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Moondance (Expanded Edition)

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More than 40 years after its 1970 release, Van Morrison’s Moondance has been remastered and expanded to give fans a fuller view of the sessions that led to his most commercially successful solo album. On this expanded edition, the original set is accompanied by an 11-track "alternate" album that features eight of the album’s songs in alternate takes and mixes and three songs that never made it to the finished product, including the marvelously spirited “I Shall Sing” (which became a hit for Art Garfunkel), the outtake “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out,” and an early version of “I’ve Been Working,” a song that appeared on the His Band and the Street Choir album. These outtakes are among the highlights from the 60-track deluxe edition, which further explores the recording sessions with multiple, exhaustive takes of the songs listed here. Fans of the original album are treated to remastered sound on classics such as the Sinatra-like “Moondance,” the horn-driven “Caravan,” and the brooding and wondrous “Into the Mystic,” along with incredible previously unreleased takes.

Customer Reviews


Why is into the mystic cheaper than all the other songs? Usually the best ones are full price.
Great album, brings me back

Torn About This Release

I love this album, and really love the ability to hear what didn't make the cut, the alternate versions of some of my favorite Van The Man classics. But I have way, way too much respect for the artist - who was passionately opposed to this release - to fully embrace it's release. Five stars for one of the best albums, ever…and zero stars for the decision to release it against the artist's wishes.

What a masterpiece!

When I was 18, I had this album in my car, and I would listen to it all the time. This guy is on a different level; his voice, the arrangements, the, absolutely perfect!


Born: August 31, 1945 in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Equal parts blue-eyed soul shouter and wild-eyed poet-sorcerer, Van Morrison is among popular music's true innovators, a restless seeker whose incantatory vocals and alchemical fusion of R&B, jazz, blues, and Celtic folk produced perhaps the most spiritually transcendent body of work in the rock & roll canon. Subject only to the whims of his own muse, his recordings cover extraordinary stylistic ground yet retain a consistency and purity virtually unmatched among his contemporaries, connected by...
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