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Its Too Late To Stop Now (Vinyl) Live

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  • LP Record (Dec 9 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B001FENY4E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
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Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) paper sleeve pressing. Universal. 2008.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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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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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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Format: Audio CD
I've always thought it a damn shame that when you mention "Van Morrison", 90% of people will say "Uhh.....yeah, 'Brown Eyed Girl', right?" As "It's Too Late to Stop Now" proves from the first track to the last, there is SO much more to this phenomenal artist. I first got into Van when I heard "Wild Night" on the radio back in the early 70's. I bought "It's Too Late..." on vinyl when it first came out, but lost it somewhere over the years. I had forgotten how great it really was. In the Caledonia Soul Orchestra, Van put together the IDEAL band for his music. I defy anyone to find a tighter, more attuned group of musicians, even including the great live bands of James Brown. The horn and string arrangements are tremendous and provide the perfect environment for Van's unbelievable whispering, screaming, yowling and scatting vocals. The song selection includes R&B classics, and the best of early period Van including "Caravan" and "Cyprus Avenue". I actually prefer the version of "Listen to the Lion" here to the studio version on "Saint Dominic's Preview". Too many mind-blowing musical moments to count on this two disc set. Do yourself a favor. If you love Van Morrison, if you love rhythm and blues, if you love MUSIC, buy this CD NOW. Crawl into it, and LET YOUR BODY GO......
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Format: Audio CD
Live albums are so many times a way for a popular performer to get product on the shelves without the pressure of having to write new material and the cost of a big-time prodution budget, so it's easy for me to be cynical of them.
However, there are a handful of live albums over the years that prove to be definitive in an artist's catalog, and this is surely one of them. I picked up the original vinyl release in a used record store many years ago, and expected a good show with a tight band, but I was not prepared for what I heard. The expanded band playing an excellent mix of perfectly chosen covers and early Morrison classics, all with great, unusual arrangements, astounded and totally captivated me. I felt like I had just had an out of body experience.
Anyway, along ABB Live at the Fillmore and the Who Live at Leeds, this is a live album that, while maybe not transcending the studio versions, stands on its own as a testament of this man's unique genius.
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I'm not a rabid VM fan, but I have always had a love and a respect for the mans work. A friend recomended this album to me for my collection of live albums, and I was not dissapointed when I listened to it in a used vinyl store. After taking it home and getting intimate with it, I was impressed with the excellent live acoustics on this record (other live albums tend to be frought with sonic imperfections - The Mothers at Fillmore East, and Live at Leeds are some obvious examples). In fact, There are no overdubs on this record at all. Everything that happened onstage is on this record, and it all sounds good,(including minor musical mistakes, the drummer dropping a stick, and Van himself tapping the side of his mic in places!) These imperfections not only serve to make the whole set more believable, but they add a dynamic that you only get on stage. This is a fantasic album for anyone who can look past the imperfection, and feel the soul.
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