On Friday and Saturday, Van Morrison will be making some musical history at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. by performing his classic Astral Weeks album in its entirety for the first time. When Morrison recorded the 1968 release, his vocals and guitar were the first things committed to tape, with the whirling kaleidoscope of jazz/folk/baroque accompaniment overdubbed afterwards. Morrison says he "always wanted to do these songs fully orchestrated and live," but that he "never got around to it." He'll be joined onstage by some of the original Astral Weeks musicians, including veteran jazz bassist Richard Davis and guitarist Jay Berliner. Morrison is philosophical but clear-eyed about the emotional and artistic impact of his impressionistic song suite, telling the L.A. Times that "The songs are poetic stories, so the meaning is the same as always -- timeless and unchanging....People take from it whatever their disposition to take from it is."
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