Astral Weeks, by Van Morrison, and regarded by many as one of the top ten records of all time, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.00.
With its breathless stripped down emotional wallop, Astral Weeks, even though it’s one of Van Morrison’s earliest records, is still full of the injections of the painful, wretched brilliance that accompanied and solidified his later works. Astral Weeks remains a hauntingly beautiful record, like standing on a misty harbor in the early morning, as the quiet lift of the oceans waves sift back and forth like a hammock. Mixing sublime guitar and flute, electric bass, piquant vibraphone, and quiet haunting passages in each and every song, from the opening track — which is the title track — the unexpected rush of its power and strength hits one instantly.
Songs like “Beside You,” the splendid “Sweet Thing,” the jazzy and brass heavy cool strains of “The Way That Young Lovers Do,” and the quiet confidence of “Slim Slow Slider,” are the highlights on an album full of them. Astral Weeks remains an event of a record, worthy of the superlatives thrown on it ever since its release, ultimately, it showcases an artist in Van Morrison who has made a record (and subsequent records) with full emotional abandon and a full expose of all facets of his soul. And by doing so, he exposes ours as well. Extremely recommended.
Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each
1. Astral Weeks
2. Beside You
3. Sweet Thing
4. Cyprus Avenue
5. The Way Young Lovers Do
6. Madame George
8. Slim Slow Slider
Note – when you purchase MP3s through Amazon, it stores your purchases to Amazon’s Cloud Drive; from there you can stream the music right from their online player. Also, if you have a Kindle Fire, your MP3 purchases will automatically be available for you to stream on your device. All your purchases are backed up and available for you to download at any time. You can download the files to your computer to load to an MP3 device and to your iTunes account if you have one. If you’d like to gift these MP3 purchases, you can – just click the “Give album or song as gift” button on the right on the product page. From there you enter the recipient’s email address and then select either specific songs to gift or the entire album.