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Moondance - Van Morrison

(Warner Bros.)

Moondance

Released: 27 January 1970

Recorded: August – December 1969 at the A & R Studios in New York City

Genre: Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Jazz, Pop, Irish folk

Length: 38:14

Label: Warner Bros.

Producers: Neil Young, David Briggs with Kendall Pacios


Moondance is the third studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. After recording his commercially unsuccessful 1968 album Astral Weeks, Morrison moved with his wife to an artistic hamlet in upstate New York and began writing songs for Moondance. There, he met the musicians he would record the album with at New York City's A & R Studios in 1969.

Morrison abandoned the abstract folk compositions of Astral Weeks in favor of more formally composed songs on Moondance, which he wrote and produced himself. Its lively rhythm and blues music was the style he would become most known for in his career. The music incorporated soul, jazz, pop, and Irish folk sounds into ballads and songs about finding spiritual renewal and redemption in worldly matters such as nature, music, and romantic love.

After Moondance was released in 1970 by Warner Bros. Records, it became both a critical and commercial success, helping establish Morrison as a major artist in popular music. It has since been cited by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time. In 2013, the album's remastered deluxe edition was released to similar acclaim.


Singles released from the Album:

"Come Running" Released in March 1970

"Crazy Love" Released in May 1970

"Moondance" Released in November 1977


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