Sunday, 28 August 2016

Giving the Gift of Van

Now's a great time to buy Van product.  Van's birthday is on in a few days' time (August 31) and his new album Keep Me Singing drops at the end of September.  Anytime is a good time to buy some Van product.  Check the official website for merchandise or concert tickets.

It's Too Late To Stop Now - Vol. II, III, IV + DVD (Released 10/6/16)

It's Too Late To Stop Now (Volumes II, III, IV & DVD) is a three CD and one DVD collection of previously unreleased live concert recordings from Van Morrison's mythic 1973 tour with the Caledonia Soul Orchestra.  Total run time is 313 minutes.

CD1: Recorded live at The Troubadour, Los Angeles, May 23, 1973
CD2: Recorded live at the Santa Monica Civic, California, June 29, 1973
CD3: Recorded live at The Rainbow, London, July 23 & 24, 1973
DVD: Recorded live at The Rainbow, London, July 24, 1973

Keep Me Singing (To be released September 30, 2016)

Keep Me Singing is Van Morrison's 36th studio album and consists of 13 tracks - 12 original songs written and performed by Morrison, as well as a cover of the blues standard 'Share Your Love With Me' - written by Alfred Baggs and Don Robey and previously recorded by artists such as Aretha Franklin and Kenny Rogers.

Moondance (2 CD version) (October 22, 2013)

The two CD version of the expanded Moondance album is a good choice. It contains a remastered version of Moondance and another CD of highlights from the multi-disc expanded version.

The Essential Van Morrison (Released August 28, 2015)

A great 37 song overview of the man’s career.  I’m assuming some of your other best of Van CDs are worn out.  Very similar to the various Still on Top albums but still great.

Astral Weeks Live At the Hollywood Bowl (Released February 24, 2009)

This live album is from Van’s Hollywood Bowl shows of November 7 and 8, 2008, where he revisited his classic Astral Weeks album 40 years after its release.  The original songs were subjected to improvisation which must be heard.  Listen to the Lion and Common One are additional tracks.   

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