There are few musicians who I love that are as uncool as Van Morrison . The rest of the mid-tempo crooners can hang it up. But I could listen to Side 1 Moondance every day.
Morrison released It’s Too Late to Stop Now at his creative and commercial peak. The album captures a dynamic performance by Morrison and his eleven-piece Caledonia Soul Orchestra. The live album climaxes with two extended performances. The first is a 10min performance of “Caravan” which includes and long breakdown where Morrison introduces the band. The second is amazing performance of “Cyprus Avenue”. When I say performance, I mean performances. This is not a band playing a hit song for the 1000s time. Maybe they have played it 1000 times, but Morrison and his band sell this song as if it was the most important song of their career. They leave it all there on the stage. It’s something we don’t see any more in live pop-music. Could you see Justin Timberlake or Maroon 5 stalking the stage conducting hit after hit, teasing the audience, and bantering with the band before dropping that last big hit?
Live shows are so heavily produced and tracked that there is no room left for this sort of performance.
The video above is from the same tour, but a different performance. It’s Too Late to Stop Now was reissued on CD in 2008, but is not streaming on Spotify or iTunes. Some tracks are on YouTube. It is worth seeking out.
As I write this, Counting Crows started playing. I am such a loser. ↩