MIDWEEK CRISIS? You need some fun, come to WEDNESDAY CLUB and join Van Morrison for a ballet lesson.
Van Morrison - 'Ballerina'(1968)
If it is pain you're after, if it is emotion, if it is one of the best 'rock' vocal performances of all time, then search no further...you have found it. Not only this track but the whole of the 'Astral Weeks.' It is a stunning album and it is difficult to define how to categorise it, there are jazz elements, rock, folk. It is a sound that will never date, never die.
|A young Van enjoying a full Ballet work out|
There is a part midway through the song where Van's voice just breaks with shear pain and it has been compared to the nearest thing in music to the 'primal scream'. I have never heard better. Have you ?
There are just some brilliant tracks, 'Madam George', 'Sweet Thing', the title track and if you survive 'Cyprus Avenue' without a tear or don't become an emotional wreck....then you got no 'soul' man. It is worth persevering with this, because if it 'hits' then you will have a friend for life. Van's follow up album 'Moondance' is equally good, in the same way as 'Blonde on Blonde' is to 'Highway 61 revisited' ....no mean praise.
If you like this try 'Vicar in a TuTu' by the Smiths
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WEDNESDAY CLUB - Van Morrison - 'Ballerina'
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