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Astral Weeks (album) by Van Morrison 

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Astral Weeks
Astral Weeks by Van Morrison (1968)
Overall rank: 56th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
85/100 (from 1,191 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1968 (2nd)
Top 20 albums of the 1960s (15th)
Top 100 albums of all time (56th)

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Astral Weeks is ranked as the best album by Van Morrison.

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From Jbalbinolr 47 hours ago
More poetry than actual music, to me the tracks although magical are a bit too long, making me lose my interest at the 5 minutes.
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From Lgk21 11/04/2017 21:43
Van is the man! This record is the product of a truly great singer getting so lost in the music it feels like he's possessed. The listening experience is like no other.
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From Mercury 10/19/2017 20:37
This remains for me one of those albums where its clear something strange and abstract and almost divine happened. Like few albums before or since such as A Love Supreme, this album almost feels like it has a Godly influence. I don't know how to explain it, but almost every aspect of this record seems soft as air, like a fleeting moment of clarity, like some gossamer in the air which when you reach for it, it is gone, never quite attainable in terms of full conception.

The music, a brilliant mix of irish folk, soul, jazz, blues, and a hundred other things seemingly, is impossible for me to really pin down or categorize. There are moments here of musical beauty and ascendance which is rarely heard. And the vocals by a 23 year old master Van Morrison are mercurial, passionate, they sweep from extreme to extreme as if guided by some unseen hand of some unseen higher power. And the words keep the theme of dichotomy going. Insofar as there are words here that just feel right, they conjure up images and feelings so innate in us as human beings, so true to our conceived form or essence, and yet when you really try to analyze them they, again, seem completely unknowable and abstract.

A Specific moment which for some reason never fails to send shivers down my body is in "Madame George". You know that point at the very beginning when you've just gotten done being happy and exuberant on the previous track "The Way Young Lovers Do" when the bass comes in all slack and earthy like and at that moment Van comes in with his sweet soul? That part for some reason, that exact moment and the whole concatenation of moments leading up to it for some reason makes me think of mental clouds opening, like a person (could be me or you when you listen or Van) is having a moment of spiritual oneness, when he is experiencing a moment of true epiphany and clarity. That for some reason just blows me away every time.

Also the horn on "Slim Slow Rider" is unearthly. Anyway, I won't go into all the points which are exemplary of this albums majesty, cuz, I just don't wanna. Just listen to it again (and again and again and again...) or for the first time.

Just a little inside baseball, I have had this post open and being edited for 3 days. I'm a freak about these lists. I do a lot of listening and dorky "Research". Anyway, you know you have a true towering classic when you find it nearly impossible to move away from an album long enough to even consider other albums for a list. Well, that's been the struggle with Astral Weeks lately.

In closing, How this album came to be is one of those truly miraculous moments. 50 years later and there has still been nothing like Astral Weeks. And every time I go to listen to this profound statement of humanism and spiritual inspiration, I know that I am in for some sort of unearthly reward. This album... my God... Love Applause Love Applause Love

"In another world
In another world
In another time
Got a home on high
Ain't nothing but a stranger in this world
I'm nothing but a stranger in this world
I got a home on high
In another land
So far away
So far away
Way up in the heaven
Way up in the heaven
Way up in the heaven
Way up in the heaven" - Astral Weeks

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From Pretender 07/15/2017 05:43
Wicked and wild in a subtle introvert way
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From LANCE 03/18/2017 18:19
The title track might be one of the best title tracks in history. So original, and I can never get sick of listening to it, I wish the title track was another hour long.
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From Daydreamer 01/20/2017 18:44
Otherwordly, mystical, magical. These words are rightfully used to describe this masterpiece. Van Morrison's had a solid career but he never came remotely close to this record. It flows beautifuly, with some amazing reflective stream of conciousness lyrics and wonderful passionate singing from Van. Really sounds liek it came from another place, in another time.
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From Rhett 08/16/2016 02:05
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From souplipton 08/16/2016 01:07
This album has very little appeal to me. The music beneath the lyrics doesn't change much throughout the entire album, and is very uninteresting, almost boring. The singing is nice, and the lyrics are occasionally interesting, but for the most part sound like scattered snippets which go nowhere. "Sweet Thing" is pretty good, but the rest of the album is elevator music to me.
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From nitomano 07/14/2016 03:09
Favoritas: Madame George, Astral Weeks
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From discojets1 06/29/2016 14:08
Is a perfect, mystical, magnificent album. Nothing more than that.
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