"Moondance" is a popular song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and is the title song on his 1970 album Moondance.
Morrison did not release the song as a single until November 1977, seven and a half years after the album was released. It reached the Billboard Hot 100, charting at #92. The single's B-side, "Cold Wind in August" had been released in the same year, on his latest album at the time, A Period of Transition.
"Moondance" is the most frequently played song by Morrison in concert, as it is the only song known to have been played over a thousand times.
"Moondance" was recorded at the Mastertone Studio in New York City in August 1969, with Lewis Merenstein as producer.
The song is played mostly acoustic, anchored by a walking bass line (played on electric bass), with accompaniment by piano, guitar, saxophones, and flute with the instruments played with a soft jazz swing. It's a song about autumn, the composer's favorite season. Towards the end of the song, Morrison imitates a saxophone. The song also features a piano solo, played by Jeff Labes, which is immediately followed by an alto saxophone solo, by Jack Schroer.
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