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  • Summary: The live album features Van Morrison performing songs from his 1968 album, Astral Weeks, on November 7 and 8, 2008, at the Hollywood Bowl.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. All this deceptively timeless fluidity induces a wonderful mystic fog that might make you forget whether you're honoring a 40th, 5th, or 100th anniversary.
  2. Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl reveals a newly energized Van at the top of his game, fully engaged in the proceedings, and ready and able to sail into the mystic.
  3. Uncut
    80
    He pulls it off in style. [Apr 2009, p.91]
  4. Mojo
    80
    Nit-pick all you want but this is a tour de force, heady, joyful, ambitious, elegiac and--as with the 1968 original--unlike anything else. [Apr 2009, p.99]
  5. At its weary, lovely close, it becomes clear that Live belongs not to the listener but to the artist who created it. And that makes this album one of the most vital and electric he's made in years.
  6. He rushes through the tunes, slurring syllables as if enunciating the lyrics would be too much work even if he could remember all of them. And clearly, one day wasn’t enough rehearsal time for his hired band, who are so often in vamp mode while trying to figure out where Morrison’s going that they lose track of the tunes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. TomD
    Apr 9, 2009
    10
    I don't know what album the reviewers from NOW or Pitchfork were listening to, but it couldn't have been this. An engaging and I don't know what album the reviewers from NOW or Pitchfork were listening to, but it couldn't have been this. An engaging and hypnotic re-creation of a classic that has moments that can literally take your breath away. Sure, it's not the original, but this music is timeless; living, breathing and captivating after 40 years. Absolutely stunning and highly recommended. Expand
  2. SusanC
    Mar 3, 2009
    10
    He is the best! He has more talent in his pinky them most new entertainers today.
  3. TonyO
    Apr 30, 2009
    8
    Pretty good. Could easily have been a half-hearted cash-in, but it isn't. Whatever the indefinable quality was that made Astral Weeks so Pretty good. Could easily have been a half-hearted cash-in, but it isn't. Whatever the indefinable quality was that made Astral Weeks so special in the first place has not been lost - though to be fair this album is a little bit patchy, like most Van live shows. The extra tracks at the end actually help the mood, which was a surprise. And if you liked Live in San Francisco, then this is definitely for you. It has many of the same strengths. Yet another gripping version of Madame George, as well. Van fans, just go and buy it. Collapse