Moondance [Remastered]

Moondance [Remastered]

by Van Morrison


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2013
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227963637
catalogNumber: 3103
Rank: 1400

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Van Morrison   Primary Artist,Rhythm Guitar,Tambourine
Judy Clay   Vocals
John Klingberg   Bass
Jeff Labes   Organ,Piano
John Platania   Rhythm Guitar
Jack Schroer   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Collin Tilton   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Jackie Verdell   Vocals
Emily Houston   Vocals
Gary Malabar   Drums,Vibes

Technical Credits

Tony May   Engineer
Lewis Merenstein   Executive Producer
Van Morrison   Composer,Producer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Neil Schwartz   Engineer
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
Steve Friedberg   Engineer

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Moondance [Remastered] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
shebrokemywaxMDtrax More than 1 year ago
This is a great reissue pressing of a classic album. "And it stoned me" is a perfect track to open the album. (Specifically labled "R1 1835") Remastering is great on this on, I also have a 1970's pressing and it sounds as good, if not superior though my hifi setup. a must have for someone starting a vinyl collection!
glauver More than 1 year ago
I listened to the second disc of out-takes before revisiting the classic original album. The alternate takes simply highlight how great the finished product was. Only the jazzy version of Moondance and the long blues I've Been Working equal what was released. The other takes are good, but not up to the high standard Van Morrison set on his masterpiece. You can hear the influence of The Band on several of the cuts. It's too bad they never collaborated on a full album. This was as close as Morrison ever came to becoming a breakout pop star. Moondance is probably the best place to meet Van The Man.