Posted: Apr 1, 2008 11:21 am
[i]i think van as a songwriter is among the world's finest.... the Them singles with him are astounding - i mean... "mystic eyes" i like way better than "gloria," and neither can be denied their greatness or influence on years and years of bands to follow... [i]
Or what about "If You And I Could Be As Two"? Almost the ENTIRE Them output is amazing. After all, I think they only released two proper albums, both of which are killer.
[i]that said... van morrison's body of work as a songwriter and performer post-THEM is also astounding, memorable, classic and varied.... [i]
This is true. I do think Van Morrison (along with Otis Redding) is probably the greatest rock/r'n'b vocalist of his generation, however...
[i]the albums *********, Moondance, Tupelo Honey, **********, Hard Nose the Highway, Into the Mystic... jeez... the singles... Brown Eyed Girl, Crazy Love, Domino, Wild Night, Jackie Wilson Said, Blue Money, Moondance, Wavelength, Have I Told You Lately... [i]
...aren't all that great. For me, the only post-Them Van records worth listening to are the Bang Sessions, Astral Weeks, Veedon Fleece, and St. Dominick's Preview. But they're so good that they might make up for the heaps of shitty records (Wild Nights? Really?) littering his career.
So, THEM= consistent high-level output
Van= inconsistent output, but I think the highs are higher than anything else he's ever done.