On Second Thought
Van Morrison – Veedon Fleece

By: Derek Miller

Posted 05/03/2007 - 10:31:40 AM by smezzer:
 great article on a very deserving album, and one which i certainly rank in the same league as Astral Weeks. My only issue is with you claiming Bulbs is "of course, the best". It's certainly the poppiest moment, with the groove and la-la-las being the obvious signposts, but the best? Obviously the best? I find it a bit too light to gain that title, and perhaps even a little grating at points. To me You Don't Pull No Punches.. is the greatest part of the lp. The piano, the vocal performance, the lyrics... its all absolutely stunning. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this article muchly
Posted 05/03/2007 - 11:17:54 AM by florenz6:
 I saw the cover, and I immediately started reading the review. I haven´t heared it for years(and years), but for me it was always one his best records. I like (this is now drawn from memory) the pastoral feel of the music that never becomes dull or boring and has a kind of subtile intensity working beneath its surfaces. Yeah, Astral Weeks, Veedon Fleece, and Common One... who will write about this even more overlooked album?
Posted 05/03/2007 - 11:47:37 AM by James_McKean:
 I enjoyed this piece. I wouldn't agree that its in the same league as Astral Weeks, mind you.
Posted 05/04/2007 - 12:48:31 PM by Richie_A:
 Good article.. this is one of my favourite albums by him, and it certainly doesn't get the attention it deserves.
Posted 05/04/2007 - 02:41:32 PM by cwperry:
 Never heard this one, though I dig early Van. This column has inspired me to pick up the album.
Posted 05/04/2007 - 04:56:26 PM by diggles:
 Nice! do Tupelo Honey next, his other unrecognized masterwork
Posted 05/04/2007 - 05:26:51 PM by garlad1:
 I've always preferred Van's "California" albums, probably because I'm from NorCal and the songs simply reek of S.F. streets, windy coastal nights, and warm communal country living. Plus, his band was crackin'. I'll check this album out though, simply cause I always thought 'Hard nose the highway' was his first album after returning to Ireland, and that one kinda sucked.