Van Morrison and the Re-released “Moondance”

Record companies tend to “screw” with artistic genius. Warner Brothers is doing this now with Van Morrison’s MoondanceThey 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.

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.


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.


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