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Moondance (1970)

Artist: Van Morrison
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Format: CD
Sku: 254876128
UPC: 081227963637
UPC 14: 00081227963637
Release Date: 10/22/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. And It Stoned Me
2. Moondance
3. Crazy Love
4. Caravan
5. Into The Mystic
6. Come Running
7. These Dreams Of You
8. Brand New Day
9. Everyone
10. Glad Tidings
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Van Morrison (vocals, acoustic guitar); John Platania (guitar); Jack Shrorer (saxophone); Jeff Labes (keyboards); Garry Malabar (drums).
Muze PNote Personnel: Van Morrison (tambourine); Collin Tilton (flute, tenor saxophone); Jack Schroer (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Jeff Labes (piano, organ); Gary Malabar (vibraphone, drums); Guy Mason (conga drum).
Muze PNote Photographer: Elliott Landy.
Muze PNote It's unusual for a decade-defining record to come out in that decade's first year, but that was clearly the case with MOONDANCE. While it would have been one of the finest albums of any decade, it clearly marked a turning point both for Van Morrison and for rock as a whole. Coming after 1968's expansive, acoustic, jazz-inflected ASTRAL WEEKS, MOONDANCE marks a complete about-face: instead of looking inward to the depths of his soul, Van turned his gaze towards sunnier climes, offering up a seamless disc of tightly composed and arranged tunes brimming with warmth and energy.
Muze PNote Here the R&B influence that had been part of Morrison's tool kit since his days fronting Them truly came to the fore at last. "Crazy Love," "Caravan," and "Brand New Day" could have been covered by any great soul singer, even as they redefined "soul" through the filter of Morrison's eclectic sensibilities. An openhearted record full of truly inspirational moments, MOONDANCE is Van at the absolute top of his game, setting the pace for everyone else to follow. Nearly every song here is a stone-cold classic, and MOONDANCE has become embedded in the collective pop consciousness as one of the most important touchstones of its time.

Producer: Van Morrison

Engineer: Elliot Scheiner; Steve Friedberg; Neil Schwartz; Shelly Yakus; Tony May

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Judy Clay

Artist Overview

Van Morrison first came to notice as the powerful vocalist of the mid-1960s group Them ("Baby Please Don't Go," "Gloria"), and then with the solo hit "Brown-Eyed Girl." Morrison followed this success with two landmark albums, ASTRAL WEEKS and MOONDANCE, which masterfully combined folk, gospel, rock, and jazz. As complex a performer as any that rock & roll has produced, the soulful Irishman has produced numerous outstanding recordings in his long career, mixing his pensive and passionate R&B-inflected rock with a decidedly mystical bent.

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Sopranos
Muze Music Compilations Sopranos-Peppers & Eggs (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top 10 Through The Years: 60s Folk Years
Muze Music Compilations Reloaded-Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Genius Loves Company
Muze Music Compilations Vietnam War Years: vol 1
Muze Music Compilations 80
Muze Music Compilations Monster Music 123755-00 Monster Music® Ray Charles "Genius Loves Company" Music SuperDisc
Muze Music Compilations Essential Chieftains
Muze Music Compilations Hooker (Box) (Spkg)
Muze Music Compilations The Departed
Muze Music Compilations 50 Years:john Lee Hooker Anthology
Muze Music Compilations Singers Songwriters
Muze Music Compilations 60'S Music Revolution
Muze Music Compilations Romancing The 60S
Muze Music Compilations Last Waltz
Muze Music Compilations Pay The Devil (W/dvd) (Dlx)(w/ Bonus DVD)
Muze Music Compilations Musical History

Associated Artists and Works

Barber, Chris (1~Trombone)
Chieftains (The)
Fame, Georgie
Lewis, Linda G.
Lewis, Linda Gail
Original Soundtrack
Shorty (Georgie Fame)
Vitamin String Quartet

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/22/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1970
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 3103
Music Label Name Label : Warner Bros.
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00081227963637

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.113)
- Ranked #65 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...Songs such as the title track 'And It Stoned Me' and 'Caravan' felt like a lucid dream..."

Rolling Stone (3/19/70, p.47)
- "...MOONDANCE is an album of musical invention and lyrical confidence....this one will be immensely popular..."

Vibe (12/99, p.160)
- Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century

Q (Magazine)
(p.140)
- "[A] single, flowing, perfectly programmed suite of songs, with 'Into The Mystic' its majestic centrepiece."

NME (Magazine)
(9/18/93, p.19)
- Ranked #17 in NME's list of The Greatest Albums Of The '70s.

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Morrison,Van
Product attributeLabel:   Warner/reprise/maverick
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