Saint Dominic’s Preview by Van Morrison


Van Morrison, a Northern Irish singer and songwriter has released his sixth studio album “Saint Dominic’s Preview” by Warner Bros Records. It was released in July 1972. An American monthly magazine Rolling Stone declared it “most ambitious and best-produced record yet released”.

The album title was named “Green” but it was changed when Morrison wrote the song “Saint Dominic’s Preview” and used it as the title of the album after seeing the ad for peace vigil to be held at Saint Dominic’s Church in San Francisco.  

The title track of the album “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)” were blends of folk and soul. There are two lengthy tracks in the album “Almost Independence Day” and “Listen to the Lion” were given cathartic, Primal, and intense vocal performance by Van Morrison.  The tracks of the album are similar to his album “Astral Weeks” which was released in 1968.

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“Listen to the Lion” is an eleven minutes track begins with mellow opening and Morrison improvises new singing methods in it and turns himself into a lion with wailing, growling, and some other vocal techniques.

Saint Dominic’s Preview album reached number 15 on the Billboard 200 when it was released and remained Morrison’s best ever success in the United States until 2008.

Van Morrison was born at Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland on 31st August 1945. Morrison’s professional career was begun as a teenager in the late 1950s, playing a variety of instruments including harmonica, guitar, and keyboard for various Irish showbands.  He got prominence as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band “Them” in the mid of 1960s, where he recorded “Gloria” with garage band classic. His solo career started in 1967 under the guidance of Bertrand Russell Bern’s with the release of a hit single “Brown Eyed Girl”. After the Bern’s death, Warner Bros Records bought his contract and allowed him three sessions to record “Astral Weeks” and “Moodance” in 1968.

He received two Grammy Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 1994 and Americana Music Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. He was known by his nickname “Van the Man” to his fans. 

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