It's Too Late To Stop Now: Live (2CD) Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Live, Original recording reissued
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Named for the mighty Belfast singer's exhortation at the close of his song, Into The Mystic, It's Too Late!is oft-referred to as one of the greatest live albums ever recorded. Included in the first batch of remasters of the 'Man''s back catalogue, now's your chance to argue the toss again.
When Morrison hit the road in the Summer of 1973 -ITLTSN collects material from gigs in LA, Santa Monic and London - 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 ITLTSN 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 Van 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 (''You say in France!''): 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.
With just one bonus track (a version of Brown Eyed Girl) this polished edition gives you the chance to hear one of the best bands and their genius of a singer deliver the goods one more time, 35 years on. It's never too late! --Chris Jones
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Top Customer Reviews
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:
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
10. I Just Wanna Make Love To You
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
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
New issue out soon! And accompanied by several other volumes! AT LAST,Van in his prime.The BEST live album ever? I vote YES!!Published 1 month ago by Music Lover
Great album if you enjoy live suff and Van The Man. The Caledonia Soul Orchestra (horns and strings) give it a real vibe throughout. Top stuff!Published 3 months ago by C.J.Angwin
This is a legendary live album that's often rated as up there with "The Who Live At Leeds", "James Brown At The Apollo" and "The Allman Brothers Band Live At... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul Simister
An absolutely top drawer live concert, Morrison's first live release sees him at the peak of his performing career. Read morePublished 8 months ago by D J F
Absolutely superb album, one of his best live performances. Only wish I could get a dvd of it .Published 10 months ago by Kate Pearn
If there is a better live album I have not heard it yet - wish I could have been there.Published 23 months ago by Francis Mitchell