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By John Milward

Van Morrison went a long way towards defining his wild Irish heart with his first two classic albums: the brooding, introspective Astral Weeks (1968), and the expansive, swinging Moondance. If the first was the work of a poet, its sequel was the statement of a musician and bandleader. Moondance is that rare rock album where the band has buffed the arrangements to perfection, and where the sax solos instead of the guitar. The band puts out a jazzy shuffle on "Moondance" and plays it soulful on "These Dreams of You." The album includes both Morrison's most romantic ballad ("Crazy Love") and his most haunting ("Into the Mystic"). "And It Stoned Me" rolled off Morrison's tongue like a favorite fable, while "Caravan" told a tale full of emotional intrigue. Moondance stood out in the rock world of 1970 like a grownup in a kiddie matinee.

1. And It Stoned Me6. Come Running
2. Moondance7. These Dreams of You
3. Crazy Love8. Brand New Day
4. Caravan9. Everyone
5. Into the Mystic10. Glad Tidings


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"Van Morrison's Moondance includes one of the best opening songs of the Super70s. "And it Stoned Me" is exactly the link between the poetry of the previous Astral Weeks and the well-crafted and sublime rock music of Moondance. Every single song that follows does not seem as a result a rejection of the imagery depicted in Astral weeks, but simply a continuation of his music on another plan. Besides, the evidence that he has not redically changed his way of doing music is the beautiful Into the mystic that surely would not be out of place if it had appeared in the previous album. The rest provide us a wonderful overall picture of what is Morrison's music: a mix of rock (Caravan, Come running to me), folk (the title-track), jazz (Moondance), and soul (These dreams of you) that, at least in this album, but also in many other, reach its highest moments and never runs the risk of appearing confusing and purposeless. Few other albums in rock history can boast such a perfection in songwriting and performance: the result is that you can listen to this LP a hundreds of times and never be tired of it, which is undoubtfully alone a reason to have it in the first place."


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Artist: Van Morrison

Released: February 28, 1970

Availability: CD, Vinyl


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