Van Morrison and the World’s Strangest Album?

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There’s a lot of strange stuff out there in the music world. Captain Beefheart, Scott Walker and Lady Gaga are all resplendent in their oddness, but rarely have they produced something so downright odd as Van Morrison’s contractual obligation album.

The steely eyed Celtic singer has made a name for himself through the years as a pugnacious, if brilliant, soul singer. Always a solitudinous soul, Van Morrison has carved a unique career path singing songs about his hometown of Belfast, the capricious nature of love and people with brown eyes. On one New York evening in 1967 he stretched himself to tracks about ring worm, blowing your nose and a particularly acute existential crisis: whether to have a Danish or a sandwich. These tracks were the result of a particularly bad career decision in the mid-sixties.