Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
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1968 Ratings: #4 / 113
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1968 Rank: #14
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Astral Weeks is a justified entry in pop music's pantheon. It is unlike any record before or since; it mixes together the very best of postwar popular music in an emotional outpouring cast in delicate, subtle musical structures.

Rolling Stone

Soft, reflective, hypnotic, haunted by the ghosts of old blues singers and ancient Celts and performed by a group of extraordinary jazz musicians, it sounds like the work of a singer and songwriter who is, as Morrison sings in the title track, "nothing but a stranger in this world."


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Astral Sleep

It was during a trip to Marseille. At the dream time of the 1€ Megabus, before the Macronbus (of our dearest president) came to buy them and put an end to the improbable offers that my girlfriend and I used, on one hand to see each other, on the other hand to travel, for almost nothing, that is to say enough not to damage our student wallets. We had therefore decided to survive an overnight trip from Paris to Marseille, with a stopover in Lyon. We arrived in Marseille at ... read more


Perfect in every conceivable way. Jazzy, soulful arrangements and that voice! Van Morrison at the absolute peak of his powers. A beautiful LP. Spectacular.

Essential track - Beside You




Just a thing of beauty


While I did find myself liking the two more popular tracks from this album, I just found myself very whelmed by everything else on the album

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Added on: February 8, 2013