True to Morrison's form, he veered away from the almost sorrowful tone of Astral Weeks
to the more uplifting Moondance
in 1970, which became his first album to sell a million copies and also made the Rolling Stone
greatest albums list, at #65. The title track and "Into The Mystic
" received radio play for decades after their release. After continuing to make hit records, such as "Wild Night" from the Tupelo Honey
album, along with its country-tinged title track, Morrison took a step back from recording and performing in 1974. He said in a 1978 interview with Rolling Stone
that he had needed to get his "energy together, doing things I like to do, and just living as if I were nobody instead of somebody."