#17. “Astral Weeks” by Van Morrison

April 10, 2017 GMT

Album Score: 98.75Release year: 1968Album type: Studio albumGenre: Blues rock, chamber folk, folk rock”He didn’t use the phrase for a song title until a year later, but ‘Astral Weeks’ was the album on which Van Morrison fully descended ‘into the mystic.’ Morrison’s first full-fledged solo album sounded like nothing else in the pop-music world of 1968: soft, reflective, hypnotic, haunted by the ghosts of old blues singers and ancient Celts and performed by a group of extraordinary jazz musicians, it sounds like the work of a singer and songwriter who is, as Morrison sings in the title track, ’nothing but a stranger in this world.‴ -- Rolling Stone