We gave it an A-
This re-creation of Van Morrison’s 1968 classic, recorded in November, finds Van’s voice deeper and throatier, but no less prone to glossolalia and playful stuttering. The strings, flute, etc., are all present on Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl, albeit mixed more subtly into the acoustic-jam arrangements than on the original LP. All this deceptively timeless fluidity induces a wonderful mystic fog that might make you forget whether you’re honoring a 40th, 5th, or 100th anniversary. A?