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Van Morrison ‘It’s Too Late To Stop Now’ Vol II, III, IV Coming

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on May 4, 2016

in New Music,News

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, in association with Exile Productions, Ltd., will release Van Morrison’s …It’s Too Late to Stop Now…Volumes II, III, IV & DVD on Friday, June 10.

A 3CD/1DVD collection of previously unreleased live concert recordings from Morrison’s mythic 1973 tour with the Caledonia Soul Orchestra, …It’s Too Late to Stop Now…Volumes II, III, IV & DVD collates peak performances originally recorded at three venues: The Troubadour in Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Civic Center, and The Rainbow Theatre in London. The set’s DVD features professionally-lensed live footage from the Rainbow Theatre, which originally aired on the BBC in the UK and is now available for the first time as a commercial home video release.

Often cited as one of the best live albums ever made, Van Morrison’s original …It’s Too Late to Stop Now… has been remastered in 24-bit high resolution sound and will be available in both 2-CD and 2-LP configurations, creating the first vinyl pressing of the album in more than 25 years plus availability of the album to hi-res partners (Mastered for iTunes, HD Tracks, Pono).

Morrison’s highly acclaimed 1973 concert album was compiled from eight sets of live performances–recorded at The Troubadour, the Santa Monica Civic Center and The Rainbow Theatre–and was notably free of any post-performance overdubs or studios “fixes”. …It’s Too Late to Stop Now…Voulumes II, III, IV & DVD returns to those original performances, first captured on two-inch 16-track analog tapes, and, through the mastery of noted engineer Guy Massey, puts the contemporary listener in the enviable position of being sonically present at each venue. All of the recordings on the new collection have been previously unavailable and none of them overlap with the performances on “Volume I” of …It’s Too Late to Stop Now….

“I am getting more into performing,” said Van Morrison in 1973, during his tour with his newly-formed Caledonia Soul Orchestra. “It’s incredible…. All of a sudden I felt like ‘you’re back into performing’ and it just happened like that…. A lot of times in the past I’ve done gigs and it was rough to get through them. But now the combination seems to be right and it’s been clicking a lot.”

Morrison’s 1973 tour found the Irish soul singer at the peak of his powers, returning to the stage to deliver scorching definitive renditions of the signature material comprising his catalog at the time, from the R&B/rock roots of Them to the haunting folk soul of Astral Weeks and Moondance in songs like Gloria, Into The Mystic, Warm Love, Domino and more. Accompanied by the 11-piece Caledonia Soul Orchestra, featuring two horn players and a four-piece string section, Van Morrison set a new standard for live performance while …It’s Too Late to Stop Now… raised the bar on what was possible on a concert recording.

Each disc on …It’s Too Late to Stop Now…Voulumes II, III, IV & DVD features previously unreleased performances, newly remixed from the original multitrack recordings by Guy Massey (the acclaimed engineer behind the remasters of The Beatles and Paul McCartney). Massey’s new mixes recreate the sonic atmosphere of each venue, from the standing-room-only intimacy of The Troubadour to the expansive excitement filling the 3,000-seat Rainbow Theatre.

The track list:

Volume II (Recorded live at The Troubadour, Los Angeles, May 23, 1973)
Come Running
These Dreams Of You
The Way Young Lovers Do
Snow In San Anselmo
I Just Want To Make Love To You
Bring It On Home To Me
Purple Heather
Hey, Good Lookin’
Bein’ Green
Brown Eyed Girl
Listen To The Lion
Hard Nose The Highway
Moondance
Cyprus Avenue
Caravan

Volume III (Recorded live at the Santa Monica Civic, California, June 29. 1973)
I’ve Been Working
There There Child
No Way
Since I Fell For You
Wild Night
I Paid The Price
Domino
Gloria
Buona Sera
Moonshine Whiskey
Ain’t Nothing You Can Do
Take Your Hand Out Of My Pocket
Sweet Thing
Into The Mystic
I Believe To My Soul

Volume IV (Recorded live at The Rainbow, London, July 23 & 24, 1973)
Listen To The Lion
I Paid The Price
Bein’ Green
Since I Fell For You
Into The Mystic
Everyone
I Believe To My Soul
Sweet Thing
I Just Want To Make Love To You
Wild Children
Here Comes The Night
Buona Sera
Domino
Caravan
Cyprus Avenue

DVD (Recorded live at The Rainbow, London, July 24, 1973)
Here Comes The Night
I Just Want To Make Love To You
Brown Eyed Girl
Moonshine Whiskey
Moondance
Help Me
Domino
Caravan
Cyprus Avenue

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