Moondance [Deluxe Edition]

Moondance [Deluxe Edition]

by Van Morrison
     
 

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The long awaited remastered version of Van Morrison's best-selling album comes in a variety of formats. This deluxe version is encased in a hardbound sleeve containing five discs: the album in standard and Blu-Ray/5.1 versions, three discs of alternates and outtakes, mono mixes and an unreleased song. The package also includes essays by engineer Elliot Scheiner,

Overview

The long awaited remastered version of Van Morrison's best-selling album comes in a variety of formats. This deluxe version is encased in a hardbound sleeve containing five discs: the album in standard and Blu-Ray/5.1 versions, three discs of alternates and outtakes, mono mixes and an unreleased song. The package also includes essays by engineer Elliot Scheiner, writer Alan Light, and the original notes by Janet Planet. The three session discs are arranged chronologically from September through December of 1969. Disc one contains eight takes of "Caravan." Though all are inferior to the one eventually picked, most are solid, particularly the first and seventh takes. There are three early versions of "I've Been Working." Two are long, funky jams over 10 minutes; still raw; they didn't fit the album's flavor. A fine finished version appeared on His Band and the Street Choir. There's a fun, throw away read of "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out," followed by numerous takes of the previously unissued "I Shall Sing." Evidenced here, Morrison desperately wanted to include this song. He eventually cut it, not because it's inferior, but because it detracted from the tight balance he sought here. Disc three contains several takes of "Into The Mystic," commencing with take 10; most are so fascinating in their various approaches, it makes one wonder about the unincluded earlier ones. There are more than a handful of takes of "Brand New Day," with some real beauties among them; Morrison searches far and wide to capture the nuance in the lyrics. Four takes of "Glad Tidings" close it out, including one scratch take that's fast as hell, driven by the bassline. Its' similar in pace and melody to the refrain from "Brown Eyed Girl." But Morrison isn't referencing it for the hook, but rather to enunciate that groove for the band. Disc four contains very fluid and diverse takes of "Come Running," two takes of "Moondance" (whose horn charts are far more jazz-oriented that resemble the readings in his live set since the 1990s), and a slew of mono mixes. The final track is a monaural "I Shall Sing." It might be a compiler's trick but, since these mixes were done after the set was delivered, this inclusion makes it seem that he struggled with keeping this cut until the very end--at least as a B-side. The deluxe version of Moondance reveals that Morrison-the album's producer--knew exactly what he wanted throughout. Even his studio banter--there is pretty a fair amount--is all business. He was searching vocally through his phrasing and timbre, in the arrangements, and even through the studio (as an instrument) for the best way to make it manifest. This set proves he ultimately made all the right choices in the end. While the whole of the Moondance sessions may be too much for casual listeners, hardcore fans will find most of this a revelation.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2013
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227963859
catalogNumber:
536560
Rank:
54620

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. And It Stoned Me
  2. Moondance
  3. Crazy Love
  4. Caravan
  5. Into the Mystic
  6. Come Running
  7. These Dreams of You
  8. Brand New Day
  9. Everyone
  10. Glad Tidings

Disc 2

  1. What Do We Call This, Van?
  2. Caravan
  3. Caravan
  4. Caravan
  5. Caravan
  6. Caravan
  7. Caravan
  8. I've Been Working
  9. I've Been Working
  10. I've Been Working
  11. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out [Versio
  12. I Shall Sing
  13. I Shall Sing
  14. I Shall Sing
  15. I Shall Sing
  16. I Shall Sing
  17. I Shall Sing

Disc 3

  1. Into the Mystic
  2. Into the Mystic
  3. Into the Mystic
  4. Into the Mystic
  5. Into the Mystic
  6. Caravan
  7. Caravan
  8. Brand New Day
  9. Brand New Day
  10. Brand New Day
  11. Brand New Day
  12. Brand New Day
  13. Brand New Day
  14. Glad Tidings
  15. Glad Tidings
  16. Glad Tidings
  17. Glad Tidings

Disc 4

  1. Come Running
  2. Come Running
  3. Come Running
  4. Come Running
  5. Come Running
  6. Moondance
  7. Moondance
  8. Glad Tidings
  9. These Dreams of You
  10. Crazy Love
  11. Glad Tidings
  12. Glad Tidings
  13. Glad Tidings
  14. Caravan
  15. These Dreams of You
  16. I Shall Sing

Disc 5

  1. And It Stoned Me
  2. Moondance
  3. Crazy Love
  4. Caravan
  5. Into the Mystic
  6. Come Running
  7. These Dreams of You
  8. Brand New Day
  9. Everyone
  10. Glad Tidings

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Van Morrison   Primary Artist,Rhythm Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals
Judy Clay   Vocals
John Klingberg   Bass
Jeff Labes   Organ,Piano
John Platania   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Jack Schroer   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Collin Tilton   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Jackie Verdell   Vocals
Gary Mallaber   Drums,Vibes
Emily Houston   Vocals

Technical Credits

Janet Planet   Liner Notes
Craig Anderson   Authoring
Tony May   Engineer
Lewis Merenstein   Executive Producer
Van Morrison   Producer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer,Liner Notes
Neil Schwartz   Engineer
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
Steve Friedberg   Engineer
Lisa Glines   Art Direction
Elliott Landy   Cover Photo,Back Cover Photo
Alan Light   Liner Notes

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