Quoted, recommended and worshipped by the critics for over 30 years, this underground masterpiece has now become part of the establishment. It cries out to be listened to without interruption, which may explain why it failed to reach either the UK or US charts. It wanders and weaves, repeating themes and lyrics as if one song, yet we never tire of ‘gardens wet with rain’, ‘champagne eyes’ or the wonder of how Van Morrison can make a place like Ladbroke Grove seem so hauntingly evocative. The record is also a great educator in opening our eyes beyond pop to soul and jazz, and although Morrison continues to return to its themes time and time again, this is his core.
Tracks: Astral Weeks; Beside You; Sweet Thing; Cyprus Avenue; Young Lovers Do; Madame George; Ballerina; Slim Slow Slider....