Classic Bootleg: Van Morrison Live in Montreux 1990 (Audio)

Essential, awesome, flawless. Quite possibly the best boot there is.
-Russell Parkinson

This is rated by Van Traders as one of the top Van bootlegs of all time. On some lists as high as number two. If you don’t have this it is essential Van the Man. The sound quality is very good soundboard/FM. There is an amazing version of “Sweet Thing” that seams nicely into “Astral Weeks” before returning back to “Sweet Thing” that makes this a special one. And “Northern Muse” changes to “Auld Lang Sine”, “No Prima Donna” and finishes with “When Heart is Open”. This is really some good stuff. The “Summertime in England” is awesome. At 13 minutes and Van adds “A Town Called Paradise”, “Take Me Back” and “Boogie Woogie Country Girl” into it. This truly is an amazing bootleg!
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Casino de Montreux
Montreux, Switzerland
July 11, 1990

Featuring special guest Georgie Fame

Musicians:

  • Richie Buckley – Saxophone
  • Dave Early – Drums
  • Georgie Fame – Keyboards
  • Steve Gregory – Saxophone
  • Bernie Holland – Guitar
  • Neil Drinkwater – Keyboards
  • Brian Odgers – Bass
  • Haji Ahkba – Flugelhorn & Trumpet

  1. Yeh, Yeh (Mongo Santamaría cover)
  2. Did Ye Get Healed?
  3. It’s All in the Game / Make It Real One More Time
  4. Here Comes the Night
  5. Baby, Please Don’t Go (Joe Williams’ Washboard Blues Singers cover)
  6. Domino / In the Midnight Hour
  7. Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)
  8. Sweet Thing
    What follows must have stunned the audience. With Steve Gregory on flute Van sings a glorious “Sweet Thing”. A lot slower than previous live versions this song floats along and then seams nicely into “Astral Weeks” before returning back to “Sweet Thing”. The song finishes with a little mantra that I think comes from the Common One album.
    -Russell Parkinson
  9. Star of the County Down ([traditional] cover)
  10. Northern Muse (Solid Ground) / When Heart Is Open
  11. Whenever God Shines His Light
  12. Summertime in England
    “Summertime in England” is awesome. At 13 minutes its one of the longer versions around. It is very similar to the Pagan Streams version but is seamless and doesn’t have the chatter. Van adds “A Town Called Paradise”, “Take Me Back” and “Boogie Woogie Country Girl” to the formula.
    -Russell Parkinson
  13. Caravan
  14. In the Garden

3 thoughts on “Classic Bootleg: Van Morrison Live in Montreux 1990 (Audio)

  1. When Van is at his best, there is no better. Hard to believe the way Sweet Thing segued into Astral Weeks. Love album version of Here Comes the Night, but the one at Montreux, it’s really something special. Inspired, eternal music and one for the ages. Thanks for sharing with the world.

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