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One of music’s true originals Van Morrison’s unique and inspirational musical legacy is rooted in postwar Belfast.
Born in 1945 Van heard his Shipyard worker father’s collection of blues, country and gospel early in life.

Feeding off musical greats such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Leadbelly he was a travelling musician at 13 ... Read more in Amazon's Van Morrison Store

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Product details

  • Vinyl (17 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00008G163
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,829 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Taking its title from a lyric at the end of "Into The Mystic" on "Moondance" (1970) - Van Morrison's live set "It's Too Late To Stop Now" was released in February 1974 as a double-album on Warner Brothers K 86007 in he UK and WS 2760 in the USA. It's always been a fan favourite and was equally championed by critics the world over at the time - muted by some as even being one of the best live albums ever made.

Well - on hearing it again after all these years on this superb-sounding January 2008 2CD remaster on Polydor/Exile 530 545-5 (Barcode 600753054550) - it's easy to see why everyone went nuts for it. "It's Too Late To Stop Now" is a magical body of work and with this latest sonic upgrade (including a Previously Unreleased bonus track) - it's never sounded better. Here are the jelly-rolls and mystical caravans:

Disc 1:
1. Ain't Nothin' You Can Do
2. Warm Love
3. Into The Mystic
4. These Dreams Of You
5. I Believe To My Soul
6. I've Been Working
7. Help Me
8. Wild Children
9. Domino
10. I Just Wanna Make Love To You

Disc 2:
1. Bring It On Home To Me
2. Saint Dominic's Preview
3. Take Your Hand Out Of Your Pocket
4. Listen To The Lion
5. Here Comes The Night
6. Gloria
7. Caravan
8. Cypress Avenue
9. Brown Eyed Girl [BONUS TRACK]

Produced by Van and Warner Brothers resident production genius Ted Templeman - "It's Too Late To Stop Now" was recorded in the Troubadour in Los Angeles, the Civic in Santa Monica (both in California) and the beloved and much missed Rainbow Theatre in London.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Pauley on 5 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I've been following Morrison since the beginning of his solo career and have seen him live on numerous occasions. I was at several of the concerts on the tour this album was recorded on, including the London and Dublin shows. Believe me, this is the best Morrison has ever sounded and this is the best band he has ever graced a stage with.

How a previous poster can describe this as "immature" is beyond me. Also I suggest he gets himself some new audio equipment or a new pair of ears, as the sound of this set is as far from "tinny" as one can get. This album has long been considered by fans and critics as not only one of the best live albums anyone has produced, but a classic album in its own right. Buy with confidence - the live Van doesn't get any better than this.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I like live albums. This is the best of the lot. Morrison has an electric band with a brass section and a string section. Lots of colour. Everything is well arranged but never staid or precise. Lots of little tight and fluid cameos from different musicians. But the cherry is Van Morrison's voice. He somehow goes into intense mode when on form and singing live and THIS IS IT! He sings phrases over and over to to convey the feel. His voice swirls and barks. At the end somebody shouts out "Turn it on." "It's already on!" he growls. It is - switched on to the full.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. R. LAW on 1 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is my favourite album of all time and I don't class myself as a big fan of Van. The previous review said the sound is tinny which I just don't get. It's produced by the great Ted Templeman and is really well engineered, highlighting John Platania's guitar, the piano and strings at all the right moments. The interaction with the audience is captured perfectly. The material is Van's strongest in my view and his voice in 1973 had matured from its Them era squeak to be a very good rock voice, capable of fronting a big band. Highlights for me are Caravan Listen To The Lion and I've Been Working. Play it right through. It's a blast!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2000
Format: Audio CD
The sheer bravado of this short, shuffling and tortured genius was exhibited here in 1972. His grandiose plan of taking his eclectic mix of jazz, R+B and soul,and adding a string section to it was ridiculous enough. To then add a huge brass section should have been disastrous. The actual result was breathtaking.If you get the chance to see the video-do so;if not just make sure you buy this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AK 1957-05 on 11 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I think the reviewer who describes this as "immature" and compares it unfavourably to "San Francisco" demonstrates the divide in the Van Morrison camp. Some people got on board around Have I Told You Lately and only know him as the gruff curmudgeon we see today. Some of us remember him as a young, lithe firebrand, however, someone not permanently hiding behind shades and grumbling about copycats, and this is an excellent document of that artist.

I have to say that the bluesy covers drag a little for me, but the rest really does justify this album's reputation as possibly the greatest live album ever (though my personal favourite is Tim Buckley's Dream Letter). From the quadruple whammy opening salvo of Ain't Nothin' You Can Do/Warm Love/Into The Mystic/These Dreams Of You to the triumphant finale of Cypress Avenue (and, in the case of this version, Brown Eyed Girl), the adrenalin only flags occasionally (in my opinion anyway) during the likes of I Just Want To Make Love To You.

Cypress Avenue itself is an absolute triumph - Morrison has surely never sung better in his life and the band and he are in total accord. There cannot be a more exciting moment in recorded music than when Morrison shouts the album's title at the song's climax and the band come crashing back in.

The additon of a good version of Brown Eyed Girl provides a nice chill-out moment, and then it's over.

Springsteen has spent an entire career trying to be this joyous, this intense, but there can only be one master.
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