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Van Morrison revisits legendary 1973 tour in new collection, shares video for “Help Me (Live)” — watch

on June 03, 2016, 10:55am

Released in 1974 and composed of performances recorded with his eleven-piece Caledonia Soul Orchestra from May to July 1973, Van Morrison’s ..It’s Too Late To Stop Now… ranks among the greatest live albums of all time. Call it a case of picking exactly the right moments to catch a mercurial performer at the peak of his powers. The Northern Irish singer-songwriter gave everything he had to performances recorded at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and the Rainbow in London, and the resulting album stands up to any of his studio work from the same period.

That album is set to get a worthy (and lengthy) postscript when Van Morrison releases the follow-up, ..It’s Too Late To Stop Now…Volumes II, III, IV & DVD via Legacy on June 10th. The new collection returns to the same performances and includes a wide array of previously unissued live tracks, none of which overlap with the original release. Recorded on two-inch, 16-track analog tape and newly mixed by Guy Massey, the songs here catch Van Morrison at his leanest and rawest — nothing’s been fixed, nothing’s been overdubbed, and nothing’s been swept under the rug in the name of “polish.”

For a first taste of what’s in store, check out the premiere of the live video for classic song “Help Me” above. Recorded live at The Rainbow in London in July of 1973, the performance is featured on the DVD included with the set.

..It’s Too Late To Stop Now…Volumes II, III, IV & DVD Album Artwork:

Van Morrison Cover

..It’s Too Late To Stop Now…Volumes II, III, IV & DVD Tracklist:

Volume II
Recorded live at The Troubadour, Los Angeles 23 May 1973
01. Come Running
02. These Dreams Of You
03. The Way Young Lovers Do
04. Snow In San Anselmo
05. I Just Want To Make Love To You
06. Bring It On Home To Me
07. Purple Heather
08. Hey, Good Lookin’
09. Bein’ Green
10. Brown Eyed Girl
11. Listen To The Lion
12. Hard Nose The Highway
13. Moondance
14. Cyprus Avenue
15. Caravan

Volume III
Recorded live at the Santa Monica Civic, California 29 June 1973
01. I’ve Been Working
02. There There Child
03. No Way
04. Since I Fell For You
05. Wild Night
06. I Paid The Price
07. Domino
08. Gloria
09. Buona Sera
10. Moonshine Whiskey
11. Ain’t Nothing You Can Do
12. Take Your Hand Out Of My Pocket
13. Sweet Thing
14. Into The Mystic
15. I Believe To My Soul

Volume IV
Recorded live at The Rainbow, London 23 & 24 July 1973
01. Listen To The Lion
02. I Paid The Price
03. Bein’ Green
04. Since I Fell For You
05. Into The Mystic
06. Everyone
07. I Believe To My Soul
08. Sweet Thing
09. I Just Want To Make Love To You
10. Wild Children
11. Here Comes The Night
12. Buona Sera
13. Domino
14. Caravan
15. Cyprus Avenue

Recorded live at The Rainbow, London 23 & 24 July 1973
01. Here Comes The Night
02. I Just Want To Make Love To You
03. Brown Eyed Girl
04. Moonshine Whiskey
05. Moondance
06. Help Me
07. Domino
08. Caravan
09. Cyprus Avenue