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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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4.0 out of 5 stars One Major Flaw Jan. 30 2003
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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 Van on a Great Night Oct. 13 2001
Format:Audio CD
Van, like Dylan as of late, can give mixed reviews when performing live. You don't know what you're going to get at a given show by the two of them... but on a great night, few are better or their equal.
I wouldn't recommend this album for the newcomer to Van: get his first two albums first. Then, indulge yourself on this album, & be prepared for a fantastic live set, as he was arguably at the peak of his powers.
He changes some of the arrangements & tempos on a few numbers, which makes for an interesting listen. This isn't a Eagles concert, where you know everything is "played to perfection." Van seems to really "wing it" at his live shows, which is part of his charm.
Plus, his backing band at the time, The Caledonia Soul Orchestra, was probably his best & they are in FINE form.... especially Jack Platania & Jack Schroer (guitar & sax). I can't stress enough on how great this band was for Van during the 70's.
He does some fantastic covers by Sonny Boy, Sam Cooke, & etc. along with his well known compositions. There is an amazing version of St. Dominic's Preview & Caravan.....
People are lucky, as this album has been out of print for a LOOONG time prior to its re-release. Anyhoo, great live set, & highly recommended!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Van on a Great Night Oct. 13 2001
Format:Audio CD
Van, like Dylan as of late, can give mixed reviews when performing live. You don't know what you're going to get at a given show by the two of them... but on a great night, few are better or their equal.
I wouldn't recommend this album for the newcomer to Van: get his first two albums first. Then, indulge yourself on this album, & be prepared for a fantastic live set, as he was arguably at the peak of his powers.
He changes some of the arrangements & tempos on a few numbers, which makes for an interesting listen. This isn't a Eagles concert, where you know everything is "played to perfection." Van seems to really "wing it" at his live shows, which is part of his charm.
Plus, his backing band at the time, The Caledonia Soul Orchestra, was probably his best & they are in FINE form.... especially Jack Platania & Jack Schroer (guitar & sax). I can't stress enough on how great this band was for Van during the 70's.
He does some fantastic covers by Sonny Boy, Sam Cooke, & etc. along with his well known compositions. There is an amazing version of St. Dominic's Preview & Caravan.....
People are lucky, as this album has been out of print for a LOOONG time prior to its re-release. Anyhoo, great live set, & highly recommended!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of ..THE best live record?
Yes, I dont care what anyone says..THIS IS THE BEST LIVE RECORD..EVER!
O.K. ABB at Fillmore East and....
Published on Jan. 11 2004 by Bruce Neilson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the 3 "must have" Van albums...
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004 by kelsmj
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever
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. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2003 by Ryan Sauls
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB LIVE ALBUM
This album is so great because all Morrison's familiar classics gain something by these live performances. Read more
Published on June 30 2003 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars Visceral SOUL
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2003 by William B. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Live 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. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2002 by J. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a reason
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.
Published on June 17 2002 by steve j spears
5.0 out of 5 stars A Simple Review
OK, before you read my review, understand that I am a 28-year-old lover of soul, rhythm and blues, and blues music who thinks that Van Morrison is the most soulful white man alive. Read more
Published on April 28 2002 by Patrick H. Martens
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Stars would be more appropriate!
I once read a review of this cd labeling Van's vocals as being terrible. I do not know what that reviewer was smoking! Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2001 by Mark D. Smith
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