Van — Them and now
Geoffrey Cannon, Melody Maker, 27 March 1971
Update, 2019: This piece continues that on "What's so special about Van Morrison", also here in the RBP archive, commissioned by Richard Williams as my Melody Maker editor and run in successive weeks in March 1971. Richard gave me scope not available in The Guardian to write long detailed pieces for readers who knew who I was writing about and who already had heard some of the music, with accounts of the best tracks, as here with 'Gloria' and 'T.B. Sheets', and with loving evocations of glorious genius.
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