Friday, April 8, 2011

My Perfect Album

I can't stop listening to Van Morrison's "Common One".  Start to finish, it's incredible.  Every element blends together seamlessly.  From his poignant lyrics to the amazing horns, it may be the most perfect album I've ever heard. Folky, spiritual, moving, quality musicianship.  And excellent listening to get you in the mood for Spring. 

 Not to be missed:  "When Heart is Open" and "Satisfied"

And when heart is open
You will change just like a flower slowly openin’
When there’s no comin’
And there’s no goin’
And when heart is open
You will meet your lover
You will tarry

Born George Ivan Morrison, 1945, in Northern Ireland, his father bought him his first acoustic guitar when he was eleven. But, as member of a working-class community, it was expected that he would get a regular full-time job, so after several short apprenticeship positions, he settled into a job as a window cleaner. At age 17 he started touring and his professional career began in the late 1950s when he played a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands, covering the popular hits of the day.

In 1980, Morrison and a group of musicians traveled to Super Bear, a studio in the French Alps, to record (on the site of a former abbey) what is considered to be the most controversial album in his discography.


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