Album review: Van Morrison, Moondance (deluxe) (Warner Bros)


A good “deluxe” remaster job will do at least two things: one, it’ll strip away centuries of digital compression and make the music sound as if you’ve never heard it properly before; two, it’ll include additional material that gives insight into how the finished work was shaped.

Moondance delivers on both counts. Which may or may not compensate for the fact that it remains the greatest one-sided album ever made, the first side constituting a suite of songs so rapturous that, once heard, foghorns can never sound the same again, and the second … well, never mind.

You can buy this deluxe expanded edition in a variety of formats, depending on your appetite for out-takery. But all three are good.