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VAN MORRISON - LIVE - THE PERFORMANCES



2007-10-12

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Boogie Woogie Country Girl has now been played 29 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 21AUG1999
New to the previous show.

Did Ye Get Healed > Yeh Yeh has now been played 53 times as a medley in this combination of songs since its first appearance on 10SEP1994
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Magic Time has now been played 118 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 01APR2005
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Have I Told You Lately has now been played 545 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 18MAY1989
Played at a different position from the previous show.

In The Midnight has now been played 202 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 02MAR1999
New to the previous show.

Talk Is Cheap has now been played 115 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 27APR2000
New to the previous show.

Early In The Morning 'Bout The Break Of Day has now been played 93 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 14SEP2001
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Moondance has now been played 760 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 26APR1970

I Can't Stop Loving You has now been played 150 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 21JUN1977
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Playhouse has now been played 108 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 11DEC2005
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Vanlose Stairway > Trans-Euro Train has now been played 256 times as a medley in this combination of songs since its first appearance on 06MAR1989
Played for the first time this year.

Precious Time has now been played 537 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 16MAR1998
Played at a different position from the previous show.

In The Afternoon > Ancient Highway > Joe Turner Sings > Raincheck > No Prima Donna > Danny Boy > Raincheck played for the first time ever!

Stop Drinking has now been played 231 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 01DEC2001
New to the previous show.

Stranded has now been played 95 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 25AUG2003
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Help Me has now been played 543 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 15FEB1973
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Gloria > Who Do You Love has now been played 8 times as a medley in this combination of songs since its first appearance on 13JUN1999
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Brown Eyed Girl has now been played 549 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 28MAR1967
Overall closing shows 92 times.

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As is apparent from the setlist, the highlights inevitably were the resurrected "Vanlose Stairway," with Morrison enunciating in that glorious way of his about expanding the gita, and sending a picture, through Krishna, and the epic unfolding beauty of "In the Afternoon" rolling into a sublime extended "Raincheck," with all kinds of improvisation in between, including several "No prima donnas" flowing over and around the mouthpiece of the sax Van still had clenched between his teeth, to the passionate praise of the "Golden Autumn Day" that illuminated New York this afternoon after the rain clouds whirled off to the northeast.
The rest of the gig was of a piece with Van's recent set lists.
But as always, many of the songs took on different hues and vocal ornamentation, such as Van clucking his tongue against the roof of his mouth during Early in the Morning, or leaving the stage at the end of Help Me softly blowing on the harp until he disappeared into the wings.
Morrison was rearing back and often working very hard tonight.
It was a good gig that had some sublime moments and also its fair share of businesslike ones, "Moondance," for example. The set list would benefit from a serious shakeup.
The band provided solid musical support, with John Platania hopefully getting a little more work Saturday and Sunday.
The 77-year-old Bobby Blue Bland was up against a 7 o'clock start on a Friday night in upper Manhattan, so few were in their seats when he slowly took the stage supported by an associate. Most people were still traipsing into the theater and talking during his short set.
Not a lot of respect apparent there, but the rudeness did not appear to be deliberate. There is still a delicious sweet soul core at the heart of Bland's voice, although that snorting, snoggling vocal effect can be somewhat baffling.


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