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Ryan Foley
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"No one then following Van expected such a statement."


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Let down and hanging around
Late last month, Rolling Stone premiered one of the four bonus tracks— the first take of "Beside You" —that will be featured on the upcoming reissue of Astral Weeks . Yesterday, Uncut offered an exclusive peek of the much-anticipated extended version of "Sl...

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A first step
No future can be charted without a starting point. For Van Morrison , it was a song recorded in the spring of 1967. It was done in just two takes; even so, upon completion, the artist—the exile—abruptly collapsed in on himself. "He was just torn apart," sai...

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Strange days indeed
I listened to Quintet's Astral Weeks ~Strange Days From Another Star~ . It delivered the same feeling I get when watching my children spend 10 hours climbing on furniture, cartwheeling down stairs, doing somersaults on the ceiling, swan-diving off top bunks...

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Unrefined poetry
The phrases, the words, the repetition, the coarse blend of English and Irish—it all reads like unrefined poetry, like a timeworn incantation that when fervently chanted, rouses the ghosts of far-removed, long-forgotten places. Beal Feirsde ... The mouth of...

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