Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Preview: Moondance - Van Morrison (1-CD, 2-CD and 5-CD sets)

Artist: Van Morrison
Title: Moondance
Release Date: September 30, 2013
Label: Warner Brothers
Format(s): CD, 2-CDs, 5-CDs, DD

Moondance, one of Van Morrison's most beloved albums, will be remastered and re-released in a variety of formats on September 30 via Warner Brothers.

While the single-CD will just be the remastered album, the 2-CD set will include a second disc of eleven rarities from the recording sessions while the 5-CD box will have 53 studio tracks and a Blu-Ray Audio disc with a high resolution version of the album. The Deluxe Edition also has a book with liner notes by Alan White.

From the press release:

The Deluxe Edition unearths an amazing trove of unreleased gems that take the listener right alongside Morrison and his band in studio. There are multiple, often lengthy, takes from the recording sessions of nearly every track found on the 1970 original, including Glad Tidings, Brand New Day and Come Running. There are also early takes of I’ve Been Working, a song that would appear later that year on His Band And The Street Choir. The early version included here is quite different from the official album version. The Deluxe Edition also includes a Blu-Ray audio disc with high-resolution stereo and surround mixes of the original album, mixed by original engineer Elliot Scheiner, who also oversaw the new re-mastering of the album.

One of the most significant revelations is I Shall Sing, a Morrison original that was completed but left off the album. There are multiple takes of the song (spread across six tracks), plus a final mix of the finished song.
Moondance was originally released on February 28, 1970 to critical acclaim. The album reached number 29 on in the U.S. and 32 in the U.K.  Two singles were released from the set in 1970, Come Running, which made it to number 39, and Crazy Love which didn't chart. In 1977, the title track was finally released as a single but only made it to 92. It has gone on to become a radio staple despite not selling as a single.

Track List:

Moondance: Deluxe Edition (5 Discs)

Disc One (Original Album Remastered)
  • And It Stoned Me
  • Moondance
  • Crazy Love
  • Caravan
  • Into The Mystic
  • Come Running
  • These Dreams Of You
  • Brand New Day
  • Everyone
  • Glad Tidings
Disc Two
  • What do we call this Van?
  • Caravan (Take 1)
  • Caravan (Takes 2-3)
  • Caravan (Take 4)
  • Caravan (Takes 5-6)
  • Caravan (Take 7)
  • Caravan (Take 8)
  • I’ve Been Working (Early Version Take 1)
  • I’ve Been Working (Early Version Take 2)
  • I’ve Been Working (Early Version Take 5)
  • Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (Outtake)
  • I Shall Sing (Take 1)
  • I Shall Sing (Takes 2-3)
  • I Shall Sing (Takes 4-6)
  • I Shall Sing (Take 7)
  • I Shall Sing (Takes 8-12)
  • I Shall Sing (Take 13)
Disc Three
  • Into The Mystic (Take 10)
  • Into The Mystic (Take 11)
  • Into The Mystic (Takes 12-13)
  • Into The Mystic (Takes 14-16)
  • Into The Mystic (Take 17)
  • Brand New Day (Take 1)
  • Brand New Day (Take 2)
  • Brand New Day (Take 3)
  • Brand New Day (Take 4)
  • Brand New Day (Takes 5-6)
  • Brand New Day (Take 7)
  • Glad Tidings (Take 1)
  • Glad Tidings (Takes 2-4)
  • Glad Tidings (Takes 7-8)
  • Glad Tidings (Take 9)
  • Caravan Redo (Takes 1-2)
  • Caravan Redo (Take 3)
Disc Four
  • Come Running (Take 1)
  • Come Running (Take 2)
  • Come Running (Takes 3-4)
  • Come Running (Take 5)
  • Come Running (“Rolling On 4”)
  • Moondance (Take 21)
  • Moondance (Take 22)
  • Glad Tidings (Alt. Version)
  • These Dreams Of You (Alt. Version)
  • Crazy Love (Remix)
  • Glad Tidings (Remix 1)
  • Glad Tidings (Remix 2)
  • Glad Tidings (Remix 3)
  • Caravan (Remix)
  • These Dreams Of You (Remix)
  • I Shall Sing (Mix)
Disc Five
  • 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 (no video)

Moondance: Expanded Edition

Disc One – Original Album Remastered

Disc Two
  • Caravan (Take 4)
  • Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (Outtake)
  • Into The Mystic (Take 11)
  • Brand New Day (Take 3)
  • Glad Tidings (Alt. Version)
  • Come Running (Take 2)
  • Crazy Love (Mono Mix)
  • These Dreams Of You (Alt. Version)
  • Moondance (Take 22)
  • I Shall Sing (Take 7)
  • I’ve Been Working (Early Version, Take 5)

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