Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Van Morrison "Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl" (2009)
I'm having trouble coming up with a rationale for this album that isn't cynical. There's been a trend in recent years for artists to perform entire albums in concert. Well, that's not entirely accurate. This isn't like the prog era, when a group might perform a concert entirely of their new double album. What they're doing is revisiting older, much beloved material. Turning themselves into a tribute act, of sorts. So apparently Van Morrison decided to do a couple of concerts playing the Astral Weeks material. This album is a from a concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
There are some minor changes to the material. The track order has been shifted a bit. Arrangements have been altered to accommodate changes to Morrison's voice. Some tracks have been lengthened. But in terms of the overall take on the material, it is the same.