Released in 1969, Moondance is the third studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison.
Moondance, an album which – coming as it did on the heels of 1968’s not-entirely-commercial Astral Weeks – served to remind listeners that Morrison could offer songs that were easily accessible to mainstream listeners while still experimenting within different musical genres.
Written in Morrison’s mountaintop home on the outskirts of Woodstock, New York, Moondance was the first album where the singer/songwriter took a production credit, something which came about only because – as he was quoted in Ritchie Yorke’s 1975 book Into the Mystic – “no one knew what I was looking for except me, so I just did it."
Moondance was an immediate critical and commercial success. It helped establish Morrison as a major artist in popular music, while several of its songs became staples on FM radio in the early 1970s. Among the most acclaimed records in history, Moondance frequently ranks in professional listings of the greatest albums. The album went Gold in the UK and Platinum in the US, in recognition of 3 million sales.
- And It Stoned Me
- Crazy Love
- Into the Mystic
- Come Running
- These Dreams of You
- Brand New Day
- Glad Tidings