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Caledonia Soul Music at its proper length/speed.

We bring this article forward today from 2019 to February 02, 2021 (ground-hog day) Van’s Caledonia Soul Music, thanks to our friends at Vizieroframbling-for this super HD quality version. Listen all the way through on your best headphones or speakers. This track is the best example of vanTransdencent you can find. Let it flow like sweet healing water over your soul. Do you feel the gentle current flowing through your mindstream? Let it be like honey that sweetens the edges and crannies. Remove your negative nancies. No more worries in the Van that is moving over and through.

Caledonia Soul Music (High Quality)


Caledonia Soul Music at its proper length/speed.

Rain drops up close by pat whelen from Unsplash
Engineer: Brooks Arthur
Drums: Connie Kay
Guitar: Jay Berliner
Flute: John Payne
Remastering Engineer: Kevin Gray
String Arranger: Larry Fallon
Conductor: Larry Fallon
Producer: Lewis Merenstein
Double Bass: Richard Davis
Acoustic Guitar: Van Morrison
Vocals: Van Morrison
Percussion, Vibraphone: Warren Smith Jr.
Writer: Van Morrison

Astral Weeks (2015 Remaster)

Provided to YouTube by Rhino/Warner Records

Astral Weeks (2015 Remaster) · Van Morrison

Astral Weeks (Expanded Edition)

℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment Company

Van Morrison – On Hyndford Street (Live from Cyprus Avenue, Belfast)


Van Morrison – On Hyndford Street (Live from Cyprus Avenue, Belfast)

On 31st August 2015, to celebrate his 70th birthday Van played a live gig on Cyprus Avenue in his native Belfast, Northern Ireland as part of the Eastside Arts Festival.
The middle-class suburban Cyprus Avenue was made famous in his song of the same name on the Astral Weeks album.
Van was born in a small house in the working-class Hyndford Street, just a few blocks away from the Avenue.

Into the Mystic (scat version)


Kevin Rowland

Van Morrison – Dark Night Of The Soul (Audio)

New Music from Van the man. A surprise to all his fans, Van is back to his soulful roots-which is the conventional interpretation. My thoughts are that he never left his soulful roots behind. A musician of his talent puts the fullness of his creation into all that he does.




Van Morrison – Interview – 7/29/1974 – Orphanage, San Francisco, CA (OFFICIAL)

Transcendent Music from Van


This August 2018 article is coming up today as the result of a Youtube recommendation.   This Edinburgh crime author, Ian Rankin’s interview of Van is the best I have watched, most likely due to the common Belfast connection and mutual Artistic respect of Mr. Rankin and Van Morrison.   Anyone who has followed the old curmudgeon interviews over the course of Van’s career witness how low he regards talking about his artistry and process.   Van is better enjoyed for his music than his treatment of the music press.   The music industry, including the music press,  for Artists like Van, doesn’t hold much in the way of positive regard.   Truth be told, many of us enjoy his ill-mannered ways.    Watch the interview below and you will either be unpleasantly or pleasantly surprised by his respectful and outright friendly demeanor towards interviewer Ian Rankin.

  1. a bad-tempered person, especially an old one.

Van Morrison – Keep Me Singing (EPK)

We all have songs that bring us to a higher place than lust, passion or garden variety heart longing.  Recently I opened up a box of CDs, in storage for the last 3 years, including Van “Tupelo Honey”.   If you enjoy Van’s music, meaning you have a heart and decent hearing, there are seminal recordings with transcendent tracks like this one, “You’re my woman”,  from Tupelo Honey.
I recall this song from prior listenings yet it did not have quite the same affect in my early 20’s as it just did today, post age 50, with a few extra years of life experience under my belt.  “You’re my woman” has been a feature on more than a few first dances at wedding receptions since its release.  Listen with beginner’s ear even if you listened to this track 100,005 times before.

Today I truly heard, “and all our friends came thru..” with clarity.

Transcendent? A resounding YES for me. No song better captures “pure”  heart love than this one. Let me know what you think in the comments below this post.  How about the alchemy of musical genres in one composition (folk, r&b, jazz, gospel) alone?  For the uninitiated few, heretofore not introduced to the early works of Van, look next to Astral Weeks, then Into the Mystic.  Cds are available for purchase in this post.  Astral Weeks is a graduate course in musical transcendence and it was recorded back in 1969.