Friday, 19 July 2013

Deluxe Moondance Box Coming

Warner Brothers will revisit one of Van's best-loved albums with an upcoming multi-format release of the 1970 classic Moondance.  Van has spoken out about the new release on his website claiming that its release felt like being ripped off all over again.  Many Van fans are completists and will regard this as a "must purchase", despite the criticisms from Van.    
On September 30 Warner Bothers will release the album in 1, 2 and 5 disc formats.    The five-disc deluxe version includes a newly remastered version of the original album, along with 50 unreleased tracks, studio outtakes, expanded versions, unheard mixes and studio outtakes of favourites like Caravan, Moondance and Into The Mystic.  I Shall Sing, a Morrison original that he completed but left off the album, is also featured as part of the collection, and includes multiple takes of the song (spread across six tracks), plus a final mix of the finished version.   There are multiple, often lengthy, takes from the recording sessions of nearly every track found on the 1970 original.  There are also early takes of I’ve Been Working, a song that later appeared on His Band And The Street Choir.
The single-CD will just be the remastered album and the 2-CD set will be the remaster plus a second disc of eleven rarities from the recording sessions.  The deluxe 5 CD edition will include 53 studio tracks and a Blu-Ray Audio disc with a high resolution version of the album. The Deluxe Edition will also have a book with liner notes by Alan White.
Moondance was originally released on February 28, 1970 to critical acclaim. The album reached number 29 on the U.S. charts and 32 in the U.K.  Two singles were released from the set in 1970.  Come Running made it to number 39 but surprisingly Crazy Love didn't chart. In 1977, the title track was finally released as a single but only made it to 92. It has gone on to become a radio staple despite not selling as a single.

Moondance Deluxe Edition Tracklist (5 CDs)

Disc One – Original Album Remastered
01. And It Stoned Me
02. Moondance
03. Crazy Love
04. Caravan
05. Into The Mystic
06. Come Running
07. These Dreams Of You
08. Brand New Day
09. Everyone
10. Glad Tidings

Disc Two – All Previously Unreleased
01. What do we call this Van?
02. Caravan (Take 1)
03. Caravan (Takes 2-3)
04. Caravan (Take 4)
05. Caravan (Takes 5-6)
06. Caravan (Take 7)
07. Caravan (Take 8)
08. I’ve Been Working (Early Version Take 1)
09. I’ve Been Working (Early Version Take 2)
10. I’ve Been Working (Early Version Take 5)
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (Outtake)
12. I Shall Sing (Take 1)
13. I Shall Sing (Takes 2-3)
14. I Shall Sing (Takes 4-6)
15. I Shall Sing (Take 7)
16. I Shall Sing (Takes 8-12)
17. I Shall Sing (Take 13)

Disc Three – All Previously Unreleased
01. Into The Mystic (Take 10)
02. Into The Mystic (Take 11)
03. Into The Mystic (Takes 12-13)
04. Into The Mystic (Takes 14-16)
05. Into The Mystic (Take 17)
06. Brand New Day (Take 1)
07. Brand New Day (Take 2)
08. Brand New Day (Take 3)
09. Brand New Day (Take 4)
10. Brand New Day (Takes 5-6)
11. Brand New Day (Take 7)
12. Glad Tidings (Take 1)
13. Glad Tidings (Takes 2-4)
14. Glad Tidings (Takes 7-8)
15. Glad Tidings (Take 9)
16. Caravan Redo (Takes 1-2)
17. Caravan Redo (Take 3)

Disc Four – All Previously Unreleased
01. Come Running (Take 1)
02. Come Running (Take 2)
03. Come Running (Takes 3-4)
04. Come Running (Take 5)
05. Come Running (“Rolling On 4”)
06. Moondance (Take 21)
07. Moondance (Take 22)
08. Glad Tidings (Alt. Version)
09. These Dreams Of You (Alt. Version)
10. Crazy Love (Remix)
11. Glad Tidings (Remix 1)
12. Glad Tidings (Remix 2)
13. Glad Tidings (Remix 3)
14. Caravan (Remix)
15. These Dreams Of You (Remix)
16. I Shall Sing (Mix)

Disc Five – Blu-Ray Audio disc with high-resolution 48K 24 bit PCM stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound audio of original album (no video)

Moondance Expanded Edition Tracklist (2 CDs)

Disc One – Original Album Remastered
Disc Two – All Previously Unreleased
01. Caravan (Take 4)
02. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (Outtake)
03. Into The Mystic (Take 11)
04. Brand New Day (Take 3)
05. Glad Tidings (Alt. Version)
06. Come Running(Take 2)
07. Crazy Love (Mono Mix)
08. These Dreams Of You (Alt. Version)
09. Moondance (Take 22)
10. I Shall Sing (Take 7)
11. I’ve Been Working (Early Version, Take 5)

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