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Astral Weeks by Van Morrison ranked # 19 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums list.
Astral Weeks is a folk rock and R & B album by Irish musician Van Morrison released in November of 1968. Astral Weeks was critically acclaimed upon its first release and remains a cult favorite, in spite of never achieving significant mainstream success.
With varied rhythms and frenzied vocals, mixed with bizarre lyrics that evoke images instead of coherent ideas and narratives, Astral Weeks has been compared to the school of Impressionism in painting, which similarly seeks to evoke emotions associated with an image. While few would argue that Astral Weeks is a concept album, the songs do seem to link together and form an extremely loose narrative.
In 1997 Astral Weeks was named the 9th greatest album of all time in a 'Music of the Millennium' poll conducted by HMV, Channel 4, The Guardian and Classic FM. In 1998 Q magazine readers placed it at number 52. In 2003 the TV network VH1 placed it at number 40, while in the same year Rolling Stone magazine placed it at number 19.
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