Almost Independence Day

Almost Independence Day (Van Morrison)

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"Almost Independence Day" is the closing song on Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison's 1972 album Saint Dominic's Preview. The song is ten minutes long and features Morrison trading guitar licks with Ron Elliott.

"Almost Independence Day" was recorded during the late winter and spring sessions at the Wally Heider Studios and/or the Pacific High Studios, San Francisco, California for Saint Dominic's Preview in 1972.

The song is written in a stream of consciousness style of writing and was recorded live except for one high part on a moog synthesizer (played by Bernie Krause of "Space Odyssey" with The Byrds fame). Morrison said he had "asked Krause to do this thing of Chinatown and then come in with the high part because I was thinking of dragons and fireworks." It has been said to be a sequel to "Madame George", although Morrison has said that was not his concept.

In a 1984 interview, Morrison recalls that he took a cue for the first line from the following incident:

I picked up the phone and the operator said, "You have a phone call from Oregon. It's Mister So-and-So." It was a guy from the group Them. And then there was nobody on the other end. So out of that I started...


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