July 24, 2011

Veedon Fleece - Van Morrison [1974]

"Forgotten masterpiece"? Not in this parish. Companion piece to Astral Weeks in stream of consciousness channeled songwriting and off the cuff delivery (plenty choice vocal tics and trademark mannerisms to be had). Journeying westwards as ever, into pastoral Irish tradition, invoking poets -  Blake and the Eternals - and citing metaphysics - discussing Baba, no less - before this became depressingly rote in yer man's oeuvre. Still possible to care about the quest and, lest we gush, get swept away.

Goin’ as much with the river as not.

Oddi wrth y brawd


JCB said...

This is my favorite Van the Man album, I bought it with no great expections, but it's his accessible masterpiece. It shows the randomness of rock critics consensus. Thanks for your efforts.

Y Brawd said...

Couldn't agree more. Cheers.