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

Unreleased footage captures the Northern Irish singer-songwriter at his leanest and rawest

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    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.

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    ..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:

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    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

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    DVD
    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

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