When the Leaves Come Falling Down: Van Morrison

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  1. Hedley Says:

    I honestly don’t know what to think about Van Morrison anymore. For years I purchased every album and swooned over the content. But Keep me Singing in 2016 was my last dance and I haven’t touched Van since. Frankly I rarely go back and play the catalog. This year Van will release no less than 3 new albums – an instrumental and two discs of covers

    He was cranky in concert and brief, he is a conspiracy theorist along with Eric Clapton and has continued to dilute his catalog with some appalling recent releases.

    I will happily argue that “Its too late to stop now” is among the greatest live albums of all time, but my journey with Van has run its course.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      There are few singers whose every album I have purchased. Joni is one who comes to mind. I know I had many Dylan albums which went missing when I was in Ghana, taken by my sister. He is one who stop interesting me in his music with his later albums.

      Van Morrison shot himself in the foot with his concert attitude. With his new albums, I guess he hope to slide back to when his music mattered.

  2. Larry Keller Says:

    I guess it all boils down to this: when Van is (was?) good, he’s very, very good. When he’s bad, he’s very, very bad. Seems he’s only gotten worse as the years pass, but that doesn’t negate the brilliance of “Moondance,” “Astral Weeks,” etc. I don’t know, but this song is probably the ONE good one on that album (seems there’s always one, but that’s not good enough to spend good money). I’ve seen him in concert where he absolutely knocked my socks off. I’ve seen him when he bored the pants off of me. I suspect he takes himself WAAAAAAAAAY to seriously.

    • katry Says:

      I always find myself so disappointed when age or arrogance catches up with a favorite singer and his voice degrades. That VM will release more albums is evidence of arrogance.
      When I heard Joni a ways back her voice cut me to the quick. It evidenced all those tears of smoking. After her recovery, however, her voice returned in a different way but a great way. I guess she is the lucky one.

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