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Veedon Fleece

Date: 1974
Release: POLYDOR
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Veedon Fleece is a deeply personal album that marked Morrison’s return to the stream of consciousness and raw soul power of 1968’s Astral Weeks. It was recorded around the time of his divorce from Janet Planet, the same woman to whom he had dedicated the passionate love songs of 1971’s “Tupelo Honey.” This album is emotionally wrenching, a powerful statement on love gone bad. The melancholy mood of Veedon Fleece compels the listener to enter the singer’s world of heartbreak. Though occasionally verging on the depressing, there is such immediacy and honesty in the music that you can’t help but feel alive after a listen. Spare and subtle moments abound, such as “Fair Play,” “Streets of Arklow,” and “Country Fair.”

He pulls no punches in his tortured and confessional “Cul de Sac.” Irish spiritualism melds with the flow of jazz and the compelling power of soul music, forming one perfectly realized recording. This was the final installment of Van’s unparalleled 1968-1974 period, and would be followed by his mysterious three year absence from the music world, save for his stirring performance in The Band’s epic concert-film, “The Last Waltz.”

Players:

  • Van Morrison – Vocals and Guitar
  • Ralph Walsh – Guitar
  • John Tropea – Guitar
  • David Hayes – Bass
  • Joe Macho – Bass
  • Dahaud Shaar – Drums
  • Alan Swartzburg – Drums
  • Nathan Rubin – Strings
  • Terry Adams – Strings
  • Jim Rothermel – Flute and Recorder –
  • Jack Schroer – Soprano Saxophone –
  • Jeff Labes – Keyboards
  • James Trumbo – Keyboards –
  • String and woodwind arrangements by Jeff Labes

Tracks:

  1. Fair Play
  2. Linden Arden Stole The Highlights
  3. Who Was That Masked Man
  4. Streets Of Arklow
  5. You Don’t Pull No Punches, But You Don’t Push The River
  6. Bulbs
  7. Cul De Sac
  8. Comfort You

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  1. Anna -

    Veedon Fleece was the first ever Van Morrison album I ever heard and it hooked me in as a Morrison fan immedietely.All I can say is that the album takes me somewhere that alot of other albums don’t. At the end of it I am always left with a stillness over me, then an instant desire to play it all again.

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