Van Morrison Revisits 'Into the Mystic'

Singer recorded alternate take during sessions for 'Moondance'

September 5, 2013 8:30 AM ET
Van Morrison Into The Mystic
Van Morrison, 'Into The Mystic'
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Click to listen to Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic (Unrelased Version)"

Van Morrison had already landed a huge hit with "Brown Eyed Girl" when his third solo album Moondance was released, but the 1970 LP helped solidify Morrison's stature as a big-time artist. On October 22nd, Warner Bros. Records will release three remastered versions of the album, including a deluxe version and an expanded version that both contain previously unreleased tracks  from the Moondance sessions. Here, Van Morrison jams out on "Into the Mystic," losing himself in the free-flowing and gently enveloping track. 

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It's one of several versions of the song included in the deluxe version, which comprises the original album, three discs of previous unreleased tracks from recording sessions for Moondance and a Blu-ray audio disc containing the original album in 5.1 surround sound. The expanded edition comes with two CDs that include 11 previously unreleased tracks. The standard edition will feature a remastered version of the original album.

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