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In November 1968.

In November 1968, “Warner Bros” label released “Astral Weeks”, the second Van Morrison studio album.It was recorded September – October at “Century Sound Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Lewis Merenstein. In 1995 “Mojo” magazine ranked “Astral Weeks” at number two on its list of the greatest albums of all time; in 1998 it was voted the 9th greatest album of all time in a “Music of the Millennium” poll conducted by “HMV”, “Channel 4” and “The Guardian”; in 2000, “Q” magazine ranked it at number 6 on its list of the “100 Greatest British Albums Ever”; in 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked it at number 19 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, and in 2006, “Time” magazine included “Astral Weeks” in its list of the “All-TIME 100 Albums”.

Personnel:

  • Van Morrison— vocals, acoustic guitar
  • John Payne — flute; soprano saxophone
  • Jay Berliner— classical and steel-string acoustic guitars
  • Richard Davis— double bass
  • Warren Smith, Jr.— percussion, vibraphone
  • Connie Kay— drums
  • Larry Fallon— string arrangements, conductor; harpsichord
  • Barry Kornfeld — acoustic guitar
  • Brooks Arthur — engineer
  • Ed Thrasher— art director
  • Joel Brodsky— photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Van Morrison.

Part One: In The Beginning

  1. Astral Weeks
  2. Beside You
  3. Sweet Thing
  4. Cyprus Avenue

Part Two: Afterwards

  1. The Way Young Lovers Do
  2. Madame George
  3. Ballerina
  4. Slim Slow Slider
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On April 1, 2003.

Elephant

On April 1, 2003, “V2 Records” released “Elephant”, the fourth White Straps album. It was recorded November 2001 and April 2002, at “Toe Rag Studios” and “BBC Maida Vale Studios” in London, and was produced by Jack White.The album won “Grammy” awards for “Best Alternative Album” and “Best Rock Song” for the song “Seven Nation Army”. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album at number 390, on its list of the “500 greatest albums of all time”. “Channel 4” ranked “Elephant”  at number 39, on its list of the “100 Greatest Albums of all time”. In December 2003, “NME” magazine made it their “Album of the Year”.

Personnel:

  • Jack White– lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, production, mixing
  • Meg White– drums, backing vocals, lead vocals, co-lead vocals
  • Mort Crim– speech on “Little Acorns”
  • Holly Golightly– co-lead vocals
  • Liam Watson– engineering, mixing
  • Noel Summerville – mastering
  • “The Third Man” – artwork
  • Patrick Pantano – photography
  • Bruce Brand – layout

Track listing:

All tracks by Jack White, except where noted.

  1. Seven Nation Army
  2. Black Math
  3. There’s No Home for You Here
  4. I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself – Burt Bacharach and Hal David
  5. In the Cold, Cold Night
  6. I Want to Be the Boy to Warm Your Mother’s Heart
  7. You’ve Got Her in Your Pocket
  8. Ball and Biscuit
  9. The Hardest Button to Button
  10. Little Acorns – Mort Crim and White
  11. Hypnotize
  12. The Air Near My Fingers
  13. Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine
  14. Well It’s True That We Love One Another