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It’s 50 years since Van Morrison recorded Astral Weeks. I am marking the milestone by playing it all the way through.

It crept out rather than being released: no singles were ever issued. It took time, and the blessing of John Peel, the Pope of modern music, but now it’s seen as the most significant work of a long career.

Eileen hates it so I have retreated within the bubble of my Bluetooth headset. When it’s done, I may play the much more recent live version.

It makes me feel as old as Sir Van, as in fact I am.

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