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His Band and the Street Choir
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His Band and the Street Choir appeared at a time--1970--when Van Morrison was building on the great critical successes of Astral Weeks and Moondance. His third Warner Bros. album contains a number of radio-friendly tracks clearly aimed at the singles market and few clues of the serious, brooding melancholy of Astral Weeks. Kicking off with the jaunty "Domino," the album is generally dominated by uptempo swingers such as "Call Me Up in Dreamland," "Give Me a Kiss," and "Blue Money." The cover photography and liner notes by then wife Janet Planet reveal a smiling Morrison and hint at a newfound personal contentment. This mood did not last long after Van left the artists' community of Woodstock. But even here, in "I'll Be Your Lover Too" and "Crazy Face," there are moments that are essential listening for fans of his sullen splendor and mysticism. --Rob Stewart

Pressed on 180gram vinyl at RTI. Mastered from the original analog master tapes by Kevin Grey at Acoustech Mastering. Features all original packaging. Van Morrison's 1970 release His Band and The Street Choir had a more relaxed sound than its predecessor "Moondance." This release was just one of many critically acclaimed releases for the equal parts blue-eyed soul shouter and wild eyed poet sorcerer.

Customer Reviews:

  • Angrydan
    A classic. "I'll Be Your Lover, Too" is fabulous. Not a bad song on this one.

    I heard that a remastered version of this one is due for release this year?...more info
  • Our secret (don't tell anyone else)
    This is it. Sssshhhhhhhh.

    We don't want word to get around about how fabulous this cd is because this one is for discriminating listeners; not the people who buy "best of" compilations.

    If you can find a song that beats "I'll be your lover" I'd like to hear it....more info
  • His best
    This is Van Morrisons best album in my opinion, and to my knowledge, his least popular (of his old stuff). This album even contains "Domino" which is on just about every best of album he has. A great bled of slow and upbeat songs that (to me) has better tracks than "Moondance" and "Tupelo Honey" (which are my other favorites). All in all, a great album from an incredibly undercredited musician....more info
  • Van rocks
    Was looking for song "blue money" thot he was saying "Blue Monday "...more info
  • This album gave Bruce the Juice.
    Listen to this album immediately followed by Springsteen's "Wild Innocent" and Van's influence on Bruce will be crystal clear. I'd like to see both Van and Bruce make this kind of music again....more info
  • his band and the street chior
    great cd have been lookjing for this song since 2001....more info
  • Vintage Van Morrison
    "His Band And The Street Choir" has been called a rhythm & blues-album, but it really isn't. It's a Van Morrison-album, which means that it can't be classified as one or the other.

    Filled with saxophones, tasty piano playing, organ flourishes, and acoustic and electric guitars, "His Band And The Street Choir" is vintage Van Morrison - an amalgam of rock, blues, folk, jazz and country.
    It is not as innovative and certainly not as idiosyncratic as "Moondance" or "Astral Weeks", leaning more heavily towards classic R&B, but it is a very solid and appealing record.

    The muscular rockers "Blue Money" and "Domino", and the joyous, swinging "Give Me A Kiss", are among the highlights, as are the bouncy "Call Me Up In Dreamland", the gospel-tinted ballad "If I Ever Needed Someone", and the upbeat, piano-driven blues "Sweet Jannie", which also features some great lead guitar playing from John Platania.
    But everything is worth a listen, really, although not every song is equally great.

    To me, "Tupelo Honey" remains Van Morrison's strongest album, but "His Band And The Street Choir" is no throwaway either.
    Recommended....more info

  • REMASTER AVAILABLE! But ONLY In Japan! Why, Edgar... WHY?

    The good news?

    20+ years after their debut on CD, FINALLY, there are full remasters of Moondance, Street Choir and Astral Weeks.

    The bad news?

    They're not available domestically from Warner Music Group USA: All three were released in June 2008 by Warner in Japan only, and Amazon is FINALLY getting around to stocking them.

    The catalog numbers for the three Japan Warner remasters are WPCR-75419, -20 and -21, which streeted in Japan on 6/25/08. Be sure that you use the links I have provided above, as Warner Japan has previously released non-remastered versions of all three titles, and you don't want to make an expensive mistake.

    These classic albums, which we have all waited so long to be brought properly into the digital world, now, unfortunately, join fellow Warner artists such as Little Feat, The Doobie Brothers, Neil Young, Ry Cooder, Tower Of Power, Cold Blood and several others, whose remastered catalogs are only available off-shore.


    The responsibility for this is ultimately Edgar Bronfman, Jr., the CEO of WMG USA. Instead of focusing on WMG's core music catalog, he's busy extolling the virtues of consumer-oppressive DRM, over-paying P-Diddy tens of millions of dollars, and this week, revealed as losing another $30 million of WMG funds in promoter Joe Meli's mad scheme to charge $15,000 per person to attend a swank, exclusive, five-act concert series in the Hamptons. These are only a few of many excesses this guy has perpetrated at WMG, presiding over a spectacular loss of investor equity since the 2005 WMG IPO, while he and his investors have lined their own pockets.

    This year, Universal is staging a 28-title Van Morrison catalog re-release, all remastered with bonus tracks. You'd think SOMEBODY at WMG would be smart enough to pilot-fish that momentum with these three seminal titles. At the very least, how hard can it be to obtain the existing, completed remasters from a Japan subsidiary and make them available in the U.S.?

    All of this is no surprise to WMG, or ex-WEA, insiders. Internally, Warner policy was always that the majority of consumers were going purchase popular catalog titles anyway, so why waste profits to remaster them? WEA sales employees were told this directly by Warner management as far back as the early 90's, and Bronfman's regime simply status-quo'd that odious philosophy.

    This is what happens when bean-counters run record companies.

    But, I guess Edgar & Co, too preoccupied with moguling the mess they've made of a once-great record company, can't see the opportunity: As of this writing, no WMG act has any major position on the charts, and artists, alienated by WMG's all-finance-dominated mentality, are departing for pastures where music still has some modicum of corporate consideration.

    What a waste.

    WMG could borrow a page from Sony, who established a successful business model out of sonically-upgrading their catalog over a decade ago. The only major Columbia Records artist that comes to mind, whose catalog hasn't been remastered, is Springsteen... and you have to believe that's not by Sony's choice.

    Bottom line, Edgar? If you don't believe there's no positive revenue to be generated by offering a better product, then you've no business being in that business.
    ...more info
    Domino is the catchy slice of soulful pop that opens this great album. Crazy Face has gorgeous organ and I love the rockabilly rhythm and catchy melody of Give Me A Kiss. I've Been Working is an impressive funk workout that actually reminds me of the sound of James Brown; it's awash in exquisite sax and organ. The rousing Call Me Up In Dreamland sounds more like country-soul to me and here again the sax is the hero. Van goes into torch song mode for the brooding I'll Be Your Lover Too. One of the highlights of the album is the brilliant Blue Money with its catchy tune, hypnotic chorus and bubbling beat. (The obscure singer Cristina did a marvellous cover of Blue Money on her now out-of-print album Sleep It Off that appeared on Ze Records in the 1980s). Overall, His Band And The Street Choir is a wonderful showcase of Morrison's delightful take on various R&B styles. Measured against masterpieces like Moondance, Tupelo Honey and Hymns To The Silence, it's not amongst his absolute best, but by any other standard it's a great work that will amply reward the listener....more info
  • Definitely one of his best
    Still in his prime form, this album offers the full spectrum of what Van Morrison can be. From his moody, somewhat meloncholy "I'll Be Your Lover," to his well known "Domino," and in between the down-to-earth, sexy, "I've Been Working," this album encompasses a spectrum most of his others do not, in that it is a transition including musical mysticism, blues, and pop (not a criticism but a complement). As a lover of his live bootlegs I find this to be one of the most satisfying studeo albums Van Morrison ever produced - period....more info
  • van needs a new robe
    good cd not great but van man lose the robe you are not a hippie an irish sorcerer yes not a hippie child hows that well ill be your lover too is amazing thats how it is and the rest aint bad either...more info
  • Mediocrity Illustrated
    Okay, I love Van but this isn't really much of a record. If you can find it cheap, I'd recommend it. But don't pay full price for it. There are quite a few good songs - Crazy Face, I've Been Working, Sweet Jannie and the hit Blue Money (annoying "Do do you do" refrain aside"). Then there are a couple of great songs: the downtempo I'll Be Your Lover Too and soaring Street Choir. And there's one excellent song: the big hit Domino, propelled by an excellent horn chart and funky beat. But there are a couple of issues. Van's never been much of a lyricist (it seems he spent most of his talents along those lines on Astral Weeks), and too many of these songs are pedestrian love tunes with predictable Moon/June/Spoon rhymes - If I Ever Needed Someone, for example. Also, there's a LOT of generic, faceless R&B - Give Me a Kiss, Call Me Up In Dreamland and Gypsy Queen, namely. It gets worse. Virgo Clowns is one of the most annoying songs this guy ever attempted, and Gypsy Queen suffers from an awkward falsetto (the same he would later employ on Warm Love, one of his most forgettable hits). Domino is one of the guy's finest moments, but sadly the rest of the record doesn't measure up. It's still a relatively respectable record, but it doesn't compare to Astral Weeks or Moondance. If you can find it used, go for it. Just don't pay full price. ...more info
  • All time fav
    If you are to buy one Van Morrison CD let this be it. ...more info
  • Great Album
    These reviews are always messy because the people that write them tend to be either extremely for or against whatever it is they are reviewing. I will do nothing to combat this.

    This album's five star rating is justified. Great opening track with "Domino," but it's not the best. "Virgo Clowns" is hauntingly beautiful (pardon the cliche), especially when Dahaud Elias Shaar comes in on his bass clarinet. The next track, "Gypsy Queen," is another R&B winner all the way.

    I read the _Rolling Stone's_ review of this album, and it was accused of being _too_ perfect--too much goodness on one album, like _Moondance_. That's a good point.

    Anything else I say would just be repeating everyone else, so just read some reviews, listen to the samples, and make your own decision. Chances are you're predisposed to like Van Morrison if you're already here anyway, which further suggests that you're likely to buy the album, or at least have a struggle of whether or not to pay 13 bucks for it. I'd advise you to take the plunge, but it's up to you....more info
  • Wow
    I wish somebody would tell me what is better than this Van Morrison compilation(Other than Caravan, Glad Tidings and Into the Mystic---My all-time favorites)This is superb Van Morrison. You feel like he's really enjoying the performance and his compadres play off each other. An all-around effort. Wow! Thanks....more info
  • So Soulful, So Sweet
    Coming 2 years after "Astral Weeks," Van Morrison has proven himself a worthy Pretender to the Throne of Blue Eyed Soul with "His Band and the Street Choir."

    While "Astral Weeks" is a masterful assimilation of many styles and influences, "His Band and the Street Choir" is more earnestly revelling in modes and means of American Soul. His earlier album is delicate and vague, while this later one is more muscular, direct, much less ambiguous. It's comforting that way, not having to guess what he's up to.

    He's celebrating his love for Janet and want's Everyone to Hear It and Get It. I get it and I like it. Not till 1990's "Enlightenment" would he come close to this consistently joyful a sound. It's a great thrill to experience his changes....more info
  • His band and the street choir
    I was satisfied with product and will use amazon again
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