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Poetic Champions Compose

Reissued, Remastered

4.6 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews

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Poetic Champions Compose

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If his albums are any indication, Van Morrison seems to have bounced between religions like a demented pinball. Amazingly, for a decade that saw the Belfast enigma explore Christianity and Scientology before returning, on Avalon Sunset, to Christianity, Poetic Champions Compose serves as a reminder that Van managed to even cram in an agnostic phase along the way. With this in mind, a desperately bleak version of the folk standard "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" lacerates the heartstrings. But the album shouldn't be assumed by any means to be a depressing affair. Three saxophone instrumentals, including the Miles Davis-influenced "Spanish Steps," lend a crisp Sunday morning feel to much of the proceedings, while "Queen of the Slipstream" and the live favorite "Did Ye Get Healed" suggest that, however bad the crisis of faith was (and the quite awesome preceding album No Guru, No Method, No Teacher suggests it was pretty bad), here is a man ultimately happy to find redemption in a love song. --Peter Paphides

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Spanish Steps
  2. The Mystery
  3. Queen Of The Slipstream
  4. I Forgot Love Existed
  5. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
  6. Celtic Excavation
  7. Someone Like You
  8. Alan Watts Blues
  9. Give Me My Rapture
  10. Did Ye Get Healed?
  11. Allow Me


Product details

  • Audio CD (July 14, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000009DDN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,732 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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