Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl (2009) This re-creation of Van Morrison's 1968 classic, recorded in November, finds Van's voice deeper and throatier, but no less prone to glossolalia and playful stuttering.… 2009-02-10 Van Morrison Rock
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Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl (2009)

Van Morrison | Van in Black: Morrison re-creates his 1968 classic on Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Van in Black: Morrison re-creates his 1968 classic on Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl
EW's GRADE
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Details Release Date: Feb 10, 2009; Lead Performance: Van Morrison; Genre: Rock

This re-creation of Van Morrison's 1968 classic, recorded in November, finds Van's voice deeper and throatier, but no less prone to glossolalia and playful stuttering. The strings, flute, etc., are all present on Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl, albeit mixed more subtly into the acoustic-jam arrangements than on the original LP. All this deceptively timeless fluidity induces a wonderful mystic fog that might make you forget whether you're honoring a 40th, 5th, or 100th anniversary. A–

Originally posted Feb 04, 2009 Published in issue #1034 Feb 13, 2009 Order article reprints