A Sense of Wonder

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A Sense of Wonder
Studio album by Van Morrison
Released 1985
January 2008 (Reissue)
Recorded 1983
Genre Celtic soul
Length 43:08
Label Mercury (Original release)
Polydor (All reissues since 1990)
Producer Van Morrison
Van Morrison chronology
Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast
(1984)Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast1984
A Sense of Wonder
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher
(1986)No Guru, No Method, No Teacher1986
Singles from A Sense of Wonder
  1. "A Sense of Wonder" b/w "Haunts of Ancient Peace"
    Released: October 1984
  2. "Tore Down a la Rimbaud" b/w "Haunts of Ancient Peace"
    Released: 1985

A Sense of Wonder is the fifteenth studio album by Northern Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison released in 1985. On first release, original pressings had to be recalled when the W. B. Yeats estate refused to allow Morrison's musical version of the poem "Crazy Jane on God" to be included, as they believed his poems should only be set to classical music. Morrison substituted "If You Only Knew" for the Yeats' recording. (Later, perhaps due to Morrison's efforts, Yeats poems would be put to rock settings on a whole album).[1]

The 29 January 2008 reissued and remastered version of the album contains an alternative take of "Crazy Jane on God" and "A Sense of Wonder".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau C+ link
Rolling Stone (not rated) link

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Van Morrison unless stated otherwise.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Tore Down a la Rimbaud" – 4:09
  2. "Ancient of Days" – 3:37
  3. "Evening Meditation" – 4:13
  4. "The Master's Eyes" – 4:01
  5. "What Would I Do" (Ray Charles) – 5:10

Side two[edit]

  1. "A Sense of Wonder" – 7:09
  2. "Boffyflow and Spike"  – 3:06
  3. "If You Only Knew" (Mose Allison) – 2:56
  4. "Let the Slave (Incorporating the Price of Experience)" (William Blake, Adrian Mitchell, Kate Westbrook) – 5:26
  5. "A New Kind of Man" – 3:21

Bonus tracks (2008 CD reissue)[edit]

  1. "Crazy Jane on God" – 3:50 (Alternative take) (William Mathieu, Morrison, William Butler Yeats)
  2. "A Sense of Wonder" – 6:06 (Alternative take)




  • Producer and director: Van Morrison
  • Mixing: Jim Stern and Mick Glossop
  • Project coordination: John Walter
  • Sleeve design and art direction: Andrew Plewett
  • Cover art: Torchlight, London
  • Photography: Paul Cox
  • Horn arrangements: Pee Wee Ellis



UK Album Chart (United Kingdom)

Year Chart Position
1985 UK Album Chart 25

Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1985 The Billboard 200 61


Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1985 "Tore Down A La Rimbaud" Mainstream Rock Tracks 19


  1. ^ Hinton, Celtic Crossroads, p.246
  2. ^ Van Morrison Official Website