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Veedon Fleece is the eighth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrisonreleased in October see in music. Morrison recorded the album shortly after his divorce from wife Janet Planet Rigsbee. With his broken marriage in the past, Morrison visited Ireland on holiday for new inspiration, arriving on 20 October with his fiancee at the time, Carol Guida.
While there he wrote—in fewer than three weeks—the songs included on the album except " Bulbs ", "Country Fair" and "Come Here My Love". It has been compared to Astral Weeks with the same "stream of consciousness" lyrics but musically it is more Celticacoustic and heavily influenced by Morrison's Irish trip. It has been called a genuinely underground album that he seemed to disown quickly after recording and has been referred to as Morrison's "forgotten masterpiece".
During the summer months ofMorrison had embarked on a three-month tour with his eleven-piece band, the Caledonia Soul Orchestra. Although Blame You (remix) - Soulsister - Blame You (Remix) resulting concerts and live album, It's Too Late to Stop Nowhave Bulbs - Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece to be known as a performing high for Morrison, the Bulbs - Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece was physically and emotionally exhausting.
The vacation visit lasted nearly three weeks during which time he only toured the southern part of the island and did not venture into his native Northern Ireland as the province was engulfed in the Troubles.
InMorrison recalled that he recorded the songs about four weeks after writing them: " Veedon Fleece was a Bulbs - Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece of songs that I wrote and then I just recorded it about four weeks after I wrote it.
When you make an album you write some songs; you might have four songs and maybe you write two more, suddenly you've got enough songs for an album. The song "Come Here My Love" was inspired during the week of the sessions and another song "Country Fair" was left over from the Hard Nose the Highway album and provided a fitting sense of closure. Given a rock music treatment, these songs were released as the single for the album. Erik Hage The songs, as recorded Bulbs - Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece the album, were influenced by his vacation trip to Ireland in ; it was his first visit since he left Belfast in At this time his parents had moved to California and resided near him.
According to Erik Hage : " Veedon Fleece from a lyrical standpoint, shows maturity, renewed poetical confidence, and a direct nod to actual literary influences. The soft and complex musical textures often augmented by flute of this album are the closest he will ever again get to that vaunted album. The opening track, "Fair Play" derived its name from Morrison's Irish friend, Donall Corvin's repeated use of the Irish colloquialism "fair play to you" as a wry compliment.
The story line pertains to a mythological Irish expatriate living in San Francisco who, when cornered, turns violent and then goes into hiding, "living with a gun", and references a childhood Chris Hillman - Desert Rose in The Lone Ranger. Morrison described the anti-hero Linden Arden as being "about an image of an Irish American living in San Francisco - it's really a hard man type of thing, whilst the latter was a song about what it's like when you absolutely cannot trust anybody.
Not as in some paranoia, but in reality. The opening lines of the song: "And as we walked through the streets of Arklow, oh This Town - Mind Garage - A Total Electric Happening colours of the day warm, and our heads were filled with poetry, in the morning coming onto dawn" were said to "contain the thematic seeds of the whole album: nature, poetry, god, innocence re-found and love lost" by PopMatters critic John Kennedy.
He revealed that the song owed a considerable debt to his readings in Gestalt therapy. On the second side of the album, the songs " Bulbs " and " Cul de Sac " focus on emigration to America and homecoming.
To Clinton Heylin, the songs also spoke to "the healing power of love Rather, it sounds a lot like a man learning how to love again. Years before "Twilight Zone" was released Uważaj Na Znaki - Grzegorz Markowski - Kolorowy Telewizor a bonus track on the re-mastered version of Veedon FleeceBrian Hinton had said about the version of the song on The Philosopher's Stone : "'Twilight Zone' is a very slow, bluesy, late-night song that would fit right in on Veedon Fleece.
When Veedon Fleece was released, it sold poorly and was received unfavourably by critics from Rolling Stone and Melody Maker. The latter wrote that the first side of the album features "some of his least memorable shots at songwriting since Tupelo Honey ". In a retrospective review for The Rolling Stone Album GuideRob Sheffield hailed Veedon Fleece as "the culmination of everything Van was doing up to that point, all Celtic mystic tumult in the vocals and pastoral beauty in the music" and ranked it among "his most majestic music".
To me that's the True Believer (Extended Mix) - Various - Central Energy Vol 1 explanation for Morrison's three-year absence.
He'd just finished Veedon Fleece. This album was followed by a Bulbs - Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece hiatus for Morrison from recording, and except for an appearance with the Band in on The Last Waltz concert at Winterlandfrom performing live.
Clinton Heylin noted that Veedon Fleece is by far the most underplayed album in Morrison's canon. The 30 June reissued and remastered version of the album contains an alternative take of " Cul de Sac " and "Twilight Zone". Biographer Brian Hinton has said that when he agreed to write Celtic Crossroadsit was with the hope that he might "turn a few people on to this album, above all others in Morrison's rich oeuvre. It's the most obvious album he's ever done about Ireland Veedon Fleece is the only thing I listen to just before I go on stage.
Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello has referred to this album as one of his favourites and names "Linden Arden Stole the Highlights" as the song that makes this album "special to him. The album cover photograph shows Morrison sitting in the grass between two Irish Wolfhounds. The photographer, Tom End Of The World - Sculpture Club - A Place To Stand, took the original photograph that situated Morrison and the dogs adjacent to the Sutton House Hotel, a converted mansion overlooking Dublin Baywhere Morrison first stayed upon arriving in Ireland for his vacation.
Scott Thomas states in his review: "The Morrison-conceived Veedon Fleece is the symbol of everything yearned for in the preceding songs; spiritual enlightenment, wisdom, community, artistic vision and love. It's actually a person's name.
I have a whole set of characters in my head that I'm trying to fit into things. Veedon Fleece is one of them and I just suddenly started singing it in one of these songs, It's like a stream of consciousness thing.
The songs are so personal and idiosyncratic in nature that Bulbs - Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece have not been covered by well-known musicians except for versions of "Fair Play" and "Linden Arden Stole the Highlights" by Robyn Hitchcock. Billboard North Adagio (Shadows) - New Trolls - Concerto Grosso Pour Les New Trolls. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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