Record companies tend to “screw” with artistic genius. Warner Brothers is doing this now with Van Morrison’s Moondance. They are reissuing a deluxe edition of Moondance. The record company has remastered Moondance and making it available in various high-end formats and mediums.
It will be released by Warner Bros on September 30 across various formats.
A 4 CD/1 Blu-ray Deluxe Edition will feature a newly remastered version of the original album, three discs of previously unreleased music from the sessions, and a Blu-ray Audio disc with high-resolution 48K 24 bit PCM stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound audio of original album. It will be presented in a linen-wrapped folio and includes a booklet with liner notes from Alan Light and original engineer Elliot Scheiner.
A 2CD Expanded Edition set that features the newly remastered version of the original album and 11 previously unreleased tracks drawn from highlights from the Deluxe Edition.
A Standard Edition of the newly remastered version of the original album.
I next navigated to Van Morrison’s official Website to learn more and I discovered this statement.
A MESSAGE FROM VAN MORRISON.
Yesterday Warner Brothers stated that “Van Morrison was reissuing Moondance”. It’ is important that people realise that this is factually incorrect. I did not endorse this, it is unauthorised and it has happened behind my back
My management company at that time gave this music away 42 years ago and now I feel as though it”s being stolen from me again
18th July 2013
I have loved the album Moondance for 42 years. I know it like the back of my hand. I’ve owned multiple copies, vinyl LP, audio cassette, and CD. I never knew it slipped away from Van Morrison’s artistic control all those years ago.
My first reaction about a new deluxe edition was excitement followed by reservation about extra music of the sessions coming to light. I rarely like the “extra” tracks that surface years later. There’s a reason Moondance holds the place in history it does. The flow and sequence of the original tracks have forged a continually playable masterpiece.
Music of Our Heart will be interested to hear the deluxe edition and to understand what “value” does and doesn’t await at the end of September.