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Van Morrison to Revisit 'Moondance' With Reissue

Five-disc collection will include 50 unreleased tracks

Van Morrison performs in New York City.
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July 17, 2013 11:30 AM ET

Van Morrison will revisit once of his best-loved albums with forthcoming five-disc deluxe edition of his 1969 classic Moondance. The collection will include remastered and expanded versions of the songs, and will also feature 50 unreleased tracks, including studio outtakes of favorites like “Caravan, “Moondance” and “Into The Mystic."

500 Greatest Albums: Van Morrison, 'Moondance'

"I Shall Sing," a Morrison original that he completed but left off the album, is also featured as part of the collection, and includes multiple takes of the song (spread across six tracks), plus a final mix of the finished version. 

Moondance was originally recorded during the fall of 1969, and quickly became the breakthrough album for Van Morrison.

Rolling Stone praised the album when it was released for Morrison's "full command of the musicians that play with him," in addition to "the striking imagination of a consciousness that is visionary in the strongest sense of the word create an atmosphere that instantly sets its own terms." 

Three different physical versions of the album will be available from Warner Bros. on September 30th. 

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