What does it sound like?:
For the past month I’ve been immersing myself in this mammoth three cd plus dvd set.
Three different shows from the summer of 1973, each capturing Van Morrison at the top of his game, accompanied by the eleven piece Caledonia Soul Orchestra.
Each show has a slightly different ambience, but although all three excel, for me the show at The Rainbow is the pick of the bunch. Five songs from that cd also appear on the DVD, together with a further four performances not featured on the cd.
The set list varies from show to show, some songs appearing in several incarnations, others only once. All the performances though are previously unreleased, so there is no overlap with the original ‘It’s Too Late To Stop Now’ double album, which is also being re-released separately in remastered form as Volume 1 in this series.
What does it all *mean*?
What can I say – this is a superbly put together set, which has been well worth the long wait. This is a hard act to follow, but hopefully more reissues of the studio albums in similar expanded form will now follow
Goes well with…
Classic Van Morrison albums from all eras. This though is Van captured live at arguably the peak of his career.
Might suit people who like…
This monumental set is a must for both fans and for lovers of great music in general.