Van Morrison’s 1970 triumph Moondance initially peaked at just No. 29 on the Billboard charts; its title track barely made the Top 100. Still, over time, the stature of Van Morrison’s third solo album has skyrocketed.

These days, Moondance is not only certified as a triple-platinum smash, it’s considered to be Van Morrison’s masterwork. So, an opportunity to dig deeper into this 10-song cycle is welcome, indeed: Warner Bros. Records’ will release an expanded two-disc set on October 22, 2013, featuring polished-up editions of the classic tracks, plus a slew of outtakes — and even a never-before-heard song.

Better still, Popdose is offering one lucky reader a chance to win one. Here’s how to enter: Simply email Dave Lifton with “Van Morrison” in the subject line and within the text of your email, remind Dave that it’s always a “fantabulous night to make romance.” We’ll randomly select one winner.

The expanded edition of this new Moondance box set is available for preorder now through Amazon. There is also a deluxe edition featuring 4 CDs/1 Blu-Ray audio which can be pre-ordered now via iTunes, and courtesy of Amazon.

The 11 unreleased tracks on Disc 2 of the expanded edition, by the way, include never-before-heard versions of “Caravan,” “In the Mystic,” the title track and “Crazy Love.” Of special note is an early pass at “I’ve Been Working,” which subsequently appeared on Morrison’s 1970 effort His Band and the Street Choir and his heretofore unreleased take on “I Shall Sing,” which was a hit four years later for Art Garfunkel.

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Nick DeRiso has also explored jazz, blues, rock and roots music for USA Today, Gannett News Service, Something Else!, All About Jazz, Living Blues, and the Louisiana Folklife Program, among others. Named newspaper columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP in 2006.

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