Thursday, August 27, 2015

Major Van Morrison Reissue Campaign Coming from Sony and Rhino

A couple of days ago, Sony/Legacy recordings announced it would be remastering and expanding 33 Van Morrison albums.  I lost my enthusiasm for relaying that news here on Psychobabble when I found that Astral Weeks would not be among those reissues. Along with His Band and Street Choir and Tupelo Honey, Astral Weeks is the only Morrison disc that has never received a domestic sonic upgrade since it's original CD release in 1989. As the album is nearly unanimously considered Morrison's best--and one of the best, period--this was a major problem, if not a surprising one considering well-known rights issues. Well, a couple days later I'm very happy to report that Astral Weeks and His Band and Street Choir will be joining the new glut of old Van Morrison albums courtesy of Rhino Records, which gave Moondance the deluxe treatment in 2013. 

Both Astral Weeks and His Band and Street Choir are coming on October 30. Astral Weeks will include alternate takes of "Beside You", "Madame George", "Ballerina", and "Slim Slow Slider". His Band and Street Choir will have alternates of "Call Me Up in Dreamland", "Give Me a Kiss", "Gypsy Queen", "I've Been Working", and "I'll Be Your Lover, Too". No word yet on release dates for the Sony discs, though the first wave is to include Saint Dominic's Preview, Hard Nose the Highway, It's Too Late to Stop Now, and Enlightenment. Hopefully there will be a similar announcement regarding Tupelo Honey soon...

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