresher than it did when it was made, 30 years later. It has such a warm and happy vibe to it and feels much lighter than his masterpiece albums of the era, and this has to be because at last the man was beginning to lighten up and not take the false and shallow music industry so seriously, following a pretty rankorous parting with his label and a solid 3 year exile from making music in the mid '70s.
A lovely and catchy album.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Morrison Returns To Ireland And Gets Down To It February 20, 2008
Format:Audio CD
WAVELENGTH was a great Van Morrison record after the spotty A PERIOD OF TRANSITION, bringing him back to the sound of classics as MOONDANCE and TUPELO HONEY after A PERIOD OF TRANSITION showed him trying to play straight soul, something he had trouble doing. The title song shows the feeling of being back where you belong after being away, even though much of his best work was produced while he was living near San Francisco, California. This album has gotten some unfair criticisms, but these were clearly undeserved, as this is a great album that's finally getting the remastering treatment it deserves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Addicting - Must Listen to Daily November 20, 2009
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Anyone who is a Van the Man FAN will truly love this CD. The talent this man possesss is extraordinary. I was only a pre-teen when I first started paying attention to Van Morrison, due mainly in fact of my oldest sister (10 yrs. older) - his soul of music has stayed with me, I have even reintroduce other pieces of his music material back to my sister whom says she had no idea of pieces of music he created. My recommendation is you will never go wrong with any Van the Man albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wavelength May 21, 2014
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars man i love this guy
a cd that has disappeared except from japan where it is pricey but worth it. "kingdom hall" is worth the price alone.
Published 15 months ago by Michael Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem
Although lightly regarded by most musical critics and by many fans of Van Morrison, this album is a favorite of mine. Read more
Published 21 months ago by R. H. Hollwedel
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad album, but certainly not a major item in the catalogue of...
The realisation that the majority of these songs features a synthesizer may come as a shock to some of Van Morrison's fans. Read more
Published on February 24, 2009 by Docendo Discimus
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Van's better albums, that's for sure
Despite my Van Fandom (and I am a Van Fan, lest anyone think otherwise - Astral Weeks, Moondance, Saint Dominic's Preview, Tupelo Honey and the criminally underrated Veedon Fleece... Read more
Published on September 4, 2008 by finulanu
3.0 out of 5 stars The usuual Van the Man
Typically Van Morrison, good music, hard to understand words. But at the price I was willing to try it. Read more
Published on May 9, 2008 by Joseph Engman
Polygram ceased production of its portion of Van-The-Man's catalog, resulting in 29 titles, two-thirds of his entire recorded output, remaining frustratingly unavailable for the... Read more
Published on April 1, 2008 by BOB
...Really without words! really a wonderful japanese reissue! In this time in SHM-CD, a new format, better than any other US reissue! buy this instead the US 2008 version! Read more
Published on April 1, 2008 by Rafael
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