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Van Morrison: Astral Weeks

Sean O'Hagan, Observer, The, 20 June 2004

RECORDED in New York over two days in 1968, Astral Weeks still sounds like nothing before or since. Unlike other classic albums, Pet Sounds, say, or The Velvet Underground & Nico, it is not a record that has had a huge effect on the evolution of popular music. It is too intimate, too inward-looking for that, and may be the closest a pop record has come to expressing adolescent desire in all its confusions.

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