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It's Too Late to Stop Now [Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Van MorrisonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)


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VAN MORRISON

The subtitle of Van Morrison's new album, Born to Sing: No Plan B, indicates the power that music still holds for this living legend. "No Plan B means this is not a rehearsal," says Morrison. "That’s the main thing—it’s not a hobby, it’s real, happening now, in real time."

This sense of absolute conviction, which has ... Read more in Amazon's Van Morrison Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000002GNN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ain't Nothin' You Can Do
2. Warm Love
3. Into The Mystic
4. These Dreams Of You
5. I Believe To My Soul
6. I've Been Working
7. Help Me
8. Wild Children
9. Domino
10. I Just Want To Make Love To You
Disc: 2
1. Bring It On Home To Me
2. Saint Dominic's Preview
3. Take Your Hands Out Of My Pocket
4. Listen To The Lion
5. Here Comes The Night
6. Gloria
7. Caravan
8. Cyprus Avenue

Editorial Reviews

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Given his early roots in Irish show bands steeped in American R&B, Van Morrison's power as a live performer is as riveting in his "on" nights as it can be frustrating when he's not in the mood. But his sheer power as a singer, and his long tradition of crack bands, has translated to an awful lot of good nights--enough to spawn three compelling live albums, of which this is the first and best. Recorded during his San Franciscan residency of the early '70s, with his ambitious Caledonia Soul Orchestra, this double album documents Morrison at an early vocal peak and benefits from a set list culled from his early solo masterpieces, including Moondance and Astral Weeks. As such, It's Too Late to Stop Now clicks as both anthology and coherent concert document--a classic live album. --Sam Sutherland

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van on a Great Night October 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Van, like Dylan as of late, can give mixed reviews when performing live. You don't know what you're going to get at a given show by the two of them... but on a great night, few are better or their equal.
I wouldn't recommend this album for the newcomer to Van: get his first two albums first. Then, indulge yourself on this album, & be prepared for a fantastic live set, as he was arguably at the peak of his powers.
He changes some of the arrangements & tempos on a few numbers, which makes for an interesting listen. This isn't a Eagles concert, where you know everything is "played to perfection." Van seems to really "wing it" at his live shows, which is part of his charm.
Plus, his backing band at the time, The Caledonia Soul Orchestra, was probably his best & they are in FINE form.... especially Jack Platania & Jack Schroer (guitar & sax). I can't stress enough on how great this band was for Van during the 70's.
He does some fantastic covers by Sonny Boy, Sam Cooke, & etc. along with his well known compositions. There is an amazing version of St. Dominic's Preview & Caravan.....
People are lucky, as this album has been out of print for a LOOONG time prior to its re-release. Anyhoo, great live set, & highly recommended!!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal November 17, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I'm not sure this is the best live album ever recorded; that honor may have to go to The Band's "The Last Waltz." But this is definitely up there. Van doesn't give great concerts any more, which is hard to believe when you listen to the groundbreaking verions of "Listen to the Lion," "Caravan," and "Cypress Avenue" on this compilation. Even songs that you wouldn't think could be pulled off live, like "Into the Mystic," are brilliantly done on this album. Van has two things which make him one of the towering figures in music: he has songwriting genius, and he has soul. The former can be experienced on any of his studio recordings, but to get the all the attitude behind this stout, ugly man, you must listen to him live. It's great, just great. I can't recommend it enough.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peerless April 8, 2006
By Doug
Format:Audio CD
Let me get it out now, I consider this the GREATEST LIVE ALBUM OF ALL TIME. Over the past 32 years I have worn out two vinyl versions and am on my third year in CD.This collection of Van's best music(it is the best of three nights in three different venues)captures one of the original geniuses of modern music at his absolute peak.Totally original yet completely accessible,Van brings blues,rock,folk,gospel,pop and soul together to the delight of a frenzied audience.Having seen him three times I know how rare this is.

The band he is with at this time could not be tighter or more accomplished. Give it a listen and the word "production " takes on a new weight.This is one of those very rare albums that grows in stature as the years pass by.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not a live album fan, but... February 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Live albums are so many times a way for a popular performer to get product on the shelves without the pressure of having to write new material and the cost of a big-time prodution budget, so it's easy for me to be cynical of them.
However, there are a handful of live albums over the years that prove to be definitive in an artist's catalog, and this is surely one of them. I picked up the original vinyl release in a used record store many years ago, and expected a good show with a tight band, but I was not prepared for what I heard. The expanded band playing an excellent mix of perfectly chosen covers and early Morrison classics, all with great, unusual arrangements, astounded and totally captivated me. I felt like I had just had an out of body experience.
Anyway, along ABB Live at the Fillmore and the Who Live at Leeds, this is a live album that, while maybe not transcending the studio versions, stands on its own as a testament of this man's unique genius.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best live album ever recorded. July 2, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I would consider this album the best live album ever recorded. Van Morrison is an artist who has the ability to put on a great live performance. This is him at his best. There are classic performances of Caravan, Cypress Avenue, Domino, St. Dominic's Preview, and Into The Mystic as well as some classic blues covers. I challenge anyone come up with a better live album. If you could only own one Van Morrison album, this should be it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Simple Review April 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
OK, before you read my review, understand that I am a 28-year-old lover of soul, rhythm and blues, and blues music who thinks that Van Morrison is the most soulful white man alive. I have hundreds of live Van albums and know his style backwards and forwards. Having said that,...
..."It's Too Late To Stop Now" is Van Morrison's best album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van on a Great Night October 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Van, like Dylan as of late, can give mixed reviews when performing live. You don't know what you're going to get at a given show by the two of them... but on a great night, few are better or their equal.
I wouldn't recommend this album for the newcomer to Van: get his first two albums first. Then, indulge yourself on this album, & be prepared for a fantastic live set, as he was arguably at the peak of his powers.
He changes some of the arrangements & tempos on a few numbers, which makes for an interesting listen. This isn't a Eagles concert, where you know everything is "played to perfection." Van seems to really "wing it" at his live shows, which is part of his charm.
Plus, his backing band at the time, The Caledonia Soul Orchestra, was probably his best & they are in FINE form.... especially Jack Platania & Jack Schroer (guitar & sax). I can't stress enough on how great this band was for Van during the 70's.
He does some fantastic covers by Sonny Boy, Sam Cooke, & etc. along with his well known compositions. There is an amazing version of St. Dominic's Preview & Caravan.....
People are lucky, as this album has been out of print for a LOOONG time prior to its re-release. Anyhoo, great live set, & highly recommended!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One great performance
Van at his best. Simple.Takes me back to when I bought the original on vinyl. can highly recommend this masterpiece.
Published 3 months ago by Gazza
5.0 out of 5 stars best
This is by far the best album vm has ever produced - b side rocks - cool live convert show
Published 8 months ago by Dutch
5.0 out of 5 stars the raw and the cooked
One of the candidates for the best CD of music from live performances, this 2-disc set is a joy to hear, especially if you feel that some of the fire has gone out of Van's studio... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I remember it.
I used to have this album in high school and hadn't listened to it since then. The first thing that struck me was the clarity and presence of the recording. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sam Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best live album ever recorded
Just buy this album, it is far and away the best live album I've ever heard. This is also Van's best album released.
Published 23 months ago by Go Rockies
5.0 out of 5 stars Best live album of all time by any artist? Probably
Van Morrison's "It's Too Late to Stop Now" released in 1974 is a double CD showcasing the best moments distilled from three live performances on Van's 1973 world tour: at The... Read more
Published on December 20, 2010 by The Guardian
5.0 out of 5 stars The best live album ever!
Ok, so I haven't actually listened to all of the live albums ever recorded, but after listening to Van Morrison's "It's Too Late to Stop Now" I hardly feel I ever have to listen to... Read more
Published on July 29, 2008 by Coffee Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC JAPANESE REISSUE
...Really without words! really a wonderful japanese reissue! In this time in SHM-CD, a new format, better than any other US reissue! buy this instead the US 2008 version! Read more
Published on April 1, 2008 by Rafael
1.0 out of 5 stars cant touch A Night in SF
Okay the only reason I am going to flunk this CD, its yes this is okay, is firstly, this CD cant touch A Night in SF double CD set, not in quality or sound. Read more
Published on July 10, 2007 by K. Tarin
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Morrison "A Beautiful Mind"
This CD simply shows Van at his best. When Van is at his best, as he is on "It's Too Late to Stop Now", NOBODY can top him. Read more
Published on June 30, 2007 by The Blue Baron
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