May 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm #79577Re: What Is On Your Ipod Today
Taungfox; Thanks, three more albums to check for me to check out.
I’ve been listening to Astral weeks lots. Also Keep It Hid by Dan Auerbach.
Best new track this week; Captain Beefheart; Her Eyes are a Blue million miles. Mustve listened to that about 15 times in one evening.
Captain Beefheart Is always good.
Forgot to congratualte you on that. (Will check DA)
How can one man have written Astral Weeks, the greatest suite of
songs / music in the History of the Word. Just sublime perfection.
“If I ventured in the slipstream
Between the viaducts of your dream
Where immobile steel rims crack
And the ditch in the back roads stop
Could you find me?
Would you kiss-a mine eyes?
To lay me down
In silence easy
To be born again”
I admit the ultimate hippy music.
"Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".May 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm #79578Re: What Is On Your Ipod Today
It is not just me……
Reviews of ASTRAL WEEKS…
In 1979, Lester Bangs wrote in an essay, published in the book Stranded: Rock and Roll for a Desert Island, “Van Morrison was twenty-two or twenty-three—years old when he made this record; there are lifetimes behind it. What Astral Weeks deals in are not facts but truths. Astral Weeks, insofar as it can be pinned down, is a record about people stunned by life, completely overwhelmed, stalled in their skins, their ages and selves, paralyzed by the enormity of what in one moment of vision they can comprehend.”
In a 2004 review, Sean O’Hagan with The Observer described the album as: “Ultimately unreadable, utterly singular, it remains one of those rare albums that actually lives up to the extravagant claims made on its behalf.” In another article about Astral Weeks in November 2008, O’Hagan wrote that “Its singularity lies, as Costello points out, in its vaulting ambition. It is neither folk nor jazz nor blues, though there are traces of all three in the music and in Morrison’s raw and emotionally charged singing. There are no solos save for the ethereal flute and soprano saxophone improvisations that are woven through the last, and shortest, song, ‘Slim Slow Slider’, the album’s elegiac coda. Throughout, there are interludes of breathtaking beauty when the music surges and subsides, rises and falls, around Morrison’s voice.”
Alan Light of CNNTime magazine wrote in 2006 that “Morrison sings of lost love, death and nostalgia for childhood in the Celtic soul that would become his signature.” Light asserted that “Astral Weeks didn’t reach the charts, but its mystic poetry, spacious grooves, and romantic incantations still resonate in ways no other music can.” Music critic Greil Marcus, in a 2006 interview in The Believer, said that Martin Scorsese told him that the first half of his movie Taxi Driver was based on Astral Weeks. In an NPR review, Marcus, who says he has listened to the Astral Weeks record more than any other, comments about it: “You can hear these moments of invention and gasping for air, and you reach your hand and close your fist and when you open your fist there’s a butterfly in it. There was really something there, but you couldn’t have seen it. You couldn’t have known.”
Elvis Costello described Astral Weeks as “still the most adventurous record made in the rock medium, and there hasn’t been a record with that amount of daring made since.” Johnny Depp, in a Rolling Stone interview in 2008, recalled how when he was a preteen his older brother (by ten years) tiring of Johnny’s favorite music of the time said, “‘Try this.’ And he put on Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. And it stirred me. I’d never heard anything like it.” Steven Van Zandt (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) has said: “Astral Weeks was like a religion to us.”
Glen Hansard of The Frames says that he was captivated by the feeling of freedom when he first heard the album. Hansard says: “It made me realize that so much of what makes music great is courage, and up to that, what I thought made music great was practice and study…This album says there’s more to life than you thought. Life can be lived more deeply, with a greater sense of fear and horror and desire than you ever imagined.” Niall Stokes of Hot Press praised the album upon its being voted as best Irish album of all time in 2009: “Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks is a worthy poll-topper. It’s an extraordinary work, packed with marvelously evocative songs that are rooted in Belfast but which deliver a powerful and lasting universal poetic resonance. Astral Weeks has consistently appeared in polls of the Greatest Albums of All Time, in the US, the UK and all over the world – so it has been widely recognized as a really important work of art.” The album’s producer Lewis Merenstein said in 2009: “To this day it gives me pain to hear it. Pain is the wrong word—I’m so moved by it.”
In December 2010, writing in Tablet Magazine, Lieb Liebovitz called the album “one of very few albums I know that possess the quality of redemption.” He explained that: “No matter what afflictions you, the listener, might bring into the experience, no matter how much woe or heartache or ennui or sweet melancholy, Morrison’s howls—and the swirling musical notes that accompany them—will purge you of your sadness.”
"Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".May 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm #79579Re: What Is On Your Ipod Today
Taungfox: I meant to ask you; so far I only have Astral weeks and Moondance. These were my start off records to Van Morrison, I was wondering would you recommend the next one to get?
You have started with two classics……
Next maybe :-
VEEDON FLEECE………….The Irish Album….
SAINT DOMINICS PREVIEW……….
THE HEALING GAME………..
IT’S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW…….The superb LIVE album…
THE PHILOSOPHERS STONE……..the unreleased classics.
Every album is completely different, some string based, some brass
based, some jazz, some soul. Usually different musicians. Just
"Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".May 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm #79582Re: What Is On Your Ipod Today
William Elliott Whitmore: Everything Gets Gone
Lovely track, listenable here:
http://soundcloud.com/antirecords/william-elliott-whitmoreMay 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm #79583Re: What Is On Your Ipod Today
A right old mixture today.
Foo Fighters… Red Hot Chilli Peppers… Calvin Harris… Randy Crawford… Nickelback
Good old shuffle
A learning experience is one of those things that say, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.” - Douglas Adamssar78ModeratorPosts: 2,246Joined: 05/03/2015May 26, 2011 at 12:04 am #79517Re: What Is On Your Ipod Today
Do I dare add my Lil’ Wayne & Wiz Khalifa to this thread……or risk the threat of being outlawed!!
I secretly love all Lil Waynes stuff not so secret now.
Phew, so I’m not on my own!
Album getting the most play in my car at the mo is Wiz Khalifa – Rolling PapersMay 30, 2011 at 7:59 pm #79588Re: What Is On Your Ipod Today
listening to radiohead “ok computer” fifteen year old album and still love it as much as the first time i heard it, and still hear new sounds in it.special.
today i have been listening to pj harveys new album “let england shake” outstanding.
tammas is really on the ball…..
These are both superb….
"Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".June 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm #79592Re: What Is On Your Ipod Today
If you like Dan Auerbach, I’d also recommend the band he’s in called The Black Keys.
Listened to BROTHERS on Spotify….
I am sticking to DA himself (even being a sinister kid)
"Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".June 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm #79594Re: What Is On Your Ipod Today
Was just wondering if you had a favourite track on Keep it Hid?
Mine would be Whispered Words and I also love Street Walkin’.
Do not mean to argue but I like “Mean Monsoon” and “When I Left The Room”.
Though it is all pretty good !
The version on Spotify has 14 tracks…..did the original?
"Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".June 22, 2011 at 12:05 am #79595Re: What Is On Your Ipod Today
HURT……..by Johnny Cash.
Bought for 69 pence download
Itunes tells me I have played it 187 times.
Cheerful little soul aren’t I ?
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