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Its Too Late To Stop Now (Vinyl) [Live]

Van Morrison LP Record
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Given his early roots in Irish show bands steeped in American R&B, Van Morrison's power as a live performer is as riveting in his "on" nights as it can be frustrating when he's not in the mood. But his sheer power as a singer, and his long tradition of crack bands, has translated to an awful lot of good nights--enough to spawn three compelling live albums, of which this is the first and best. Recorded during his San Franciscan residency of the early 1970s, with his ambitious Caledonia Soul Orchestra, this double album documents Morrison at an early vocal peak and benefits from a set list culled from his early solo masterpieces, including Moondance and Astral Weeks. As such, It's Too Late to Stop Now clicks as both anthology and coherent concert document--a classic live album. --Sam Sutherland

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5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Mystic with Van the Man April 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
This two c/d set is from the great Van's concerts from the summer of 1973 recorded live in L.A. and London with his 11 emeber Caledonia Soul Orchestra (the string section is featured in the middle of Caravan). Maybe a little more blues in the song selections - two songs by Sonny Boy Williamson and one by Willie Dixon - than you might expect and how this album could completely shun 1972's Tupelo Honey album (at least he could have rocked the crowd with "Wild Night", correct?) is beyond me. The tempo for Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home To Me" does seem to drag a little, but this was probably Van's unique interpretation on that night. These are, however, the only relatively mild criticisms I would offer for a wonderful album. "Domino" really rocks, "Saint Dominic's Preview" is wonderful as is "Listen to the Lion". This is a much better album than the Live at the Belfast Opera House in my opinion. The ending on Cyprus Avenue is a great climax. The band is flawless, Van's vocals were never better. If I had to take just one of Van's albums away on an extended vacation this would be it, second is not even close. Buy this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the 3 "must have" Van albums... Jan. 3 2004
By kelsmj
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, this is one of the three MUST HAVE albums by Van Morrison. Get this, Saint Dominic's Preview and Astral Weeks and enjoy. Some great soul, R&B and just plain rock here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever Dec 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is the best album I've ever bought. It shows Van's talents and his ability to electrify any song! He does several covers from other artists that is awesome.
The most talented singer I've ever witnessed on album and Live!
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB LIVE ALBUM June 30 2003
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This album is so great because all Morrison's familiar classics gain something by these live performances. The band is tight, the audience appreciative and Van is firing on all cylinders. Old favorites like Into The Mystic and These Dreams Of You take on new rhythmic and vocal dimensions whilst I Believe To My Soul is a breathtaking R&B workout. I honestly prefer this magnificent version of Here Comes The Night with its flowing violins, although the original remains a classic too. Another stunning performance is Gloria, which I first heard in Patti Smith's version, but this one is amazingly gripping and powerful, as demonstrated by the enthusiastic reaction of the audience. I have very few live albums and as a rule I prefer studio sounds, but this grand album is infused with such spirit and warmth that it ranks amongst my favourite Van Morrison albums. It is also an ideal greatest hits album of his early career.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One Major Flaw Jan. 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm not a longtime Van fan like many of the other reviewers here. I've only recently begun digging deeper into his work after getting his BEST OF, VOL.1. I've never seen or heard him live before, so I had no specific idea what to expect. He turns in a generally strong collection of blues, R&B, soul & funk here with a fine backing band, complete with horns & strings.
Personally, I could've done without the tedious ballad, "Wild Children". This is fine for a studio album, but I felt it put a halt to an otherwise lively set. "Listen to the Lion" also isn't one of my favorite Van tunes. On the other hand, the version of "Domino" here seems fairly rushed. But my biggest complaint comes on Sam Cooke's classic "Bring It On Home To Me". Van practically butcher's this one, which he should have totally nailed. ("Leavinamebehinda"---What's up with that?! Poor Sam would be rolling over in his grave. For this little bit of sacrilege alone, I take off a point. Fortunately, Van recovers fairly well after this, & the tune features some beautiful sax & piano work, but what is done is done. For me the song is ruined.) Again, the vast majority of the performances here are well done, including one of my favorite Van tunes, "Saint Dominic's Preview", & the version of "These Dreams of You" included here is even better than the studio version. But I wouldn't recommend this as the first place to discover Van (and I'm a fan of live albums).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visceral SOUL Jan. 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
First, I am indeed a long-time "Van Fan", but that by no means influences this review. I am foremost a "live" music fan; that's where you'll find any true depth of soul that a musician can truly generate; however, to show that I'm not wholly biased toward Van, nor towards "live" albums, know that my Will specifically calls for me to be buried with my original copies of "The Allman Brothers: At Fillmore East" in my right arm, and Derek and The Dominoes: Layla" in my left arm. That much clarified, Van's 1973 "It's Too Late To Stop Now" is the quintessential, heart-wrenching, soul-rocking, performer / band / audience as "ONE" recording that you will ever experience---you WILL get wholly caught-up in this one---you'll laugh, sing, dance, cry, wail, and scream, more and more and more, each time that you listen to it. The epitomy of "SOUL", in any and every sense!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Live CD Aug. 7 2002
Format:Audio CD
This CD is timeless and of amazing quality. Van Morrison seems to make personal contact with the audience by virtue of the shear quality if his work. What sets this record about from other live records from that era is the professionalism and prefection of the performances. First rate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's a reason June 17 2002
Format:Audio CD
There's a reason most of the reviews are 5 stars. It's that Van is great and this record is one of the greatest of his great records.
No lie. Try. Buy. Become a Van man.
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