Moondance is the 1970 third studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. After the commercial failure of his 1968 Astral Weeks album, Morrison moved with his wife to an artistic hamlet in upstate New York and began writing songs for Moondance. There, he met the musicians he would record the album with at New York City’s A & R Studios in 1969.
Morrison abandoned the abstract folk jazz compositions of Astral Weeks in favor of more formally composed songs on Moondance, which he wrote and produced entirely himself. Its lively rhythm and blues/rock music was the style he would become most known for in his career. The music incorporated soul, jazz, pop, and Irish folk sounds into songs about finding spiritual renewal and redemption in worldly matters such as nature, music, romantic love, and self-affirmation.
Moondance was first released by Warner Bros. Records on 27 January 1970 to 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. Moondance has since been cited by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time. In 2013, the album’s remastered deluxe edition was released to similar acclaim. – Wikipedia