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.
Performance CreditsVan 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 CreditsTony May Engineer
Lewis Merenstein Executive Producer
Van Morrison Composer,Producer
Elliot Scheiner Engineer
Neil Schwartz Engineer
Shelly Yakus Engineer
Steve Friedberg Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Moondance [Remastered] based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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!
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.