This album sucks!!!!! Van morrrisin more like van BORRISON,,!!!!! bitch
It's Too Late to Stop Now is a 1974 live double album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It features performances that were recorded in concerts at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, California, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and the Rainbow in London, during Morrison's three-month tour with his eleven-piece band, the Caledonia Soul Orchestra, from May to July 1973. Frequently named as one of the best live albums ever, It's Too Late to Stop Now was recorded during what has often been said to be the singer's greatest phase as a live performer. Volumes II, III and IV of the album were released as a box-set in 2016, also including a DVD. According to Elmore Magazine's Mike Jurkovic, when It's Too Late to Stop Now was first released in 1974, "everyone—and I do mean everyone—tripped over themselves to hail the two-LP set as one of the greatest live renderings of the rock era." Reviewing the album in Creem, Robert Christgau hailed it as Morrison's best since Moondance (1970) while writing, "Songs that wore poorly or were just lame in the first place have more force and tightness here than in their studio versions".
This album sucks!!!!! Van morrrisin more like van BORRISON,,!!!!! bitch
I am very glad to know this exists. Always a fan of Van's performance of "Caravan" at the Last Waltz alongside the Band, I am surprised I never sought out a full live album of his. And too because I really needed this evidence of Van's continued brilliance even after Astral Weeks and through his more pop-inclined, single-focused 1970s. This is an opus. I didn't get to give a deep listen last night. But I had on in the background while hosting a few friends and was truly saddened when the end was reached. A good time was had by all and I look forward to revisiting many, many times. This is immediately my 2nd favorite Van album and up there for best live albums.
Wow, totally in agreement with Charlie on this one! A great find. Van Morrison is in top form for this album which is RARE, as so much of his discography seems like a mixed bag, never quite reaching the heights of what you know he’s capable of. Here it’s him in top form, and his band is INSANELY tight! It just works! He’s got that one note he loves to wail on over and over, but when he does, I’m like yeah, that’s why I like Van Morrison. Should have known that he would be terrific live, as Astral Weeks sounds like it was essentially a lot of pseudo-live compositions. I’m a big fan of this sound. I will definitely keep it around. 5/5
Un dels grans discos en directe dels '70. Van Morrison en el seu millor moment creatiu (que no personal), després d'una sèrie d'àlbums imprescindibles, recluta una banda de primeríssim nivell amb músics clàssics, de jazz i de rock i s'embarca en una sèrie de concerts que el contemplen en la cúspide de la seva carrera. Versions de clàssics del soul i r&b, i poderoses lectures d'alguns dels seus millors moments en solitari i Them (tot i que no recull l'execució de 'Brown-Eyed Girl')
Ooh, double live album? Seems like a recipe for disaster to me, especially with how disappointed I’ve been with previous Van Morrison albums on here. But wait, Jazzy, Funky, Soulful. Well recorded, tightly performed and with extra spirit and life. A little shorter (trim the covers) and that’s a 5.
For a live album from the 70s, this was recorded remarkably well. The band is tight and the arrangements are solid. I appreciated the fact that while there was a certain looseness to the songs, they were still clearly meant to be largely played as written. There wasn't excessive noodling or extended improvisational sections which does plague live albums of this era. The music itself was nice and bluesy with some soul/jazz elements. Because of its live format, Van Morrison was unable to lean into some of his more experimental stuff and the songs come off as very straightforward. While enjoyable, this album was too long as well. However, due to the tightness of the music I feel like this is one of the best live albums of the 70s.
It seems truly impossible that this could be one of the 1001 most important albums of all time.
This is too long. The band are tight, but I find VMs voice a bit monotonous after a while: not enough variety in his delivery. Well- rehearsed, but a little too obvious for me. The clapping along though Gloria just made me think of those terrible tv 'talent' shows. You know from one song to the next where this is going. One of those albums that is technically great but I found it a bit lacking in actual soul.
I have precisely no interest in this, whatsoever. Even if it wasn't a double album (boo!) of live tracks (double boo!) I would have zero interest in it. Van Morrison is of utterly no consequence to me, and I genuinely find it hard to believe that he is to anyone else, either.
9th June 2023 Listened during the day on Friday while getting the house ready for Godparent weekend 1 w Sav and Sally and Seb and Justo. Loved this, made me want to listen to more of him. Played him all weekend! Now see where Nathaniel came from.
Before today I was only familiar with Van Morrison's popular songs (Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance), so I looked forward to getting to listen to more of his catalog. I don't know why I never delved any further into his stuff, because I really like the songs I know. This is the definition of a perfect live record. The band (Caledonia Soul Orchestra) is super tight, and you would swear that they had been playing with Van for years. The chemistry between them all was amazing. This album has no overdubs at all on it. Moondance was supposed to be on this record, but there was 1 bad guitar note on the recording, so Van threw it out. He wanted perfection for his live album, and that is what he got! Van dips his toes in folk, blues, soul, and jazz on this record, and is masterful at each! Overall, an epic live album. This is how a live album should be! Everything is perfect. The only critique I could make is that it kind of overstays its welcome with the last two songs (which account for almost 20 mins of run time between them). Both songs consist mostly of increasing volume and tempo, then lulls again while the band canoodles around. It just made the end of the album fall flat for me. I will, however, absolutely listen again!! Favourite songs: Domino, Gloria, Help Me, Ain't Nothin' You Can Do, I've Been Working, These Dreams of You, I Believe to My Soul, Saint Dominic's Preview, Bring It On Home To Me, Here Comes The Night Least favourite songs: Cyprus Avenue, Caravan 5/5
IMO one of the best live albums.
I’ve been listen’ so hard! What a nice live! Want to listen more albums to understand if it is the best album of Van. Let’s take the Van and ride to nowhere.
Incredibly tight band and a great performer
I have said before that I had never been a huge fan of Van Morrison, but this sort of thing might change my mind. If you can keep me engaged in a 90-minute live album, you've got me. These were stellar performances with a band that absolutely rocked. The songs were jazzy and rockin' and bluesy all the way through. Gotta give it up for this one.
Un titán Van Morrison en directo. Vinilo.
I'm always kinda lukewarm on Van Morrison but this one is different - my favourite Van record by a longshot; probably the only one (maybe aside from Moondance) that I'd seek out and/or recommend. Just a fantastic (perfect??) live recording - upbeat and engaging, and the tracks are actually *better* live with the full band. Love it, even at the length - if anything the 2nd half is better. Personal highlight: "St Dominic's Preview" 9/10 5 stars. (oh and p.s. fk Van Morrison for what he's become)
Can't believe this is nearly 50 yrs old.
Admittedly I only know of Van Morrison by his most famous song, “brown eyed girl”, and nothing else. I instantly became a fan of his listening to this live album and I will be seeking out more of his discography. This was an amazing recording. I generally dislike live albums due to poor quality, but this exceeded my expectations.
Fantastic live album, really accurate to his studio recordings but feels much more full, alive, and energetic, expressing unique flairs to make everyone stand out. It turned me on to so many deep cuts whose studio versions I had overlooked for too long. Hardly any weak points. Personally, I'd still prefer to listen to Astral Weeks and Moondance for the coherent album experience. But this is about as good as I'd expect a live album from Morrison, or for that matter anyone in his vein of baroque-folky pop music.
I've never heard a singer's voice sound so similar between their studio and live performances. The live performances of his songs are so much jazzier than his studio work too. This is a really awesome album that I'm glad I found through this book. Favorite tracks: I Just Want to Make Love to You, Caravan, Cyprus Avenue
Say what you want about the man, he's said some stupid things in the past few years and there are too many stories about what a dick he is to have any serious doubts as to whether or not they're true (some of the are actually so hilarious that I'd be disappointed if they weren't) but that being said this is Van at the height of his powers with an amazing backing band. Just incredible, I wish I could have been there but since I wasn't I'm glad someone recorded these shows, this is about as it gets.
I listened to this music during a corporate meeting at work today. Pretty good jam, made the meeting pretty enjoyable overall
Genius! If you don’t appreciate how good this gig must have been. Listen to more Van Morrison and appreciate how much he changed and orchestrated every track to make it unique. Education in live performance
Super groovy live album. Swingt heerlijk.
A fantastic album!! Like the Wiki article said, the performance is so good that even some mediocre studio tracks come to life in this concert recording! This will 100% be in my regular rotation.
Fantastic vocal delivery and life brought to the performance of these songs. It’s just too long.
Superb rhythm and blues soul. Wonderfully performed. Better than the two Van Morrison Greatest Hits collections? Perhaps.
Does not sound live! Good album
This is a good album but I'm not convinced that it's one I'd ever listen to again.
Yup, quite enjoyed that - I can see why it's celebrated as a great live album! Fave tracks - "These Dreams of You" from the first disc, and "Gloria" -> "Caravan" on the second!
Some nice easy listening that is not controversial. I think anyone from the age of like 2 to 100 would have a hard time getting worked up and negative about this. I enjoyed all these songs and if I heard them again I wouldn't turn them off. Somewhere between a 3 and a 4 (the live band is very tight, some real skill here). I'm going to go 4 because I'm in a good mood and also my next album in the line up is the notorious Spy vs. Spy.
This was quite an extended concert… while I am not sure I’m this big a Van Morrison fan, the music is great, the performance energetic, the arrangements great. Way up there as a live album, even if it is a lot more than I needed.
Nice takes on some familiar (and not so familiar) tunes. Makes me wish I was there.
I do enjoy me some Van Morrison. This live album didn't really add much to my life, though.
Great live album. Van Morrison is frustratingly inconsistent but is in fine form here.
I was really dreading this one when I saw it. I've had a pretty good run with Van Morrison so far on this list, despite the fact that I find him to be problematic as a person, he makes music that I enjoy more than I thought I would. I was hoping that we could leave it at that, but no, today I got served up a live album. I don't like live albums, and I don't see how I could possibly like a Van Morrison live album And yet, it's one of the best sounding live albums that I've ever heard. It's very clean-sounding, yet maintains the live energy. It's honestly kinda bullshit that that they did this to me and made me give another positive review to a Van Morrison album 4/5
This surprised me with how fun it was. There was so much life and energy on display from everyone here. It was so close to a 5 if Van Morrison didn't get away from himself just a bit too much. But my oh my do I wish I could have been at the Troubadour that night!
The man who stole my virginity, Van Morrison, we meet again. As much as I love the jowly faced old crooner, I simply cannot forget that he took my innocence in a violent act of self pleasure that left me with a lifelong struggle trying to figure out why he did it and who I am.
Well it's almost all the classics and rock solid live performance. It's unfortunate that Morrison has gone down this path of the contrarian British conservative-ish grump, but no need to hold that against this product of a simpler time.
I was a bit hesitant over this one, as I didn't particularly like the solo album I listened to. This is however a great live album. Kinda get Van the Man now.
This is a gutsy soulful performance that is reminiscent of the live LPs we’re received from Sam Cooke or James Brown. Van is confident and creative enough to change up the arrangements or his phrasing and his covers do justice to great artists like Willie Dixon and Ray Charles.
Great album that includes some fantastic songs. Going to take away a star though because I don’t think it needed to be a double album
Jazz. Soul. Blues.
Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Ain’t nothin you can do, Warm love, I believe to my soul
I'm a sucker for this sort of shit. Not knowing many of the originals might have helped. This sounds like an incredibly polished live set of performances. I suspect studio twiddling took place at a later date. It feels wholesome, it feels worthy. Which is not something you always want from dumb rock 'n' roll. But a sense of righteousness is never a bad thing.
4 Good shit
Van Morrison...who knew he was this good? Not I...I had pretty much despised Brown Eyed Girl and refused to give other songs listens in the past, but the dude is just great. 4/5
Van Morrison is one of those artists I don’t remember hearing for the first time, but whose music I definitely knew well before I could’ve been expected to. Specifically, I know “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Jackie Wilson Said,” and even “Moondance,” with all its sexual innuendos that surely eluded my youthful ear, were played around the house. As great as his best work is, especially the albums Astral Weeks and Moondance, I’m just not sold on over 90 minutes of live Van Morrison. Sure, this includes a number of his classics. Some of them, like “These Dreams of You” and “Domino,” do not disappoint. But some of the others (I’m looking at you, “Into the Mystic”) are much better listened to straight off the original LPs. His cover of “Bring It on Home to Me” sounds more than anything like Jimmy Fallon impersonating sixties soul through Van Morrison’s voice. I’m not sure why a live album like this one is included on the list when he has so many strong studio albums. But at the end of the day, Van Morrison could probably turn the Wiggles’ soundtrack into a heartfelt 12-minute ballad, so I have to throw a decent rating his way.
This is the best Van Morrison has ever sounded, hands down. And it really is one of the best live albums I've heard. The energy and vitality of the live show comes across perfectly and the band is legitimately on point throughout. The biggest problem is that it's an hour and a half long. That's too much. It's just too much, Van! It's long enough for the novelty of the live show to wear off and the banality of the songwriting to start to show through. Because, while there are some truly legendary performances here, there are also more than a few duds. Cull the 1/3 of these songs that are lame and you've got an absolutely legendary album. As it is, we're sitting at a pretty solid 4-stars which is good enough, I guess.
I listened to the live version and it was solid. I'm sure it would be better in the studio version so rating 4 as an assumption.
Love Van Morrison
Uh oh, now I’m in conflict! I hate live albums but I love Van Morrison. Hmm, what to do what to do? I dig his songs, I’m into it. I really wish it wasn’t live, but these are my jams so I’m grading for that.
Said to be one of the greatest live albums of all time. 3.8
For a live album from the '70s this seems very well put together. I think it's more of a 3.5 but I'm rounding up to four instead of down to three
Enjoyefd. Shuold listen when I want tohse vibes
Awesome Live album.... Full of energy
Typiquement un genre musical qui met de bonne humeur, c'est entraînant, les instrus sont bonnes. Ça me fait penser à "Everybody needs somebody"
Played this one on the way home then proceeded to listen to Van for the rest of the night. So many great songs and so much variety. For some reason I'd sort of forgotten about him for the past few years. On an unrelated note, Stuart Murdoch from Belle & Sebastian really looks like the younger Van Morrison...
This was a decent live albums, Van certainly has a tight band and they played the hits. Pretty good overall
first gotta give hats off to the man; he’s an absolute unit. this concert expertly flows from blues to funk to sentimental sad string stuff. he’s a master of his craft. having said that it’s very classic Rockin Daddy boomer music. ok it’s dated. very of its time. his voice while powerful and dynamic is not very beautiful. it’s sort of grating at times but it is very distinct so there’s that. great production, masterful performances by all.
Really enjoy Morrison's sound
Certainly enjoyable music and a good performance however the combination of live album and 90 minutes runtime just make it hard for me to see this being suitable to be included in this list and compare it to studio albums
3.6 - Not my first choice for either a live album or Van Morrison album. Mostly it reads as a residency in Las Vegas, complete with singer and audience in tired evening wear, and women dabbing moist eyes and moist vaginas.
I love Van, but not his best songs
Live albums are cheating. This is way too long.
Great performances from a terrible human.
I guess I can see a little of why Van Morrison was such an arse about being able to tour in the middle of a global pandemic. He clearly enjoys performing live and he's really good at it. This album, recorded live in 1973, should be a great example of Morrison in his prime as a live performer, and he mostly delivers in that regard. He's in excellent voice on the album and the band supports him nicely. These songs sound nearly as good as the studio recordings, with that added bit of energy, improvisation and grit you can only hear in a live performance. The whole performance has a small club vibe to it, which is nice. I agree with reviewers who say he has better songs, but the casual Van Morrison listener will find a lot of recognizable songs to enjoy here. His covers of Ray Charles, Sonny Boy Williamson II and others in general are great, among the best songs here. I could have done without this being a double album, but I still enjoyed it. Fave Songs: Saint Dominic's Preview, Caravan, I Believe to My Soul, I've Been Working, Listen to the Lion, Domino
It was alright, but it didnt pop as it should. Felt like it tried to be James Brown but without the energy.
As far as live albums go this is a pretty good one. I'm not familar with the majority of songs on this album so it was nice to hear a different side of Van Morrison. Fave tracks Warm Love, Wild Children, Saint Dominic's Preview.
This was decent, particularly for a live album, but not as good as Moondance which we had before. Some decent energy in it in places, and obviously the songs are decent, but it doesn't have the pace/energy to keep it up for the length of the album. 3/5.
Good in the background. A little boring to listen to with full attention all the way through.
Covers outside of his usual style as part of a double live album is not really what I'm looking for when I put on a VM album, but it was well done and showed his versatility, so. Best track: Gloria
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There's very few LIVE albums that I'd rate worthy of 'must-listen' status and regardless its technological innovations, recording quality and tightness of Van & The Band, I'd hardly rate this one on THAT par. Great album, Van sounds great but I fail to see the importance of this record which hasn't stood the test of time. 3.5/5.
With each live album I get I become more and more militantly against them. They’re not albums that should be ranked anymore than a ‘Best Hits’ compilation should be! Anyway the music was fine, the album was long, and it was a live album so…. 3 stars
There's a sin in putting Van Morrison before the list; That is, this is a fine Van Morrison album for a list of his, not an entry on Van Morrison for a list of albums. The band is incredible, though, and Van doesn't step in front of them and it feels almost unfair to note the listen in this way. Neither in editing nor in scope does ..It's Too Late... stand out, yet it has five-star energies and I may find myself revisiting the full-volume set.
3,5 mais bon
Perfunctory - the first half dozen tracks sound as if he was just trying to get through them as quickly as possible. Not his best vocal performances.
My all-time two favourite live albums are by Talking Heads (Stop making sense) and Van Morrison, but alas, the Van album I'm thinking of isn't this one, its his A night in San Francisco that he put out in 1994, which is absolutely toe-tapping, head boppingly electrifying. If you haven't heard it and you're a Van Morrison fan you have to listen to it. But back to this album - its fine and the band is tight and there are some good versions of his hits including I've been working, Domino, Caravan and Gloria. But I have to say it again, his San Francisco album is sinfully under-rated and a real gem.
The musicians on this album are quite good playing live. It sounds like a good gig. Looking back at my old ratings I gave another album of his a rating that is embarrassingly high in our early days so not going high again.
"I Believe to My Soul" is a great, and songs like "Gloria" and "Cyprus Avenue" are the perfect choice for a live performance, but the rest of the album is not that special. Mixing styles can be cool, but I think it doesn't really work in this case. As a result, the general sound resembles a mass-produced, easy-listening big band record. The best moments are not the soaring strings and flashy brass band interjections, but the quiet sections, which demonstrate that this guy is a good blues and soul singer.
This is a jazzy, funky and soulful album. Not particularly exciting, and I got kinda bored of the whole thing by the end. Sometimes the songs really last too long and just seem to waffle on a bit. But it's a live album, so probably a case of "You had to be there". It also fell on a day when I could have done with a more energetic album, to be honest. But I could quite happily relax with this album in the background. Favourite: Ain't Nothin' You Can Do
A toe tapper. Very well recorded and mixed for a live album
Caravan was a standout. There's other good parts but I think this needs more time to digest properly.
Decent live album
Live album. Double. It's Van Morrison and it's and hour and a half long. Shoot me! I think this is actually a really good performance. Turns out a lot of Van Morison's catalogue up to 1974 was worth hearing in a live setting. Essential album? Maybe. I think the extent that people ought to know about Van Morrison is Astral Weeks and Moondance and that's it. The rest is up to personal preference. Either way, this live album is enjoyable enough to me.
AJ: I didn’t listen. I don’t want to. He’s a trash bag. Some classics on here, and a live album was a surprise. Getting a 3 for the legend, but he seems a dick.
Another live double album? I'm not convinced about this. I'm not even convinced that any Van Morrison album deserves a place on this list. In it's defence, this one is a nice recording which captures Morrison in his prime. Lots of these songs actually sound punchier and better than the do in the studio albums. So you could make a case for this being the most essential document of Van Morrison. However, it is really long and gets tiresome. I object to the idea of trying to replicate a full concert experience by bloating the album format to it's limit. 3*
Besides being too long, this album was much better than I was expecting for a live album. The Blues and Jazz songs were surprisingly good, all while still sounding like Van Morrison. This could have a solid 4 stars from me if the album was not so long.
I like the vibe of it. Wished it was more popular songs.
My wife loves Van Morrison. Hates his live stuff because he elongates every song and mumbles through the entire song. It was fine.
vraiment un bon album live. Je m'attendais pas a ca, j'adore van morrison et il fait quand meme des tounes assez connu et aimé. J'ai l'habitude de détester les albums live de ce genre mais celui-ci a bien passé. 3.5