Tupelo Honey (1971)
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The Background: Nestled between His Band and the Street Choir and St. Dominic’s Preview is this much-loved ode to pastoral domestic bliss, which Á¢€” similar to Van’s other releases from the period Á¢€” makes a little room for overtly commercial material before spinning off into more abstract territory. Not as immediately captivating as some of his other early efforts, but long on charm regardless.
The Standards: “Wild Night,” of course, and the title track.
What You Didn’t Hear: “Old Old Woodstock” (download), “You’re My Woman” (download)
Billboard Chart Peak: #27