Stirring into season with a dancing under the moon aglow, Warner Bros. promptly marked the release of a Deluxe Edition of Van Morrison’s 1970 album “Moondance” on Oct. 22.
The songs range from a variety of genres such as folk and country rock to R&B and jazz. The popularity of Van Morrison is never ending. Though, to be fair, the man and his music seem to go well beyond what many care to see; Overlooked, as it were.
Morrison is the man responsible for such grooving tunes as “Brown Eyed Girl” that one could not help to love even when without wanting to sing. Though it came out in 1967 when the best place to hear it was in the parentally-driven car on the radio, the tune is known simply from its title.
Morrison came out in a fervor with his third solo album “Moondance.” The first track, “And It Stoned Me” is undoubtedly well-known, presenting itself as a simple and catchy rock tune. It’s a formal story, featuring subtle keys and back-dropped horns under his elegantly placed tenor vocalizations, a song reminiscent of swimming and the sensation of that placid feel of water in the summer: wonderful, wet and warm.
Undeniably, the main theme is of love, not only to the events in which he offered the conceptualization through the first track, but also for the women in his life in association with the atmosphere. Most notably, this may be experienced in the eponymous track itself, “Moondance.”
Van Morrison’s jazzy spirit comes through in the hauntingly pizzicato piano string placement interlude, the orchestral winds through proud and boisterously muted brass, and ending in the enchantingly deranged fluted arrangement. If this does not waver the bones and dynamically stir the disposition of the body, then there is no body.
Wander to the fire now, embrace the shape of the flame and the surrounding embodiment of soundscape through the rhythmical blues of “Crazy Love.” The obvious sentiment song, tenderly rises in the cove of burning arms if they are present. Though it is short, and it flees, it is forever understood that it had strongly existed.
The rock of “Caravan” and the bluesy folksiness of “Into the Mystic” possibly round out the tracks of formidably well-known demeanor.
Something may begin to let up within “Come Running,” though the harmonica and country-ingrained guitar soul pick it up again within “These Dreams of You.” Conclude with “Brand New Day,” “Everyone” and “Glad Tidings” and the moon dancing journey will happily complete itself.
If there is still any question, and as probable as it is, of who Van Morrison is and what “Moondance” encompasses, drive the finger bones to software streaming and break the ear down to a listen, the position to the apparition that is “Moondance” will not induce a regretful wound.