Your 10 favourite....Van the Man songs

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Your 10 favourite....Van the Man songs

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:04 pm

It was only a matter of time:

Astral Weeks
And It Stoned Me
Caravan
Crazy Love
Into The Mystic
Listen To The Lion
St Dominic's Preview
Full Force Gale
Spirit
Carrickfergus

(I don't generally approve of covers in these, but the latter just stands out for me as one of Van's finest moments.)

Another absurdly impossible one.
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Postby Mr. Average » Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:09 pm

Spanish Steps
Someone Like You
When the Leaves Come Falling Down
Natalia
Wavelength
So Quiet In Here
Philosphers Stone (Derek Zoolanders cover is "Philosophizers Stone")
Enlightenment
Kingdom Hall
Hungry for Your Love
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Postby Mike Boom » Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:11 pm

Madame George
Tupelo Honey
Stepping Out Queen
Cyprus Avenue
Listen to the Lion
Caravan
Its All In The Game
Summertime In England
Bright Side of the Road
Gloria
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Postby lostdog » Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:12 am

Impossible, but......

Joe Harper, Sarurday Morning
Astral Weeks
Madame George
Glad Tidings
I'll Be Your Lover, Too
Who Was That Masked Man?
It's All In The Game/You Know What They're Writing About
Summertime In England (preferably live, around the late 80s)
In The Garden
A Town Called Paradise

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Postby BlueChair » Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:40 am

What a huge body of work to go through!

1. T.B. Sheets
2. The Way Young Lovers Do
3. Sweet Thing
4. Into The Mystic
5. Blue Money
6. (Straight to Your Heart) Like a Cannonball
7. Gypsy
8. I've Been Working
9. Bright Side Of The Road
10. Fast Train
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Postby wardo68 » Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:36 pm

Astral Weeks
Slim Slow Slider
Straight To Your Heart (Like A Cannonball)
Saint Dominic's Preview
Fair Play
The Street Only Knew Your Name (Philosopher's Stone version)
Foreign Window
Coney Island
Spanish Steps
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Postby Richard » Sun Feb 04, 2007 8:14 pm

This was so difficult I felt guilty of how little attention I have paid Van in recent times.

Ballerina
These Dreams Of You
Cleaning Windows
Rave On, John Donne
Haunts Of Ancient Peace
Youth Of 1000 Summers
Let The Slave (Incorporating The Price Of Experience)
Almost Independence Day
Coney Island
Tore Down (A La Rimbaud)

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Postby Boy With A Problem » Mon Feb 05, 2007 3:17 pm

I Can Only Give You Everything
Glad Tidings
Cyprus Avenue
Jacki Wilson Said
Domino
And It Stoned Me
Brown Eyed Girl (overplayed - but a nearly perfect pop song)
Madam George
Cleaning Windows
Gloria
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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:03 pm

Is it because I nicked the gems off side 1 and you want to be original with These Dreams of You and Glad Tidings? Side 1 for me is streets ahead of side 2, so I was interested.

Been enjoying your flurry of top 10s, Richard. Lots of interesting choices!
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Postby King Hoarse » Fri Feb 09, 2007 5:33 pm

Madam George
Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
Ain't Nothing You Can Do
Caravan (Last Waltz version)
And The Healing Has Begun ("I can't stand myself!" favourite ad lib)
Cleaning Windows
Foreign Window (by the Acropolis with Dylan on harmonica from that documentary)
Raglan Road (Van on drums!)
I'm Tired Joey Boy
Real Real Gone

(Really hard, obviously. Lots of runners-up: Astral Weeks, Glad Tidings, Domino from It's Too Late, Snow In San Anselmo, Not Supposed To Break Down, Bright Side Of The Road, Scandinavia, Carrickfergus, Did Ye Get Healed? from Frisco, Going Down Geneva, When The Leaves Come Falling Down, Meet Me In The Indian Summer - my most hummed Van song of recent years, and Send In The Clowns from the Chet Baker at Ronnie Scott's dvd. Yeah. Hard.)
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Postby Richard » Sun Feb 11, 2007 7:27 pm

Otis, You certainly did select some greats from side one of Moondance. It would be hard to argue that Into The Mystic is not one of the all-time greats. Same as Listen To The Lion off St Dominic's Preview.

Still I stand by These Dreams Of You. I certainly wasn't trying to be willfully obscure, but picked what I loved the day I made the list.

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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:46 am

I like it and other side two songs well enough, but have always viewed that first side as one of the strongest sides ever. It's a mark of its quality that the only song missing is the title track, which is great, of course, but overly familiar. Listen to the Lion on It's Too Late To Stop Now is a strong rival to the studio version.
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Postby Jackson Monk » Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:47 am

Almost as hard as an EC top ten.

Into the Mystic
Coney Island
Fair Play
Enlightenment
Why Must I Always Explain?
You're My Woman
The Way Young Lovers Do
Madame George
Here Comes the Night
See Me Through
Glad Tidings
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Re: Your 10 favourite....Van the Man songs

Postby Fishfinger king » Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:00 pm

Otis Westinghouse wrote:Carrickfergus

(I don't generally approve of covers in these, but the latter just stands out for me as one of Van's finest moments.)

Another absurdly impossible one.


Otis speaks the truth (for once). When Van sings the bit about being "drunk today and I'm rarely sober", it gets me every time.

So...
1. Brown eyed girl (occasionally the most popular songs are so for a reason; no matter how many times I hear this, it still brings a smile and I know I'll never tire of it, which is very rare)
2. Carrickfergus
3. Fair play
4. Bein' green (not many other Muppet covers work as well as this)
5. Someone like you
6. You make me feel so free
7. Goin' down Geneva
8. Domino
9. Have I told you lately that I love you?
10. Joyous sound

Not forgetting: I forgot that love existed, Warm love, Wild night, Back Street Affair, Queen of the Slipstream, Snow in San Anselmo, And it stoned me, Dweller on the threshold, Cleaning windows etc etc
Is that so surprising nowadays?

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Postby Masterpiece? » Fri Mar 09, 2007 3:35 pm

The Way Young Lovers Do
Wild Night
When Will I Ever Learn to Live in God
Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Sweet Thing
Into the Mystic
Coney Island
Jackie Wilson Said
In the Garden
Fire in My Belly (I dunno why, it just sticks to me)


Ask me tomorrow, and it will include at least 5 different songs...
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Postby alexv » Fri Mar 09, 2007 9:18 pm

1. Moondance
2. Full Force Gale
3. Bright Side of the Road
4. Crazy Love
5. The Lion This Time
6. Carrifergus
7. Tupelo Honey
8. Raincheck
9. St. James Infirmary
10. Brown Eyed Girl

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Re: Your 10 favourite....Van the Man songs

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Sat Mar 10, 2007 11:54 am

Fishfinger king wrote:Otis speaks the truth (for once).

Is this a ref to my dislike of Jeff Tweedy (on certain songs, anyway, listen to his opening line on YHF and tell me that isn't truly dire, and I will roll over laughing? Or just a sore Gooner?
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Postby Fishfinger king » Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:33 pm

It's mainly being a sore Gooner.
I'm certainly more defensive about Thierry Henry than Jeff Tweedy.

Ho,hum.

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Is that so surprising nowadays?

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Re: Your 10 favourite....Van the Man songs

Postby Jack of All Parades » Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:39 pm

Have been trolling the 'back pages' of the annex and came upon this one amongst many such '10 Best' threads. Thought I would have a go at it but I do find it very daunting- it being such an extensive catalog. Fortunately the last couple of decades have been spotty as to real excellence. Here goes:


1 Brown Eyed Girl
2 And It Stoned Me
3 Moondance
4 Crazy Love
5 Caravan
6 Into the Mystic
7 Jackie Wilson Said
8 St Dominic's Preview
9 Autumn Song
10 Linden Arden Stole the Highlights
11 Full Force Gale
12 These Are the Days
13 Cleaning Windows
14 Real, Real Gone
15 Rain Check
16 What's Wrong With This Picture?
17 Once in a Blue Moon
18 Carrickfergus

Now I know this is not 10 but I just cannot leave out the entire first side of Moondance which has always seemed to my ears to be one of the perfect album sides. If that is removed I have a good baker's dozen but that would not allow for any of the Moondance songs. As said earlier, just too many top notch to keep to only 10 choices.
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Re: Your 10 favourite....Van the Man songs

Postby wardo68 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:12 pm

CS -- for the record, I don't hate any of those songs. Nice picks.

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Re: Your 10 favourite....Van the Man songs

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:31 am

Too much of the dull later stuff for my tastes. With you all the way re side 1 of Moondance (I almost never used to turn the vinyl over), so I'd stick with all 5 of those and cull the likes of 'What's Wrong With This Picture?' (there's a much better Lloyd Cole song with the same name!).

Nice to see a revival of one of the many 10 favourites threads. Used to enjoy all that silly listomania.
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Re: Your 10 favourite....Van the Man songs

Postby Jack of All Parades » Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:21 am

Otis- as previously stated a lot of vapid material in the Man's later material- in particular over the last two plus decades- but I have a special place in my listening heart for the "What's Wrong With This Picture" album. I think he caught the old spirit on that one despite the usual plethora of hateful 'industry' rags. It is the one record over that time span I play with regularity and truly enjoy.
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Re: Your 10 favourite....Van the Man songs

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:03 pm

Fair enough. Yes, it was the 'grumpy and wealthy old man biting the hand that's fed him for decades' aspect that turned me off on my one and only listening (at someone else's house, fortunately!).
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Re: Your 10 favourite....Van the Man songs

Postby Jackson Monk » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:14 pm

Hymns to the Silence was the last album I really loved but Enlightenment ran it close.
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Re: Your 10 favourite....Van the Man songs

Postby Jack of All Parades » Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:45 pm

I recall your liking Enlightenment from a perusal of back pages and your personal 20 favorites list. The single from that album has stayed with me as evidenced by my list[not so oddly it was intended originally for the Common One album and never really did seem to fit the mood of the rest of the record you find it on]. Have a deep respect for the song "Start All Over Again" from that record.
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