Van Morrison - ...It's Too Late to Stop Now…Volume I

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"...It’s Too Late To Stop Now...", Volume 1 is a live album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, originally released in February 1974 via Warner Bros. Records.

Named for the mighty Belfast singer's exhortation at the close of his show, (and originally in track “Into The Mystic”, It's Too Late To Stop Now is oft-referred to as one of the greatest live albums ever recorded. It was recorded during what has often been said to be Morrison's greatest phase as a live performer. The double album is composed of performances that were recorded in concerts at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, California, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and at the Rainbow in London from a three-month tour with his eleven-piece band, the Caledonia Soul Orchestra.

When Morrison hit the road in the Summer of 1973 he'd not only notched up a run of six absolutely flawless collections of what would probably now be referred to as 'soul jazz', but he'd also assembled a team of players that were the equal of his own perfectionism. Such was this perfectionism that the original running order was shorn of his most widely-known tune, “Moondance”, due to one bum guitar note. In other words this is one of the few live albums you'll ever hear with NO overdubs.

When you hear It’s Too Late… you realise why this had to be the case: Morrison’s blend of his own classics along with a fair smattering of tracks that influenced him is delivered with such passion, and belief that any studio tinkering would be like throwing a tin of paint over the Mona Lisa. In a live setting all the hyperbole about Morrison's blend of genres into one Celtic, mystic vision makes perfect sense. This is soul music in a very real sense.

It was also a sign of how Morrison had matured that he can deliver classics like Ray Charles' “I Believe To My Soul” or Sonny Boy Williamson's “Help Me” and make them his own. Not only this, he improves on his own compositions. “Cypress Avenue”, complete with the strings of the Caledonian Soul Orchestra may even be better than the original on Astral Weeks. Quite a feat. And just listen to how playful Morrison is on the improvised breaks: grunting, wailing, going beyond mere words in his striving to convey the heart of this music.

This is a master live performer at work. And enjoying it.

Check out the tracks: “Ain’t Nothin’ You Can Do”; “Wild Children”; “Gloria” and “Warm Love”.

This 2016 double LP remaster on black vinyl housed in a tri-fold sleeve, and reproduced artwork is pressed in Europe.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Ain’t Nothing You Can Do

3:44

A2

Warm Love

3:04

A3

Into The Mystic

4:33

A4

These Dreams Of You

3:37

A5

I Believe To My Soul

4:09

B1

I’ve Been Working

3:56

B2

Help Me

3:25

B3

Wild Children

5:04

B4

Domino

4:48

B5

I Just Want To Make Love To You

5:16

C1

Bring It On Home To Me

4:42

C2

Saint Dominic’s Preview

6:18

C3

Take Your Hand Out Of My Pocket

4:04

C4

Listen To The Lion

8:43

D1

Here Comes The Night

3:14

D2

Gloria

4:16

D3

Caravan

9:20

D4

Cyprus Avenue

10:20

SKU 889853232611
Record Label Exile Productions
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88985323261
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 10 June 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 01 February 1974
Barcode # 889853232611
Shipping Weight 0.5300kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Trifold Sleeve, Remastered Audio
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Blues Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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