Wed, August 20, 9pm EDT - 'Moondance' by Van Morrison

I have to admit that when I first heard this album I didn't like it. Now I look back and wonder "What the heck was I thinking?". This album is a masterpiece by the king of cool himself.  If you put some if these slow songs into someone else's hands they might just come off as cheesy or sappy. But in the hands of a master, they come through with passion, brilliance and purity.

This album was released way back in February of 1970. 34 years later we'll take a spin and discover the intimate world Van Morrison paints so vividly for us.  Join "Album Night" on Wednesday, August 20 at 9pm EDT for a chance to share your thoughts and reflections on this gem. See you then!

29 comments

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock NY

    Quick reminder for tonight's listening experience: Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser so you can see all the comments as they are posted. Thanks and Happy Listening to all!

    Quick reminder for tonight's listening experience:
    Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser so you can see all the comments as they are posted.

    Thanks and Happy Listening to all!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Fyi- Here's a site that has the lyrics for Moondance, if you want to follow along lyrically: http://www.metrolyrics.com/van-morrison-albums-list-12.html

    Fyi- Here's a site that has the lyrics for Moondance, if you want to follow along lyrically:
    http://www.metrolyrics.com/van-morrison-albums-list-12.html

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    hi. i have a lot of great memories attached to this album. can't wait to listen!!!!!!!

    hi. i have a lot of great memories attached to this album. can't wait to listen!!!!!!!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Hi Sarah. Glad you could join. I've been eagerly awaiting this one too! Anyone else out there?

    Hi Sarah. Glad you could join. I've been eagerly awaiting this one too! Anyone else out there?

  • Paul

    Paul MA

    Hey Guys. This is my first album night. Love this album too. Can't wait to hear everyone's thoughts

    Hey Guys. This is my first album night. Love this album too. Can't wait to hear everyone's thoughts

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Album Night officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Moondance' by Van Morrison. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

    Album Night officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Moondance' by Van Morrison. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

  • John T

    John T NY

    After Astral Weeks Van moved to rural Woodstock and made Moondance. The opening song is a perfect way for him to let us know how he is experiencing nature, his boyhood memories and his sense of wonder living in this bucolic atmosphere. He sings "Oh the water let it run all over me" and you almost can feel the water on yourself. A great way to open the album and to prepare you for the themes and songs to come. Perfect.

    After Astral Weeks Van moved to rural Woodstock and made Moondance. The opening song is a perfect way for him to let us know how he is experiencing nature, his boyhood memories and his sense of wonder living in this bucolic atmosphere. He sings "Oh the water let it run all over me" and you almost can feel the water on yourself. A great way to open the album and to prepare you for the themes and songs to come. Perfect.

  • John T

    John T NY

    A real jazzy feel to Moondance - piano, sax, flute adds a different texture compared to the opener. Did he actually invent the term Moondance on this album?

    A real jazzy feel to Moondance - piano, sax, flute adds a different texture compared to the opener. Did he actually invent the term Moondance on this album?

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yeah. I totally agree. It's a perfect way to start the album. I'm so-so on the follow up, 'Moondance'. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I don't. But I do love the bass line in it. Very active to say the least

    Yeah. I totally agree. It's a perfect way to start the album. I'm so-so on the follow up, 'Moondance'. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I don't. But I do love the bass line in it. Very active to say the least

  • Steve P

    Steve P Jacksonville

    Just joined in. Funny each of the first three songs are so different in tempo but they all have such a mellow feel to them you don't notice the difference.

    Just joined in. Funny each of the first three songs are so different in tempo but they all have such a mellow feel to them you don't notice the difference.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Hmmm. That's a great question. Something tells me the term Moondance existed before, but maybe not in writing.

    Hmmm. That's a great question. Something tells me the term Moondance existed before, but maybe not in writing.

  • John T

    John T NY

    Ok Caravan just kicked in. My first response having listened to it for so many years is to immediately "turn it up" louder.

    Ok Caravan just kicked in. My first response having listened to it for so many years is to immediately "turn it up" louder.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "turn up the radio"... the song definitely insists on being turned up Love the kind of call and response he does with the band on this one (Caravan) too

    "turn up the radio"... the song definitely insists on being turned up
    Love the kind of call and response he does with the band on this one (Caravan) too

  • John T

    John T NY

    Van sings Caravan on the Band's Last Waltz movie. It is the highlight of the concert if you haven't seen it.

    Van sings Caravan on the Band's Last Waltz movie. It is the highlight of the concert if you haven't seen it.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    By the way, here's some interesting stuff I dug up on the rock n roll hall of fame site regarding Moondance: "Reflecting on that change in a 1986 interview, Morrison acknowledged that Astral Weeks “was a success, musically and creatively, but at the same time I was starving. So, the next album, I realized, I’d have to do something that is sort of like rock, because otherwise I’m gonna starve.” http://rockhall.com/inductees/van-morrison/bio/#sthash.saA8cNa8.dpuf"

    By the way, here's some interesting stuff I dug up on the rock n roll hall of fame site regarding Moondance:
    "Reflecting on that change in a 1986 interview, Morrison acknowledged that Astral Weeks “was a success, musically and creatively, but at the same time I was starving. So, the next album, I realized, I’d have to do something that is sort of like rock, because otherwise I’m gonna starve.”
    http://rockhall.com/inductees/van-morrison/bio/#sthash.saA8cNa8.dpuf"

  • John T

    John T NY

    I always thought Caravan should have ended the first side and Into the Mystic should have closed the album. I know nitpicking but the two songs are so perfect you wanted to save hearing them as long as possible.

    I always thought Caravan should have ended the first side and Into the Mystic should have closed the album. I know nitpicking but the two songs are so perfect you wanted to save hearing them as long as possible.

  • John T

    John T NY

    Interesting comment on Astral Weeks which has gotten easier to listen to over the years but back then it was definitely radically artistic so to speak.

    Interesting comment on Astral Weeks which has gotten easier to listen to over the years but back then it was definitely radically artistic so to speak.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Interesting. I guess I never thought about it because I don't have it on vinyl. Could be a good idea though. The transition to 'Come Running' could potentially be a bit smoother, in my opinion. Into the Mystic is probably my favorite track on the album and 'Come Running' doesn't really give you the chance to stay in that world any longer because it's so different

    Interesting. I guess I never thought about it because I don't have it on vinyl. Could be a good idea though. The transition to 'Come Running' could potentially be a bit smoother, in my opinion. Into the Mystic is probably my favorite track on the album and 'Come Running' doesn't really give you the chance to stay in that world any longer because it's so different

  • Steve P

    Steve P Jacksonville

    I went to a number of Van's shows and It's Too Late to Stop Now is the way he used to end his concerts. I think one of his live albums has that title.

    I went to a number of Van's shows and It's Too Late to Stop Now is the way he used to end his concerts. I think one of his live albums has that title.

  • John T

    John T NY

    I agree about Come Running but These Dreams of You gets you right back into the spirit and soul of the album.

    I agree about Come Running but These Dreams of You gets you right back into the spirit and soul of the album.

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    i would love to see vm in concert! i assume he's a great performer

    i would love to see vm in concert! i assume he's a great performer

  • Paul

    Paul MA

    "Brand New Day" is the best song on the album from my viewpoint. It's slow but the chorus builds up so brilliantly and then slowly releases you again. Great album thus far!

    "Brand New Day" is the best song on the album from my viewpoint. It's slow but the chorus builds up so brilliantly and then slowly releases you again. Great album thus far!

  • John T

    John T NY

    I had forgotten how soulful A Brand New Day sounds. A good example of how the album continues to reveal new things even after many listenings. I am listening on my computer now but want to play this again later on vinyl to see if it sounds better.

    I had forgotten how soulful A Brand New Day sounds. A good example of how the album continues to reveal new things even after many listenings. I am listening on my computer now but want to play this again later on vinyl to see if it sounds better.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yeah, I agree. After hearing "Brand New Day" again it kind of blew my mind.

    Yeah, I agree. After hearing "Brand New Day" again it kind of blew my mind.

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    wow. for a few of the songs i thought i was back in college in a different decade. powerful album. sad its over

    wow. for a few of the songs i thought i was back in college in a different decade. powerful album. sad its over

  • John T

    John T NY

    Glad Tidings makes you want to come back and listen all over again. Song for song this is almost a perfect album. Listening again has brought back great memories. Thanks John and everyone who took part tonight.

    Glad Tidings makes you want to come back and listen all over again.

    Song for song this is almost a perfect album.

    Listening again has brought back great memories. Thanks John and everyone who took part tonight.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Thanks John for your thoughtful insights as always. I definitely want to go back and listen again. First though i'm going back to Brand New Day, and then the album from the top

    Thanks John for your thoughtful insights as always. I definitely want to go back and listen again. First though i'm going back to Brand New Day, and then the album from the top

  • Paul

    Paul MA

    Truly basked in the brilliance of this one the whole way through. Thanks John for putting this one together. What do you have on the burner for next week?

    Truly basked in the brilliance of this one the whole way through. Thanks John for putting this one together. What do you have on the burner for next week?

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Thank you Paul for joining. I actually conduct "Album Night" on a biweekly basis. The next one will be Wednesday, Sep 3 and will feature "American Beauty" by the Grateful Dead. And thank you John T, Steve P, and Sarah for joining too! Feel free to keep the conversation going if you have more to share, otherwise I hope to see you guys on Sep 3 for "American Beauty", another 1970 release

    Thank you Paul for joining. I actually conduct "Album Night" on a biweekly basis. The next one will be Wednesday, Sep 3 and will feature "American Beauty" by the Grateful Dead.

    And thank you John T, Steve P, and Sarah for joining too! Feel free to keep the conversation going if you have more to share, otherwise I hope to see you guys on Sep 3 for "American Beauty", another 1970 release

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