St. Dominics Preview by Van Morrison

The cover of Van Morrison’s sixth album “St. Dominic’s Preview“, was shot on the steps leading up to The San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1972. Other images on the album were shot at St. Anselm Church in San Anselmo.

The album was released in July 1972 on Warner Brothers  and reached number 15 on the Billboard 200 when it was first released.


Side One:
Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)
I Will Be There
Listen to the Lion

Side Two:
Saint Dominic’s Preview
Redwood Tree
Almost Independence Day


Van Morrison — vocals; acoustic, rhythm & twelve string guitars; backing vocals on “Listen to the Lion”
Jules Broussard — tenor saxophone, flute
Lee Charlton — drums on “Almost Independence Day”
Bill Church — bass
Ron Elliott — acoustic guitar on “Almost Independence Day”
“Boots” Houston — tenor saxophone, backing vocals
Mark Jordan — piano on “Listen to the Lion”
Connie Kay — drums on “Listen to the Lion”
Bernie Krause — Moog synthesizer on “Almost Independence Day”
Gary Mallaber — drums, percussion, vibraphone
John McFee — steel guitar on “Saint Dominic’s Preview”
Doug Messenger — electric, acoustic and twelve string guitars
Ronnie Montrose — acoustic guitar, backing vocals on “Listen to the Lion”
Mark Naftalin — piano, Moog synthesizer
Pat O’Hara — trombone on “Saint Dominic’s Preview” and “Gypsy”
Janet Planet — backing vocals
Tom Salisbury — piano, organ
Ellen Schroer — backing vocals
Jack Schroer — alto and baritone saxophones
Mark Springer — backing vocals on “Saint Dominic’s Preview” and “Redwood Tree”
Leroy Vinnegar — double bass on “Almost Independence Day”

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