- Redwood Tree
Name = Redwood Tree
from Album =
Saint Dominic's Preview
A-side = "
B-side = "Saint Dominic's Preview"
Released = 1972
Recorded = Winter/Spring 1972
Folk rock, R&B
Length = 3:01
Warner Bros. Records
Producer = Van Morrison
Chart position = * #98 U.S.
Last single ="
Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)" (1972)
This single ="
Redwood Tree" (1972)
Next single ="Gypsy" (1973)
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Saint Dominic's Preview
Type = studio
prev_track = "Saint Dominic's Preview"
prev_no = 5
this_track = "
track_no = 6
next_track = "
Almost Independence Day"
next_no = 7"Redwood Tree" is the sixth song on
Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison's 1972 album, " Saint Dominic's Preview". It was released as a single and charted at #98 on the US Hot 100. It was not as successful a single as anticipated when reviewed by Rolling Stone for the album: "The affirmation of "Saint Dominic's Preview" is translated to the past in 'Redwood Tree', an ecstatic boyhood reminiscence centering on the image of a sheltering redwood tree. This beautiful, sensuous cut has the album's greatest potential as a hit single." [cite web |url=http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/vanmorrison/albums/album/186447/review/5945763|title=Van Morrison:Saint Dominic's Review|publisher=rollingstone.com|author=Stephen Holden |date=1972-08-31|accessdate=2008-08-08]
Biographer Johnny Rogan believes "Redwood Tree enshrined the beauty of Marin county." [Rogan, No Surrender, p.275] John Collis describes the song as "A charming if somewhat folksy reminder of Morrison's interest in country music at the time." [Collis, Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, p.132] Another biographer, Brian Hinton remarks: [Hinton, Celtic Crossroads, p.143]
'Redwood Tree' is a song of reconciliation, which seems to graft Van's Belfast childhood onto California, where redwoods actually grow, "Keep us from all harm", an invocation to the spirit of the ancient wood.
Personnel on the original release
Van Morrison- vocals, rhythm guitar
*Jules Broussard -
Bill Church- bass
Gary Mallaber- drums
*Doug Messenger -
*Janet Planet - backing vocals
*Tom Saisbury -
*Ellen Schroer - backing vocals
Jack Schroer- alto and baritone saxophones
*Mark Springer - backing vocals
*Collis, John (1996). Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, Little Brown and Company, ISBN 0-306-80811-0
*Hinton, Brian (1997). "Celtic Crossroads: The Art of Van Morrison", Sanctuary, ISBN 1-86074169X
*Rogan, Johnny (2006). Van Morrison:No Surrender, London:Vintage Books ISBN 9780099431831
* [http://www.vanmorrison.co.uk/?m=Content&Content(record_id)=b2950180e54389f3cf9d93ad908ac00e# Lyrics and Audio samples] 1970s, Saint Dominic's Preview
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