Only a day after Warner Music announced their forthcoming deluxe reissue of Van Morrison‘s Moondance, the man himself has taken to his website to distance himself from the re-release, claiming “I did not endorse this, it is unauthorised and it has happened behind my back.”
‘Van the Man’ goes on to say “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.”
Although it is unlikely that Warner Music needed Morrison’s permission for this reissue (rendering his ‘unauthorised’ claim rather meaningless), it’s hardly helpful for them to have the singer songwriter come out so aggressively against a product that bears his name.
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Statement in full:
“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″
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5-disc Deluxe Edition
• USA Pre-order: Moondance Deluxe Edition (4 CDs/1 Blu-Ray Audio)
2-CD Expanded Edition
• USA Pre-order: Moondance Expanded Edition (2 CD)
Standard single disc remaster
• USA Pre-order: Moondance Remastered Standard Edition
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