November 30: Van Morrison live at The Beacon Theater New York 1989 (Concert Video)

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In a review at the time, Geoff Wall describes the video .. as “ecstasy for the ears”, and it is tonic for the eyes as well. A surprise and a delight.
-Brian Hinton (Celtic Crossroads)

Great late 80’s VM concert with John Lee Hooker & Mose Allison. Check out “Summertime in England” @ ~30min.

Setlist:

(italic – not included in VHS release & this youtube video)

  1.  I Will Be There
  2. Whenever God Shines His Light
  3. Cleaning Windows
  4. It’s all in the game 
  5. Orangefield
  6. Tore Down A La Rimbaud
  7. When Will I Ever Learn To Live In God
  8. Beautiful Vision
  9. Help Me
  10. Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy
  11. City Home
  12. Thank God For Self Love
  13. Raglan Road
  14. Carrickfergus
  15. Full Force Gale
  16. Summertime In England
  17. Caravan
  18. Moondance
  19. Fever
  20. Vanlose Stairway > Trans-Euro Train
  21. Star Of The County Down
  22. Northern Muse (Solid Ground) > When Heart Is Open
  23. In The Garden
  24. Have I Told You Lately
  25. These Are The Days
  26. Gloria
  27. It Serves Me Right To Suffer
  28. Boom Boom
  29. She Moves Through The Fair
  30. Buona Sera

Musicians:

  • Van Morrison – vocals
  • Richie Buckley – saxophone
  • Dave Early – drums
  • Georgie Fame – keyboards
  • Steve Gregory – saxophone
  • Bernie Holland – guitar
  • Neil Drinkwater – keyboards
  • Brian Odgers – bass
  • Mose Allison – Vocals
  • John Lee Hooker – Vocals, guitar

From Amazon:
“…the voice, the high and low ranges, the sounds and mumbles he makes still mesmerize his audiences. Many of the performances here feature his spiritual side with Whenever God Shines His Light; Thank God for Self; I Will Be There; and When Will I Ever Learn to Live in God. He touches lightly on Gloria, and extends Moondance/Fever.

Two influential guests include the blues guitarist John Lee Hooker and jazz pianist, composer, and Mose Allison. Allison has often called the “William Faulkner of Jazz.” In 1996, Morrison recorded Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison.

What is not listed as a track is the mesmerizing and unusual duet between sax player and Morrison, doing Common One. The sax play will echo every line Morrison does. Not only is it unique to listen, but that duet is very fun to watch. Now this song was performed on the Astral Weeks Live At the Hollywood Bowl and the DVD treat Astral Weeks Live At The Hollywood Bowl: The Concert Film (Amazon.com Exclusive). As usual the bluesy jazzy sound of the entire concert is a thrill.”

-Egil & Hallgeir

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