- Almost Independence Day
Name = Amost Independence Day
alt Artist =
Saint Dominic's Preview
Released = July
track_no = 7
Recorded = Winter/Spring 1972
Folk rock, R&B
Length = 10:03
Warner Bros. Records
Ted Templeman, Van Morrison
Chart position =
Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)"
# "I Will Be There"
Listen to the Lion"
# "Saint Dominic's Preview"
Almost Independence Day"
Misc = "Almost Independence Day" is the closing song on
Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison's 1972 album " Saint Dominic's Preview". The song is ten minutes long and features Morrison trading guitar licks with Ron Elliott. [Hinton, Celtic Crossroads, p. 143]
In a 1984 interview, Morrison recalls that he took a cue for the first line from the following incident: [Flanagan, p. 373-84.]
I picked up the phone and the operator said, "You have a phone call from Oregon. It's Mister So-and-So." It was a guy from the group Them. And then there was nobody on the other end. So out of that I started writing, "I can hear Them calling, 'way from Oregon." That's where that came from.
The song is written in a stream of consciousness style of writing and was recorded live except for one high part on a
moog synthesizer(played by Bernie Krauseof "Space Odyssey" with the Byrdsfame). Morrison said he had "asked Krause to do this thing of Chinatown and then come in with the high part because I was thinking of dragons and fireworks." It has been said to be a sequel to " Madame George", although Morrison has said that was not his concept. [Yorke, Into the Music, p. 97]
Personnel on original release
Van Morrison: twelve string guitar, vocal
*Lee Charlton: drums
Bernie Krause: moog synthesizer
Mark Naftalin: piano, moog synthesizer
*Leroy Vinnegar: bass
*Flanagan, Bill (1986). Written In My Soul. Contemporary Books, Inc. ISBN 0-8092-5153-1.
*Hinton, Brian (2000). Celtic Crossroads: The Art of Van Morrison, Sanctuary, ISBN 1-86074169X
*Yorke, Ritchie (1975). Into The Music, London:Charisma Books , ISBN 0-85947-013-X
* [http://www.vanmorrison.co.uk/?m=Content&Content(record_id)=b2950180e54389f3cf9d93ad908ac00e# Lyrics and Audio Sample] 1970s, Saint Dominic's Preview
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