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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: November 3, 2008 @ 1:33 pm

    Astral Weeks Live

    Fiona McCann

    So we all know by now that Van Morrison will be performing Astral Weeks live on Friday and Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl. Which even sounds bizarre as I write it. His reasons? “In the 60′s and 70′s the record companies did not support the music, so I never got to take these songs on tour, and I certainly did not have the money to do it.” Fine, and of course Van Morrison can do with Astral Weeks and the songs thereon whatever he likes. But. The concerts are to be recorded live and released as Astral Weeks Live At The Hollywood Bowl. Even the title makes me shudder.  I know I should reserve judgment and wait to see if any magic is produced on the nights involved. But I’m not. Anyone else (apart from Sean O’Hagan) unsteadied at the thought?

    • tim morrison says:

      Unlikely he’ll replicte the passion vocally as on the original release….but he doesn’t have to…pretty sure the music will be magnificant (it’ll top thesound he got for the same songs he did on his recent tour….which was great)….and itll stand on its own.

    • JC says:

      No, I think he should let that album be. When a thing is that good, why go near it. Make something new, VM. Leave that money on the table.

    • Orion says:

      It is the album that reveals the elasticity of music– that a performer can emerge from a pop music idiom to completely transcend them, creating something so unique and so unconstrained by formal concerns as to become a work of art outside of time and tradition.

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