Album: It's Too Late To Stop Now (Remastered & Expanded)
Ain't Nothin' You Can Do
Into the Mystic
These Dreams of You
I Believe to My Soul
I've Been Working
I Just Want to Make Love to You
Bring It on Home to Me
Saint Dominic's Preview
Take Your Hands out of My Pocket
Listen to the Lion
Here Comes the Night
Cyprus Avenue - (Bonus Track)
Brown Eyed Girl
Personnel: Van Morrison (vocals, acoustic guitar); John Platania (guitar); Nathan Rubin, Tim Kovatch, Tom Haplin (violin); Nancy Ellis (viola); Terry Adams (cello); Jack Schroer (saxophone); Bill Atwood (trumpet); Jeff Labes (piano, organ); Dahaud Elias Shaar (drums).
Audio Mixers: Donn Landee; Walter Samuel.
Audio Remasterer: Tim Young .
Recording information: Rainbow Theater, London, England; Santa Monica Civic, Santa Monica, CA; Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographers: Ed Caraeff; Connie Root.
"Though he's released several fine live recordings over the course of his career, this is the definitive live Van Morrison album. From his fertile early-'70s Celtic soul-man period, this 2-disc set presents Morrison as one of the premier re-interpreters of American roots music. Backed by a loose-but-funky, horn-driven band, he recontextualizes Muddy Waters (""I Just Want To Make Love To You""), Sonny Boy Williamson (""Help Me""), and Sam Cooke (""Bring It On Home To Me"") for the post-Beatles generation.
At the same time, the versions of classic Morrison songs like ""Domino"" and ""Into The Mystic"" are even more fully realized than the studio recordings, with Morrison pouring his soul into every tune. The set list reaches as far back as Morrison's days with Them (""Here Comes the Night,"" ""Gloria""), and continues up through tunes from 1973's HARD NOSE THE HIGHWAY. A stirring, 10-minute-plus version of ""Cypress Avenue"" from ASTRAL WEEKS closes out the concert, and puts the cap on this stunning live document."
Q - 5 Stars (out of 5)
Q (Magazine) (p.141) - "[I]t's a vibrant, vital document in its own right, summarising his whole career to that point....He goes back to his more youthful Belfast days for a rip-roaring 'Gloria'..."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.97) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[O]ne of the greatest live albums ever made, Van flitting between impassioned readings of his best songs and stellar interpretations..."
Though I'm not especially keen on live albums, I would say this is one of the finest around. Morrison is fantastic soul singer in the studio, but live he shows a range and variety that amazes. Full of passion and dynamism, Van and his band blow away his peers. All the hits(!) are here. OK all his best tracks are here - Listen to the Lion is sublime.