Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 19/500!
TAS Recommended! Rated a 'Best Audiophile Label Recording' in the November 2009 issue of The Absolute Sound!
TAS Rated 5/5 Music, 4.5/5 Sonics in the April/May 2009 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
Mastered from the Original Analog Master Tapes by Kevin Gray at Acoustech Mastering!
1968's "Astral Weeks" remains not only Morrison's masterpiece, but one of the greatest records ever made. A haunting, deeply personal collection of impressionistic folk styled epics recorded by an all star jazz backing unit, its poetic complexity earned critical raves but made only a minimal commercial impact.
"There was no precedent for it in Van Morrison's previous vocal and songwriting success: the bright, rolling pop of his 1967 Top Ten hit, "Brown Eyed Girl"; his earlier spell as the leader of Irish R&B punks Them and writer of the garage-rock standard "Gloria." And Morrison — a notoriously private man for whom singing and songwriting have long been a form of emotional armor as well as release — never sounded as warm and ecstatic, more sensual and vulnerable, as he did on Astral Weeks." - www.rollingstone.com
"Once the needle drops, it's as if the music is being piped in from the heavens. Vocals are lifelike, levels non-fatiguing, and instruments richly detailed." - Bob Gendron, The Absolute Sound, April/May 2009, Issue 192
• Mastered from the Original Analog Master Tapes by Kevin Gray at Acoustech Mastering!
• Pressed on 180 Gram Vinyl
• Pressed at R.T.I.
• Features all original packaging
• Single Pocket Gatefold Jacket with Insert
Part One: In The Beginning
1. Astral Weeks
2. Beside You
3. Sweet Thing
4. Cyprus Avenue
Part Two: Afterwards
5. Young Lovers Do
6. Madame George
8. Slim Slow Slider