Astral Weeks – Van Morrison (1968)

1960s: Days of Rage

“Astral Weeks is the second studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It was recorded at Century Sound Studios in New York City during three sessions in September and October 1968, although most participants and biographers agree that the eight songs were culled from the first and last early evening sessions. Except for John Payne, Morrison and the assembled jazz musicians had not played together before and the recordings commenced without rehearsals or lead sheets handed out. The cover art, music and lyrics of the album portray the symbolism equating earthly love and heaven that would often feature in Morrison’s work. When Astral Weeks was released by Warner Bros. Records in November 1968, it did not receive promotion from the label and was not an immediate success with consumers or critics. Blending folk, blues, jazz, and classical music, the album’s songs signaled a…

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2 thoughts on “Astral Weeks – Van Morrison (1968)

  1. Great list- Astral Weeks and Revolver are 1 and 2 on my list. The only one on your list that I am not a fan of is Strange Days.

    1. Yes. Strange Days is not considered as good as the Doors first album. I heard Strange Days first however and I loved it. I think there are some great songs and arrangements on there and I love Jim’s voice and lyrics.

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