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Veedon Fleece is the eighth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in October 1974 (see 1974 in music). Morrison recorded the album shortly after his divorce from wife Janet (Planet) Rigsbee. With his broken marriage in the past, Morrison visited Ireland on holiday for new inspiration, arriving on 20 October 1973 (with his fiancee at the time, Carol Guida). While there he wrote—in fewer than three weeks—the songs included on the album (except "Bulbs", "Country Fair" and "Come Here My Love").

It has been compared to Astral Weeks with the same "stream of consciousness" lyrics but musically it is more Celtic, acoustic and heavily influenced by Morrison's Irish trip. It has been called a genuinely underground album that he seemed to disown quickly after recording and has been referred to as Morrison's "forgotten masterpiece".


Track listing

All songs written by Van Morrison

Side one

  1. "Fair Play" – 6:14
  2. "Linden Arden Stole the Highlights" – 2:37
  3. "Who Was That Masked Man" – 2:55
  4. "Streets of Arklow" – 4:22
  5. "You Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push the River" – 8:51

Side two

  1. "Bulbs" – 4:18
  2. "Cul de Sac" – 5:51
  3. "Comfort You" – 4:25
  4. "Come Here My Love" – 2:21
  5. "Country Fair" – 5:42

Bonus tracks (2008 CD reissue)

  1. "Twilight Zone" – 5:48 (alternative take)
  2. "Cul de Sac" – 2:54 (alternative take)


  • Producer: Van Morrison
  • Engineers: Jim Stern, Dahaud Shaar (David Shaw), Jean Shaar, Elvin Campbell
  • Photography: Tom Collins
  • Art Direction: Ed Caraeff
  • Arrangements: Van Morrison, Jef Labes (string and woodwind)
  • Remastering: Ian Cooper, Walter Samuel

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