TITLE: Tupelo Honey
YEAR RELEASED: 1971
CHART ACTION: #27
SINGLES: Wild Night (#28), Tupelo Honey (#47), (Straight to Your Heart) Like a Cannonball (#119)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Moonshine Whiskey
LINEUP: Van Morrison, Ronnie Montrose, Bill Church, Rick Schlosser, Connie Kay, Jack Schroer, Mark Jordan, Gary Mallaber, John McFee, Ted Templeman, Bruce Royston, Luis Gasca, Boots Houston, Ellen Schroer, Janet Planet
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A love song album to his wife, Janet Planet, after they moved to California.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Moving to California at the behest of his wife, Janet Planet, Van Morrison’s Tupleo Honey is filled with songs about love and their new adventure, while reflecting on their old life in Woodstock, NY.
Morrison’s songs this time were fairly straightforward in their subject matter, for a change, but the way Morrison sings them, the arrangements he and Ted Templeman came up with, and the evocative playing by the band is what makes them special. The feeling it puts into songs like the title track, “Moonshine Whiskey”, or “Old Old Woodstock” is almost incomparable.
I can’t find a fault with this album, to be honest. It’s an album of love songs, but it’s not goopy or cloying. It’s heartfelt.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Tupelo Honey is a honey made in Mississippi from the pollen of tupelo trees.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. This isn’t even streaming, as Morrison doesn’t like it since it’s about his now ex-wife Janet Planet.
GRADE A+: This one hits me right in the heart.