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Saint Dominics Preview Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (July 2 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000002GNL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
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1. Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
2. Gypsy
3. I Will Be There
4. Listen To The Lion
5. Saint Dominic's Preview
6. Redwood Tree
7. Almost Independence Day

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Conceived in the wake of his bucolic classics, Moondance and Tupelo Honey, 1972's Saint Dominic's Preview sustains their mix of crisp R&B ("Jackie Wilson Said") and anthemic folk-rock ("Almost Independence Day") while insinuating a darker, warier spirit to Morrison's music. In what would amount to the first major instalment in an on-going cycle of digs at the music business, the title song pits the singer's authentic art against the false idols of the predators and sycophants surrounding him--a familiar Morrison theme decades on but given a soulful urgency here that makes it tough to dismiss as the ravings of a career curmudgeon. --Sam Sutherland

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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 23 2006
Format: Audio CD
Here Van Morrison has found the perfect balance between catchy, immediately accessible pop songs and the longer, atmospheric explorations that characterize his most serious work. The familiar Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile), a joyful celebration of life and music, opens this album of consistent quality and legendary songs. Gypsy is a tuneful rollicking number with a singalong chorus, whilst I Will Be There with its great keyboards and sax reverts to Morrison's familiar R&B territory. The mystical excursion Listen To The Lion is a masterpiece of spiritual yearning where Van uses his voice as an instrument at times, moaning and growling along with the music. The title track is another gem, this time with a west coast country rock sound. The melodic Redwood Tree is followed by another of his classic pieces, the sprawling Almost Independence Day with its profound lyrics and soulful feel. St Dominic's Preview is a brilliant album packed with great songs in a variety of styles that Morrison had mastered and made his own at this stage in his career.
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This is one of my favourite Van M discs. I listen to it more often than probably any other, in part because it avoids some of the triteness of even classics like Moondance. The title cut gets my vote for best musical craftsmanship of all Van's output, though the lyrics aren't as uplifting or profound as Into the Mystic. Redwood Tree and Jackie Wilson Said are two of his finest pop songs, and the longer Independence Day and Listen to the Lion (side-enders of the original LP) both have an earthiness and majesty which endows the whole album with a weightiness absent from His Band... and Tupelo Honey.

This is a must-own for both fans and those with only a passing acquaintance.
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Now that Van Morrison was firmly based in America instead of his native Europe, it's no surprise that his music take on an even more American sound & texture to it. HIS BAND & THE STREET CHOIR (1970) was a very soul/R&B-based album, while TUPELO HONEY (1971) had a Band/country-rock feel to it. After such good albums, the streak was bound to end sooner or later, and with SAINT DOMINIC'S PREVIEW, it did for Van. It's hard to say whether Van really wanted to record another album, for PREVIEW is a lot like his classic ASTRAL WEEKS (1968), very improvisational & loose. But while ASTRAL WEEKS benefited from that attitude, PREVIEW suffers because of it. The two 10-minute plus epics "Listen To The Lion" & "Almost Independence Day" start out as normal songs, but wind up in an extended "ending" that almost has the listener wondering when the darn thing is gonna end. Some might say this was Van's jazz influences at work, but one of the keys to improvisation in jazz is keeping the listener interested. Van doesn't quite do that here. Those glaring problems aside, PREVIEW isn't a bad album besides. "Jackie Wilson Said" could have fit in on the soul-based STREET CHOIR, and its subtitle "I'm in heaven when you smile" is very appropriate with the bright feel of this song in general. Van's vocal opening is where his jazz roots are better displayed. "I Will Be There" is an even jazzier affair, but in a torchy ballad that was later revived for Van's jazz album HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON? (1996). The title track returns to the gospel sound of "Brand New Day" off of MOONDANCE (1970), as does "Redwood Tree". "Gypsy" is a bit more soulful, another surefire entry on STREET CHOIR that was probably intended for that album.Read more ›
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It's impossible for me to be objective about Van Morrison and I'm not even gonna try. His music has meant more to me over the years than any other. This isn't my favorite Van Morrison album, Astral Weeks is, but I've chosen to review this one because I think it best represents the many facets of seventies era Van.The lesser tracks here are all pleasant Tupelo Honey style soft rock, and that ain't a bad thing, but the five star rating is based on four cuts that stand out even in the exceedingly high standard that Van has set in his thirty-plus year career. The first of these is the wonderful "Jackie Wilson Said" that finds an upbeat and jubilant Van scatting over cartwheeling horns, it should have been a massive hit. The title cut is a moving account of Van's life in the New World with the gospel overtones he uses like no other singer. This is a guy who could sing the Belfast phone book (and to the uninitiated it may sound like he is) and make it soulful and deep. Almost Independence Day returns Van to the long introspective tone poems of Astral Weeks and would be the standout cut on a great album were it not for the magnificent "Listen To The Lion". Uplifting, and heartbreaking at the same time, it lasts nearly ten minutes, and when it's over you'll want to hear it again. And then once more. It's simply the finest single song in this giant's considerable repetoire. Van confronts all his dreams, all his doubts and all of the tangled web of the celtic diaspora and emerges triumphant. Sound a little too heavy? No way. He has the gift of the true soul singer in his ability to make his soul searching his listener's as well. It's a gift, and Van Morrison gives it to anyone who wants it. And yes, that is heavy metal hero Ronnie Montrose strumming acoustic guitar behind the Man. He knows.
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