Morrison started rehearsing “Summertime in England” in November and December 1979 along with “Haunts of Ancient Peace” at club gigs in the San Francisco area.
The album (Common One) version was recorded at Super Bear Studios in the French Alps in February 1980 and according to Mick Cox the second take was the one used on the album. The spoken section is in 3/4 time that begins with John Allair’s church organ fugue.
“Common One” was released in August 1980.
A live performance of “Summertime in England” as performed by Morrison with most of the Common One band members is featured on the 2006 released DVD, Live At Montreux 1980/1974.
A live version was recorded during concerts at the Grand Opera House in Belfast and released as the B-side of a 12 inch single released in February 1983 on the Mercury label.
Great concert featuring a brilliant “Summertime in England” (starting at 33:20).
Appropriately, “Summertime in England” is a highlight of a Dutch TV concert recorded in Rotterdam in 1981… and Pee Wee Ellis joins in on backing vocal as Van in dark shades ad libs about when “Auden and Isherwood split” (in Berlin) and summons up Ginsberg in Saint Louis, and Ferlinghetti´s City Lights books publishing Colin Wilson. A Beat manifesto?
-Brian Hinton (Celtic Crossroads)
Ahoy, Rotterdam – May 23, 1981
Van Morrison: Lead Vocals
Mark Isham: Trumpet
Pee Wee Ellis: Sax – Backing vocals on “Summertime In England”
Released: August 26 , 2016
Producer: Rob Schnapf, Cass McCombs & Dan Horne
Label: Anti Records
“Mangy Love makes itself distinct from its predecessors with its outright jazziness and ethereality. Wit’s End was a traipse though the densely forested hills of solitude; Big Wheel and Others was a road trip through odd, nameless American sub-societies,; and Mangy Love is Cass McCombs in outer space.” – Dustin Lowman (Drowned in Sound)
This album really made me listen to the lyrics, I was fooled by the sweet melodies – but the lyrics are tough, hard, rough poems about love,sex, life and death. McCombs knows how to play with words (Switch): Turn you on, you light up the room Turn you off, it’s dark as a tomb– Hallgeir
End of Year lists
# 33 – American Songwriter
# 59 – Gorilla vs. Bear
# 29 – LA Music Blog
# 26 – MOJO
# 25 – Piccadilly Records
# 7 – Q Magazine
# 31 – Stereogum
# 31 – Uncut
Best songs: Opposite House, Bum Bum Bum and Switch
BBC In Concert
29th September 2016
1080p ᴴᴰ – HQ
Only the BBC can play host to an artist of Morrison’s calibre in such a tiny venue. The Radio Theatre, New Broadcasting House, is made up in such a way that we are transported to a New Orleans jazz club. Van Morrison sing and play for just over an hour, with a few hundred lucky winners of the ticket lottery standing mesmerised. This is a fantastic show and a testament to the staying power of a tremendous artist.
Setlist (* = songs from his lates album, Keep me singing):
Baby Please Don’t Go/ Don’t Start Crying Now// Here Comes The Night
Every Time I see A River*
Let It Rhyme*
Whenever God Shines His Light
Sometimes We Cry
Going Down To Bangor*
The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword*
Keep Me Singing*
Carrying A Torch
Brown Eyed Girl
Jackie Wilson Said
In The Garden
Songs from live albums not allowed (that’s another & more complicated list)
Please feel free to publish your own favorite songs from 1971 in the comments section…
AND lists like this are supposed to be fun! Don’t take it too seriously.
My favorite (studio) albums from 1971 include:
Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2, If Only I Could Remember My Name (David Crosby), There’s a Riot Goin’ On (Sly & the Family Stone), What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye), Who’s Next (The Who), Tapestry (Carole King), Shaft: Music from the Soundtrack (Isaac Hayes), Sticky Fingers (The Rolling Stones), Imagine (John Lennon), Surf’s Up (Beach Boys), LA Woman (The Doors), Coat of Many Colors (Dolly Parton), IV (Led Zeppelin), Every Picture Tells a Story (Rod Stewart), Songs of Love & Hate (Leonard Cohen), Blue (Joni Mitchell), Pearl (Janis Joplin), White Light (Gene Clark), John Prine (John Prine), Nilsson Schmilsson (Harry Nilsson), Hunky Dory (David Bowie), Tupelo Honey (Van Morrison), Jack Johnson (Miles Davis), The Cry of Love (Jimi Hendrix), In Search Of A Song (Tom T. Hall), Crazy Horse (Crazy Horse) & Just as I Am (Bill Withers).