12 Songs, 1 Hour 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s never been anything like Astral Weeks—not before or since. Parting with the straightforward, R&B-based rock of his past, a young Van Morrison embraced his love of jazz, blues, folk, and poetry all at once. The thrillingly transcendent journey finds him mixing bittersweet childhood memories and in-the-moment reveries like a folk-rock James Joyce. His soulful voice soars over a constantly shifting, almost impressionistic landscape of fluid, jazzy lines, gentle strumming, and shimmering orchestrations. The magic Morrison created here is as otherworldly as the title suggests.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s never been anything like Astral Weeks—not before or since. Parting with the straightforward, R&B-based rock of his past, a young Van Morrison embraced his love of jazz, blues, folk, and poetry all at once. The thrillingly transcendent journey finds him mixing bittersweet childhood memories and in-the-moment reveries like a folk-rock James Joyce. His soulful voice soars over a constantly shifting, almost impressionistic landscape of fluid, jazzy lines, gentle strumming, and shimmering orchestrations. The magic Morrison created here is as otherworldly as the title suggests.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

siredwardross ,

Candescent Cool

Time has only confirmed that this album -- the poetry, the jazz-infused folk -- is on such a higher plane of consciousness that it is candescent cool... let your mind travel in the glow. Extraordinary in 1968, and still today!

Ozman ,

Van the Man’s masterpiece

Van has had many hit songs on albums that are mixed in with some mediocre songs, but this album is a complete masterful piece of art. For some Van is like coffee or beer; he is an acquired taste that grows on you with each listen. It is soul, R&B, folk, Celtic and rock all mixed together with a mellow semi-skat style of improvising. Here his vocals are similar to one instrument featured among many others like Mozarts Adagio from Serenade for Thirteen Winds.
I am always amazed at reviewers who mock artists because they don’t fit their taste. Van is unique and unlike any other artist. Have you ever heard any reputable artist try and cover his songs? They don’t because you can’t! His phrasing and tone are his and his alone. He isn’t for everyone, but if you like R&B and unique improvisational music then try Astral Weeks.

Mussle ,

Great Album, but this is a something of a letdown

It’s nice to have a remastered Astral Weeks. But the four extras don’t add a thing. It’s obvious why they are outtakes. Listen to them once, if you can, and then leave them in your collection. The long-awaited jam on Slim Slow Slider is kinda dumb.

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