- Saint Dominic's Preview (song)
Name = Saint Dominic's Preview
alt Artist =
Saint Dominic's Preview
Released = July
track_no = 5
Recorded = Winter/Spring 1972
Folk rock, R&B
Length = 6:30
Warner Bros. Records
Ted Templeman, Van Morrison
Chart position =
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# "Saint Dominic's Preview"
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Misc = "Saint Dominic's Preview" is the title song on the
1972sixth album of Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. This song was also included on Morrison's acclaimed live album, " It's Too Late To Stop Now", released in 1974.
It is said to contain his most Dylanesque lyrics. The words form images but not a complete story as they are mixed with a variety of subjects such as cleaning windows,
Edith Piaf's soul, Yeatsand Hank Williams. Touching on the Belfast situation at that time ( The Troubles), there are references to "orange" boxes, " flags and emblems" and people determined "not to feel anyone else's pain."cite book |author=Hinton |title=Celtic Crossroads |pages=p.142 ]
Perhaps referring to his personal life and successful career at this time in his life are the lines::"All the restaurant tables are completely covered:"And the record company has paid out for the wine:"You got ev'rything in the world you ever wanted:"And right about now your face should wear a smile
Gary Mallaber (from the "
Moondance" album) plays drums on this song and Morrison's then wife, Janet Planet, is one of the back-up vocalists.
A re-mastered version of this song is included on the
2007compilation album, " Still on Top - The Greatest Hits".
Van Morrison on "Saint Dominic's Preview"
Morrison has said the song came to him in a stream of consciousness and that he later picked up a
newspaperand read an announcement of a mass that was being held in a St. Dominic's church in San Franciscofor peace in Belfast. [Rogan. "No Surrender", p. 274] As he told John Grissim:cite book |author=Hinton |title=Celtic Crossroads |pages=p.142 ]
I'd been working on this song about the scene going down in
Belfast. And I wasn't sure what I was writing but the central image seemed to be this church called St Dominic's where people were gathering to pray or hear a mass for peace in Northern Ireland. A few weeks later I was playing at a gig in Reno, Nevada. I picked up a newspaper, and there in front of me was an announcement about a mass for peace in Belfastto be said the next day at St Dominic's Church in San Francisco. Totally blew me out. Like I'd never even heard of a St Dominic's Church.
Appearance on other albums and videos
*It was one of the live performances recorded and included on Morrison's
1974acclaimed live album, " It's Too Late To Stop Now".
*"Saint Dominic's Preview" has been re-mastered in
2007and included on the compilation album, " Still on Top - The Greatest Hits".
*"Saint Dominic's Preview" is also one of the songs performed in 1979, on Morrison's first video "
Van Morrison in Ireland", released in 1981.
Personnel on original release
Van Morrison: guitar, vocal
Bill Church: bass
Gary Mallaber: drums
John McFee: steel guitar
*Janet Planet: backing vocals
*Ellen Schroer: backing vocals
Jack Schroer: alto and baritone saxophones
*Mark Springer: backing vocals
*Hinton, Brian (2000). "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.rollingstone.com/artists/vanmorrison/albums/album/186447/review/5945763/saint_dominics_preview RS Review: album/songs: "Saint Dominic's Preview"]
* [http://www.vanmorrison.co.uk/?m=Content&Content(record_id)=b2950180e54389f3cf9d93ad908ac00e# Lyrics and Audio Sample] 1970s, Saint Dominic's Preview
* [http://www.vanmorrison.co.uk/?m=Content&Content(record_id)=bcdf0ba5fecbc0ef8494bf0c7a15c7dc# Video: Saint Dominic's Preview, 1996]
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