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Moondance (Deluxe 4 CD/1 Blu ray) [Box set]

Van Morrison Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
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Van Morrison went a long way towards defining his wild Irish heart with his first two classic albums: the brooding, introspective Astral Weeks and the expansive, swinging Moondance. If the first was the work of a poet, its sequel was the statement of a musician and bandleader. Moondance is that rare rock album where the band has buffed the arrangements to perfection and where the sax solos instead of the guitar. The band puts out a jazzy shuffle on "Moondance" and plays it soulful on "These Dreams of You". The album includes both Morrison's most romantic ballad ("Crazy Love") and his most haunting ("Into the Mystic"). "And It Stoned Me" rolled off Morrison's tongue like a favourite fable, while "Caravan" told a tale full of emotional intrigue. Moondance stood out in the rock world of 1970 like a grown-up in a kiddie matinee. --John Milward

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Super Deluxe five disc (four CDs + Blu-Ray) edition includes , three discs of previously unreleased music from the sessions, a 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. The package is presented in a linen-wrapped folio Includes a booklet with liner notes from Alan Light and original engineer Elliot Scheiner. Digitally remastered edition of the classic album from the Irish singer/songwriter. In the fall of 1969, Van Morrison entered the studio to record Moondance, the album that would soon become his commercial breakthrough and one of the most beloved recordings of all time. Following its release by Warner Bros. in February 1970, Moondance would later be certified triple platinum by the RIAA, inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame (1999) and named #65 on the list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" published by Rolling Stone (2003).

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moondance Deluxe Version (4 cd's and blu-ray) Oct. 26 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
You wouldn't be reading this if you didn't think Moondance was a great album. So instead of reviewing the original music or the alternate takes, I'm going to focus on my perception of the sound quality and mix of the 2013 remastered cd, the 192kHz/24Bit high resolution blu-ray, the Japanese manufactured cd and the original North American cd. I don't have a surround processor so I can't comment on the 5.1 mix and I don't have an lp version to comment on either. I bought the Deluxe set specifically to get the high resolution blu-ray, hoping that it would provide the best audio quality.

First things first. The 2013 cd and blu-ray in the Deluxe set are not just a remastering (i.e. cleaner sound, with a little boosting here and there to improve the sound quality of bass and drums, or compression to increase overall volume levels). Both of these are also a remix of the music. This means that the placement of instruments in the soundstage is different, the relative prominence of some instruments/vocals is different and the amount of reverb/echo is different. Depending upon what you value, you may or may not like these changes or more likely, you may have a mixed reaction.

In terms of sound quality, the 192kHz/24Bit blu-ray is excellent. The music is very clean with no hard edges or distortion and instruments sound very realistic. The musical content is well balanced from bass through mid-range to treble. This is the best "audio sound" of any version. This is what I bought the Deluxe version for!

The 2013 cd for some reason sounds very different. The bass is very, very boosted. So much so, that while listening on a good audio system with full range speakers, my attention is drawn to the bass every time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ice cold audio orange juice June 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's not as complex, beautiful and enigmatic as "Astral Weeks" and it's not as much of a soulful, one-two-punch workout as "Blowin' Your Mind," but for sheer, consistent, horn-driven happiness, you can't do much better than "Moondance."
But because of my affection for those other two disks, I admit, I generally tend to underrate this album. But "Moondance" keeps coming back to me in the most unexpected ways at the most unexpected times: I'll hear "Caravan" in "The Last Waltz," or "Everyone" at the end of "The Royal Tenenbaums" or "Glad Tidings" three times in the "Sopranos" Season 5 finale, or notice "Into the Mystic" on the PA at the grocery store and be reminded that I need to let it out to play more often. That's the sign of a truly great musical work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Crazy Love"...... Oct. 24 2013
By Breadmanwalking TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The remaster is stellar! Got a copy today downtown! This is one of the
best upgrades of music recorded 69/70..... This version will make a great
gift this coming holiday season....There aren't any remaster credits on the
Canadian pressing....but it is very well done! I am impressed....I think I'll
order a few from the Amazon seller. As of this writing, there is only $0.20 of
a difference between online/in-store....Delivered to my door for pennies more...
is a lot cheaper than "car-fare".....This is one of my best purchases this year!
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I had been pondering this purchase for a while, given the steep price. I have to say it has been worth every penny!

The BD disc is what all surround recordings should aspire to be. It's immersive and revealing without being intrusive or gimmicky. If "Into the Mystic" does not give you goosebumps, check your pulse.

I've owned every release of Moondance, including 3 vinyl incarnations, and am astounded at how this version made me feel like I was hearing it for the 1st time. I was disappointed when the Elliot Scheiner DVD-A Moondance project got shelved. Kudos to Warner for believing in his work, and bringing it forward to this format. Hopefully this will open the door to other masterpieces.

The bonus material is like spending the day in the recording studio with Van and his band - great stuff.

This package is highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Condition of product. June 4 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
I received the record with two bad skips on it.
Other than that, how can you go wrong with moon dance. It's timeless,
Other than the poor condition of the purchased product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moodance de Van Morrison May 17 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Certaines des ces chansons étaient inconnues, mais plus on écoute plus on apprécie certaines de ses chansons.
J'écoute aussi très souvent. J'adore la musique
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For the last 15 years or so I’ve been constantly checking everywhere for a re-mastered release of this masterpiece title (see chaztoronto list of Masterpiece Albums) and truth be told the long wait was indeed worth it.
What's the worth of a moonrock? Exactly.
Not only does this current release surpass in brilliant stereo re-mastering clarity but also includes 5.1 surround-sound mixes, which in itself is worth the price I have paid. That is to say that after my listening experience to this version I admit that I would gladly pay twice the price! However, I am a shrewd shopper who has the time to check out many sites nonetheless I usually find the most reasonable pricing comes from ImportCDs through amazon.ca, Van Morrison's Moondance being one of them.

The stereo mixes are pure digital with the surprisingly difference being that it delivers all the warmness of early vinyl (analogue) sound. ‘Nuff said.
And yet the real gems in this deluxe edition are the surround sound mixes (kudos to the engineer!) These (re)mixes are pure ear candy: the tracks contain a full spectrum of sound (lacking neither in highs, midrange or bottom-end) as well as a full separation of 5 channels+ sub-woofer. The sax solos stream into your Surround Right ear while the keyboards play in your Surround Left ear. Vocals are correctly sound staged in your Center and Rear speaker while the bass fills up the ambiance in your entire room!

In my entire collection of over 60 surround-sound titles, only a few albums can truly boast of ‘true’ surround sound and as such, Moondance will be rated at the very top together with the equally brilliant Eagles “Hell Freezes Over” and Queen “A Night At The Opera” 5.1 surround-sound versions.
Having said that, not everything is perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Van Morrison fans
I am a huge Van Morrison fan and have the original album but this expanded edition is a good addition to my collection.
Published 4 months ago by MaureenF
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I really like this album especially since it includes some of Van Morrison's oldies.The soud quality is great and worth listening to with a home theatre system.
Published 5 months ago by Brad Topping
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Awesome
Van Morrison thought the double disc shouldn't have been released he was dead wrong...if you're a Van Morrison fan you'll love this CD.
Published 7 months ago by Dwight Byron
5.0 out of 5 stars Remaster
Great sound and excellent album!.. Much improved sound quality over the old original album. Worth the re-purchase over the old version.
Published 7 months ago by C. B. Dunkley
5.0 out of 5 stars Best by far
I have all of Morrison's work up to the late 70's when (for me anyway). he became formulaic. Nice stuff but not necessary. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nomad
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Tastic!
The epitomy of Van! His voice is at its peak and his song writing has the frersh sparkle of youth. His melodies and instrumentation improve on later albums but this is the one that... Read more
Published 15 months ago by eeyoore
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Love this Van Morrison CD and I play it often. I can't say anything negative about the music selection on this CD and I highly recommend it if you're a Van Morrison fan.
Published 17 months ago by Mary-Lou Bird
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