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VAN MORRISON - LIVE - THE PERFORMANCES



2008-08-16

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charlie, john
1h34m29s

Setlist

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Setlist Remarks

Domino has now been played 174 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 00DEC1969

Tupelo Honey > Why Must I Always Explain has now been played 102 times as a medley in this combination of songs since its first appearance on 06FEB1991
New to the previous show.

Saint Dominic's Preview has now been played 78 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 28APR1972
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Keep It Simple has now been played 33 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
Played at a different position from the previous show.

That's Entrainment has now been played 30 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
New to the previous show.

Soul has now been played 16 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
New to the previous show.

Ballerina has now been played 70 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 00AUG1968
New to the previous show.

The Way Young Lovers Do has now been played 45 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 00AUG1968
New to the previous show.

Wavelength has now been played 117 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 01OCT1978
New to the previous show.

Comfortably Numb has now been played 11 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 20JUL1990
Played at a different position from the previous show.

In The Afternoon > Ancient Highway > Raincheck has now been played 23 times as a medley in this combination of songs since its first appearance on 15SEP2001
New to the previous show.

Wild Night has now been played 152 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 00MAY1970
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Moondance has now been played 804 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 26APR1970
New to the previous show.

Bright Side Of The Road has now been played 510 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 15MAY1979
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Have I Told You Lately has now been played 576 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 18MAY1989
New to the previous show.

Behind The Ritual has now been played 31 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
Played at a different position from the previous show.

And The Healing Has Begun has now been played 192 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 04OCT1979
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Brown Eyed Girl has now been played 571 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 28MAR1967
New to the previous show.

Gloria has now been played 687 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 17APR1964
New to the previous show.Overall closing shows 792 times.

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Gavin Martin
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Playing to a picnicking crowd in Hampstead's stately surrounds, Van Morrison could be expected to go on autopilot.
Yet the clipped funky intro sounded by long-time guitar accomplice John Platania on the opener Domino suggested something more exciting in store.
The volume was often too low for tender intimacies to take hold and badly organised seating caused bizarre showdowns between members of the crowd and security staff but on stage The Man - with dark glasses, pork pie hat and VM logo strategically placed on the mike stand like a prizefighter's belt buckle - was clearly working hard to refresh seldom-heard parts of his illustrious canon.
After a superlative St Dominic's Preview, rearranged to highlight the 10-piece band's keening violin and mandolin, Morrison strapped on a ukulele.
"Time for some of George Formby's greatest hits," he waggishly announced. Wigan's finest remained untroubled, although latest album title track Keep It Simple was ample compensation.
The big pay off came with Ballerina and The Way Young Lovers Do, 40-years-young treats from his classic debut solo album Astral Weeks.
At 61, Morrison has inevitably lost the high register range of yesteryear but his artistry is consummate enough for that not to matter.
Largely brass-free, the band repeatedly treated old warhorses to deft rearrangements. Platania was let off the leash for a thunderous Wavelength and, as night descended, the post-coital moonlight drive on In The Afternoon recalled another, long-departed Morrison - Jim.
By the time a claw hammer banjo-driven Bright Side Of The Road arrived, audience members swarmed into a fenced off enclosure and the police judiciously stepped aside.
The "sha la la las" on Brown Eyed Girl led to a careering and emphatic Gloria - a predictable yet pleasurepacked climax.
Simple, but superb.
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Charlie
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Opening up with Domino followed by Tupelo Honey > Why Must I Always Explain is well solid – good start – uplifting songs.
I always am thrilled to hear St Dominic's Preview and I disgraced myself by giving a hoarse yell at ‘it’s a long way to Belfast’ – you can take the boy outta Belfast, but you can’t take Belfast outta the boy. A few changes to the words here and there in the best Van tradition.
The three Keep It Simple songs (I am getting warmer over these songs now) are followed by the highlight of the night , an extended Ballerina (has Van been inspired by the Duke Special & The Inishowen Gospel Choir version sung to celebrate Astral Weeks’s 40th? JA had a wonderful solo. Van quips something like ‘Liven it up’ and we are treated to the second song of the night off Astral Weeks, the seldom sung The Way Young Lovers Do. A welcome treat.
Comfortably Numb fits Van like a bespoke suit – it brings irony and a subtlety to the show and evokes a memory of ‘I’m tired Joey Boy’ for me on this occasion.
In the Afternoon is given the workshop treatment and lifts a few lines from other songs (which I didn’t write down – sorry!) with band solos, then Moondance where the girls Katie & Vanessa strut their stuff – more of that please – easy on the eye as well as ear.
Sara Jory picks it up with the clappy stuff – what a thrill, enthusiasm all oozing out of her - on Bright Side, followed by Behind the Ritual & When The Healing Has Begun for the Van purists; how good are those songs together! The band is enjoying all that extra space they have and sending out a good vibe .


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