CD Review: Van Morrison "Astral Weeks (Expanded & Remastered)

Sure, it’s a classic and plenty of ink has been spilled about it, but on this deluxe reissue, what emerges from Astral Weeks is how clearly you can hear Richard Davis in the mix; you literally get the sensation of his fingers moving over the strings as he coaxes a rich, earthy, and soulful tone from his upright bass.
By Bill Murphy ,

Sure, it’s a classic and plenty of ink has been spilled about it, but on this deluxe reissue, what emerges from Astral Weeks is how clearly you can hear Richard Davis in the mix; you literally get the sensation of his fingers moving over the strings as he coaxes a rich, earthy, and soulful tone from his upright bass. Highlights include the long versions of “Ballerina” and “Slim Slow Rider,” which restores the extended bass and soprano sax solos (by John Payne) that were faded out of the original release.