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ziggytrix
(Dallas, TX)
Posted: Jan 20, 2018 13:59
 

I could have sworn I already made a sarcastic comment about "liking the part where he bleats like a goat" but I guess that must have been on literally any other Van Morrison song... {#Cheesygrin}

It's remarkable how enjoyable this song is despite (or is it because of?) his vocal style.
FamilyMan
(Continent's edge)
Posted: Dec 27, 2017 9:42
 

This was the second song to which I gave a rating of "ten".  (I've been here since 2005, or thereabouts). 

Today, on the "RP Classics" list, "Into the Mystic" was ranked ...

44. Van Morrison - Into The Mystic  (9.119)

 

Of the 2,693 songs I've rated, I've given the pinnacle rating to only thirty others. 

Moments ago, I reviewed those thirty to see if I might find amongst them one unworthy.  There was one which seemed so.  

So, I went over to You Tube and gave it another listen.  My instinct was confirmed.  Patsy Cline is right where she belongs - among Queen, Beethoven, and  Pink Floyd. et al. (but, amazingly, only a little higher than Puddles Pity Party's "Pinball Prison"). 

There's no accounting for taste, and there's no place like "Paradise".

Good health to Bill and Rebecca, and to you, my dear reader and comrade in music, in the New Year, and for many years to come. 


Dragonfly_Launch
(Conway, Ar)
Posted: Nov 22, 2017 17:19
 

May the spinning galaxy bless you every time you play this. 
gmichaelt
(45° 28' N / 73° 36' W)
Posted: Jul 28, 2017 20:27
 

I'm so tempted to rate this song!
RazzCat
(Montréal, Canada)
Posted: May 28, 2017 16:18
 

9 > 10
Heck, the entire album is a 10.


Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Oct 20, 2016 19:56
 

 djblitz wrote:

Congrats on posting one of the most pretentious ramblings in the history of RP. 

Had nothing to do with your past, eh?  Or EVERYTHING to do with it?  I can't understand your jibber-jabber. 

 
It should be pretty clear that DavidS_UK's disdain for Van Morrison having "nothing to do with his past" was meant as a tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic remark; I guess you really couldn't understand his jibber-jabber. 
djblitz
(Boston, MA)
Posted: Jun 16, 2016 13:04
 

 DavidS_UK wrote:
Another tedious whingeing offering from VM, pah!

Of course my rating of 1 is nothing to do with my past, in the late 70s (!), me a rain-drenched despatch rider delivering a big cheque to the aforementioned singer in his mansion in deepest darkest Oxfordshire, asking to use the phone to report completion of the job (standard thing done in those pre-mobile days) only to be told to "go and find a ***ing callbox!". So I have never liked the peasant since.

 
Congrats on posting one of the most pretentious ramblings in the history of RP. 

Had nothing to do with your past, eh?  Or EVERYTHING to do with it?  I can't understand your jibber-jabber. 


djblitz
(Boston, MA)
Posted: Jun 16, 2016 13:02
 

Forever linked to my wedding and the last song we danced too because I heard it on Radio Paradise years ago for the first time and fell in love with the song.  Thank you Bill, you are truly loved. 

 


Wilfrue
(The space between your reality and my dreams)
Posted: Jun 16, 2016 13:00
 

I know a woman who was on his security detail for years as he toured. He is a grade-A dingus from what she says. OK, but godamn can this man write and perform a song. So, I don't ever need to meet him, I'm just glad he makes all those records!
(delete)
Posted: May 20, 2016 18:54
 

 DavidS_UK wrote:
Another tedious whingeing offering from VM, pah!

Of course my rating of 1 is nothing to do with my past, in the late 70s (!), me a rain-drenched despatch rider delivering a big cheque to the aforementioned singer in his mansion in deepest darkest Oxfordshire, asking to use the phone to report completion of the job (standard thing done in those pre-mobile days) only to be told to "go and find a ***ing callbox!". So I have never liked the peasant since.

 
Wait.You were a fetchy-boy delivering a check to Van. And he's the peasant. OK. Get it. Its OK now, isn't it?
coloradojohn
(Re-booting at the foot of The Flatirons, BOULDER)
Posted: May 15, 2016 12:11
 

Truly one of the best recordings ever made, I think. The peaks hit and sustained on this track continue to radiate their artistic splendor!
MayBaby
(Savannah, Georgia)
Posted: Apr 13, 2016 10:21
 

 ronjohn wrote:

Funny, I am the opposite. It used to  annoy me, but now I love it. Go figure.

 
And we seem to like a lot of the same music, so yeah.
DavidS_UK
(Central England, UK)
Posted: Apr 13, 2016 10:21
 

Another tedious whingeing offering from VM, pah!

Of course my rating of 1 is nothing to do with my past, in the late 70s (!), me a rain-drenched despatch rider delivering a big cheque to the aforementioned singer in his mansion in deepest darkest Oxfordshire, asking to use the phone to report completion of the job (standard thing done in those pre-mobile days) only to be told to "go and find a ***ing callbox!". So I have never liked the peasant since.
Middleton
(along for the ride)
Posted: Apr 13, 2016 10:18
 

I SOOOOOOOO needed this for my soul today. Thank you, Bill & Rebecca!!! 

{#Good-vibes}
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Mar 25, 2016 14:52
 

my 17 yr old son is now having creative bursts in his basement room, painting scenic oceanic murals while listening to his music, a break from the intense school work he has been doing...and it is such a reward to see his creations and know he is responding to feelings, his need to respond and DO SOMETHING MAN!!! it's great  : )    soon he'll be falling for that special young thing and respond in his way, I tell him about Van's music, this song in particular without trying to force feed him my own brand of fabulous romantic sound, maybe he'll hear it, who knows, right?  : )   LOVE   go figure 
Jannne
(Tasmania 42 degrees South)
Posted: Mar 17, 2016 21:32
 

Divine sounds..... heard this live in Belfast a couple of years back - travelled half way round the world for the experience - was sooo worth it!!
Imkirok
(The Arctic Hinter Land)
Posted: Mar 17, 2016 21:30
 

9 > 10
jgoldst
Posted: Mar 13, 2016 11:30
 

My favorite Van tune!
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Mar 12, 2016 15:47
 

Posted: Jun 09, 2012 - 15:39
 

once again my gypsy soul's been rocked

and again   : )
Dazzerb
(Ireland)
Posted: Feb 15, 2016 4:14
 

incredible song
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Feb 10, 2016 0:17
 

http://readersbynight.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/ten1.jpg
ronjohn
Posted: Jan 09, 2016 11:14
 

 MayBaby wrote:

Yep. Loved the song for a long, long time but now? AAAAaaaaaaaaa hate it these days.

 
Funny, I am the opposite. It used to  annoy me, but now I love it. Go figure.
MayBaby
(Savannah, Georgia)
Posted: Dec 14, 2015 7:05
 

 Derecho wrote:
BLAAAAH-to the mystic
That's what I hear anyway.

 
Yep. Loved the song for a long, long time but now? AAAAaaaaaaaaa hate it these days.
pxd
(London, United Kingdom)
Posted: Dec 09, 2015 2:21
 

One of my top 10 songs ever, and an easy 10.  Please don't make me work out specifically what the other 9 songs are! pxd
NoEnzLefttoSplit
Posted: Nov 12, 2015 23:48
 

 fredriley wrote:

Make that 39, of which this lost little soul is one. Some artists get on your tits, and Morrison is one such. There's no rational reason - his voice grates on these lugholes, is all. No doubt that he's a brilliant artist with zillions of fans, but like Bob Dylan, his voice is like cheesewire in my brain. There is no objective measurement of "musical brilliance" - one listener's Godlike is another's Sucko-barfo, and long may that remain so.

He is a miserable bar steward on stage, I'm reliably told, barely acknowledging the audience (who've paid big bucks to attend) and never doing encores, but the faithful know that they're going to get that treatment and seem to actively appreciate it, much as some folk enjoy going to restaurants where the waiters are surly and insulting.

 
Fred, you obviously haven't heard me sing. I'm pretty sure I'd make Van sound like a Viennese choir boy.
Hannio
(Austin, TX)
Posted: Sep 11, 2015 7:59
 

Van's best.
jazzdevil
Posted: Sep 06, 2015 4:27
 

I can see the Moon dancing.
easmann
(Standing on Zanzibar)
Posted: Jun 04, 2015 5:50
 

 TerryS wrote:
As Giulgud reportedly said of Olivier: A very fine actor, but ohh, all that shouting.
 
"I understood that reference." — Captain America, The Avengers


... and it's "Gielgud", sorry. : )
Sir John spent many years directing the stage and in that capacity directed both Lawrence Olivier and Richard Burton on multiple occasions and admonished both of them, gently, about their tendency to "shout".
Bleyfusz
Posted: Jun 04, 2015 4:34
 

 kingart wrote:
SWEEEEET. So...soulful. Who hears Otis Redding?
 
Me. In the saxes. Now that you say it.
ShamanManu
(somewhere in between)
Posted: Jun 04, 2015 4:29
 

{#Good-vibes}
TerryS
(Another SW)
Posted: Apr 23, 2015 20:50
 

As Giulgud reportedly said of Olivier: A very fine actor, but ohh, all that shouting.
ppopp
(Portland, Oregon)
Posted: Feb 19, 2015 13:24
 

Love the music, but like Coldplay, the voice ruins it.
Derecho
(A Land Without Traffic Lights)
Posted: Feb 02, 2015 19:30
 

BLAAAAH-to the mystic
That's what I hear anyway.
Webfoot
(Eugene, Oregon)
Posted: Jan 28, 2015 15:37
 

 fredriley wrote:

Make that 39, of which this lost little soul is one. Some artists get on your tits, and Morrison is one such. There's no rational reason - his voice grates on these lugholes, is all. No doubt that he's a brilliant artist with zillions of fans, but like Bob Dylan, his voice is like cheesewire in my brain. There is no objective measurement of "musical brilliance" - one listener's Godlike is another's Sucko-barfo, and long may that remain so.

He is a miserable bar steward on stage, I'm reliably told, barely acknowledging the audience (who've paid big bucks to attend) and never doing encores, but the faithful know that they're going to get that treatment and seem to actively appreciate it, much as some folk enjoy going to restaurants where the waiters are surly and insulting.

 
You don't sound like a lost soul.
helgigermany
(Germany)
Posted: Jan 19, 2015 4:55
 

Nice!
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Nov 01, 2014 0:28
 

 calypsus_1 wrote:
 

 
MEDIC!!!
. . . Cancel that, he's just sleeping.
calypsus_1
(East of Eden)
Posted: Oct 17, 2014 12:23
 


Van Morrison and daughter Shana Morrison by Art Siegel.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/artolog/

Van and Shana Morrison.

Last night at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco." ..one more time again....I want to go there one more time again...Be still in haunts of ancient peace."

Van Morrison, piano, vocals, Shana Morrison, vocals, Alistair White, euphonium.This photo was taken on November 22, 2013 using na Canon EOS REBEL T3i.

Copyright All rights reserved

 


Eddie_Sanchez
Posted: Oct 17, 2014 9:40
 

My all-time favorite Van the Man song.{#Roflol}
bella494
Posted: Sep 30, 2014 17:13
 

Just tuned in 3 songs ago... you're killing me with kindness! great set. Thanks Bill
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Aug 25, 2014 7:10
 

 kingart wrote:
SWEEEEET. So...soulful. Who hears Otis Redding? 

 
He wishes he could sing as well or as soulfully as Otis Redding did.
fredriley
(Nottingham, UK)
Posted: Jul 30, 2014 6:39
 

 gjr wrote:
this is one of the few truly "perfect" songs


those 35 sad, lost little souls that gave this a 1.  i just don't understand - is it hatred or just blissful ignorance of musical brilliance?

 
Make that 39, of which this lost little soul is one. Some artists get on your tits, and Morrison is one such. There's no rational reason - his voice grates on these lugholes, is all. No doubt that he's a brilliant artist with zillions of fans, but like Bob Dylan, his voice is like cheesewire in my brain. There is no objective measurement of "musical brilliance" - one listener's Godlike is another's Sucko-barfo, and long may that remain so.

He is a miserable bar steward on stage, I'm reliably told, barely acknowledging the audience (who've paid big bucks to attend) and never doing encores, but the faithful know that they're going to get that treatment and seem to actively appreciate it, much as some folk enjoy going to restaurants where the waiters are surly and insulting.
MrsTom
Posted: Jul 30, 2014 6:34
 

Dislike VM generally but this is a classic. Baseline like Elvis' version of Gentle on my Mind. Just need to find a cover with someone else singing it ;)
paisleydancer66
(Austin, Texas)
Posted: Jun 14, 2014 7:26
 

{#Roflol}love love love Van
Webfoot
(Eugene, Oregon)
Posted: May 23, 2014 8:42
 

 stunix wrote:
this, BEG and Moondance we can keep, the rest of his bad hyped shite can go /dev/null

rated 1 because I worked for him and hate him.

  
Do you imagine you would get along well with every other artist putting out music you like?  I've read the stories about him too, but this is a "10" all day!
Jannne
(Tasmania 42 degrees South)
Posted: May 14, 2014 0:13
 

Ah, saw Van live in Belfast last year, he did an Into the Mystic~Vanlose Stairway combo which was stunningly and masterfully unforgettable
Tamster
(Thousand Islands Canada)
Posted: May 05, 2014 18:35
 

 stunix wrote:
this, BEG and Moondance we can keep, the rest of his bad hyped shite can go /dev/null

rated 1 because I worked for him and hate him.

 
it takes so much energy to hate......such a waste of your energy........too bad for you.
stunix
(You have to rate the bad ones to make the good ones you rated count.)
Posted: Apr 12, 2014 16:22
 

this, BEG and Moondance we can keep, the rest of his bad hyped shite can go /dev/null

rated 1 because I worked for him and hate him.
moodfood
(In a galaxy far far away)
Posted: Apr 12, 2014 16:22
 

this always takes me to special place in my mind - no worries.. {#Music}
Theotis
(Where it plays in the middle of it all)
Posted: Apr 02, 2014 11:34
 

This is it.  This is the song.  The song that makes one feel alive.
Terranathan
(The Emerald Isle)
Posted: Mar 21, 2014 12:23
 

{#Cool} gjr wrote:
this is one of the few truly "perfect" songs


those 35 sad, lost little souls that gave this a 1.  i just don't understand - is it hatred or just blissful ignorance of musical brilliance?

 
Totally agree, Ireland still has some great things to be proud of. thanks Van the Man.