(2013) Moondance

Van Morrison

... read moreThe yang to Astral Weeks' yin, the brilliant Moondance is every bit as much a classic as its predecessor; Van Morrison's first commercially successful solo effort, it retains the previous album's deeply spiritual thrust but transcends its bleak, cathartic intensity to instead explore themes of...

01:30′:09″ 21 Songs

Disk 1

1
And It Stoned Me (2013 Remaster)
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4:30
2
Moondance (2013 Remaster)
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4:34
3
Crazy Love (2013 Remaster)
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2:34
4
Caravan (2013 Remaster)
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4:57
5
Into The Mystic (2013 Remaster)
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3:28
6
Come Running (2013 Remaster)
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2:30
7
These Dreams Of You (2013 Remaster)
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3:50
8
Brand New Day (2013 Remaster)
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5:09
9
Everyone (2013 Remaster)
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3:31
10
Glad Tidings (2013 Remaster)
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3:13

Disk 2

1
Caravan (Take 4)
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5:50
2
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out (Outtake)
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3:25
3
Into The Mystic (Take 11)
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4:02
4
Brand New Day (Take 3)
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5:22
5
Glad Tidings (Alternate Version)
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3:39
6
Come Running (Take 2)
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4:36
7
Crazy Love (Mono) [2013 Remaster] (Mono; 2013 Remaster)
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2:37
8
These Dreams Of You (Alternate Version)
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4:00
9
Moondance (Take 22)
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4:48
10
I Shall Sing (Take 7) [Edit] (Take 7; Edit)
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3:11
11
I've Been Working (Early Version) [Take 5] (Early Version; Take 5)
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10:23
Released 18 October 2013, 2013 Warner Records Inc.

Review

The yang to Astral Weeks' yin, the brilliant Moondance is every bit as much a classic as its predecessor; Van Morrison's first commercially successful solo effort, it retains the previous album's deeply spiritual thrust but transcends its bleak, cathartic intensity to instead explore themes of renewal and redemption. Light, soulful, and jazzy, Moondance opens with the sweetly nostalgic "And It Stoned Me," the song's pastoral imagery establishing the dominant lyrical motif recurring throughout the album -- virtually every track exults in natural wonder, whether it's the nocturnal magic celebrated by the title cut or the unlimited promise offered in "Brand New Day." At the heart of the record is "Caravan," an incantatory ode to the power of radio; equally stirring is the majestic "Into the Mystic," a song of such elemental beauty and grace as to stand as arguably the quintessential Morrison moment. ~ Jason Ankeny