Classic Albums: Veedon Fleece by Van Morrison

Happy St.Pat’s day everyone! So today’s this Friday’s post is my fave Irish artist’s album. It’s a pretty mellow one really but I’m posting it in the morning which is maybe the recommend listening time too, unless you’re having a quiet night and wanna chili out to something. Maybe, you’re reading this after that day anyway?

He’s one of those old 60’s artists who needs no introduction at all. Is it just me or do others think he always looked like an old man? Anyway this is his 1974 album and the eighth studio album from the man called Van, in my opinion but far and away his best album. Van hit his peak on Veedon Fleece and nothing else comes close, yes it’s better than Astral Weeks but I think other people will disagree with me about that so I’ll just say that’s what this blog is just my opinion about music. My dad loved Van when I was a kid so I know a lot of his other stuff but it was really funny when I found this, I did show it to my my old man at some point and he was like “I’ve never heard this but it’s breathtaking.” or something like that.

None of these tracks are on his greatest hits album/s which was my father’s faves but I don’t why because to me each song is like some of the greatest songwriting ever. Maybe it’s for the fact Van disliked the album himself after it was released and even disowned it too, only playing some of these song just a few times live. I don’t know why you would do that as an artist because it’s totally amazing songwriting and beyond me to express how unbelievably it is, I’m like struck dumb listening to his words. Maybe it’s more to do with the time around making it more than anything because it was recording shortly after the divorce from his wife, it sold very poorly and was totally written of by critics at the time too.

After that divorce he return home to Ireland on holiday and the album musically I’ve got to say it is one of his most Celtic sounding and even his most acoustic album. What I know about him writing it, songs were done very quickly without time to think about any of it really. The tracks were written in two or three weeks and recording them was all pretty much first takes and then Van would disappear, one of musicians that played on the album called him the studio ghost of the sessions or something like that. The album cover artwork is a photo of  Morrison on that very same holiday sitting in between two Irish Wolfhounds and seems to me a very Irish’s album cover too, with all that blue and green countryside. Maybe it’s just all too Irish even if he is from there, I’m not so I guess it’s fine by me but it’s not like totally overboard. Veedon Fleece best described as folk or maybe folk rock.

Once again it’s also one of my fave bands fave record too. Both The Drones‘ singer Gareth Liddiard and ex-The Drones drummer Mike Noga have named dropped it as so, here’s one link to a Mike interview where he talks briefly about the album and I’m sure that’s not the only time he’s said that too. Liddiard named Veedon Fleece in the Aussie Rolling Stones mag at some point a few years ago which I can’t find online so I might just have post it on my blog one day sooner or later, would readers like that?

So who else loves this Van album? Or does so after listening to it now?

Veedon Fleece track listing and times:

1. Fair Play – 6:14
2. Linden Arden Stole the Highlights – 2:37
3. Who Was That Masked Man – 2:55
4. Streets of Arklow – 4:22
5. You Don’t Pull No Punches But You Don’t Push the River – 8:51
6. Bulbs – 4:18
7. Cul de Sac – 5:51
8. Comfort You – 4:25
9. Come Here My Love – 2:21
10. Country Fair – 5:42

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All my Classic Albums posts are in that link or they’re all linked below too!

So the idea here is simply for me to write a post about each of my favorite albums that I consider total stone cold classics!

Please do leave a reply below and tell me what you think about this album and/or artist or whatever you’d like to say about it?

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2 thoughts on “Classic Albums: Veedon Fleece by Van Morrison

  1. Agreed. Wonderful album by Van the Man. He is a few years older than me but he lived & went to school not far from where I was brought up in Belfast. So I know all the places like Orangefield and Cyprus Avenue mentioned in his songs.

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