Van Morrison's 1968 solo debut, Astral Weeks, is an unconquerable achievement. Conceived when the then-23-year-old was in the pitch of heavy drinking, the album stands as a wandering, mystical cycle of energy.
True to the stereotypes, Morrison drank heavily in his early life, once claiming that the link between his nationality and dependency was symbiotic. "You're Irish, number one," he said, "and you're a drinker, number two."
As St. Patrick's Day arrives in a tide of green beer and regurgitated corned beef, Astral Weeks calls to be revisited but with some reverence -- to both Celticism and the drink.More »