September 5: Classic Concert – Van Morrison @ Pacific High Studios, CA – 1971 (audio)

This is Van Morrison at the top of his game, delivering a set fueled with unbridled passion. With no trace of the nervousness or anger that occasionally marred his concert performances during this era and with his sense of humor so prominent, it is no wonder that this recording has achieved such legendary status among Morrison’s fans and collectors. This provocative performance is often brilliant and is an enthralling listen from beginning to end.
-Alan Bershaw (concertvault.com)

Band

  • Alan Hand – keyboards
  • John Klingberg – bass
  • John Platania – guitar
  • Dahaud Shaar – drums
  • Jack Schroer – saxophone
  • Collin Tilton – sax & flute
  • Keith Johnson – trumpet
  • Ellen Schroer, Janet Planet & Martha Velez – backing vocal

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1971: 30 Songs Released in 1971 You Must Hear





My rules:

  • Only one song per artist/group
  • The song must be released that specific year
  • Songs from live albums not allowed
  • Restricted to only 20 songs

Heaps of wonderful music was released in 1971, here are my 30 chosen songs.

    • Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones

      A song by The Rolling Stones from their 1971 album Sticky Fingers, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Rolling Stone ranked it at No. 334 in its “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list in 2004.

      Childhood living is easy to do
      The things you wanted I bought them for you
      Graceless lady you know who I am
      You know I can’t let you slide through my hands




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August 14: The Who released “Who’s Next” in 1971

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With its acoustic guitars and drumless bits, this triumph of hard rock is no more a pure hard rock album than Tommy. … And… it uses the synthesizer to vary the power trio format, not to art things up.
~Robert Christgau

On Who’s Next, the band crossed that line with power and grace. The album spawned the concert classics “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again”; the great Daltrey vocal vehicles “Bargain” and “Song Is Over”; Entwistle’s scorching, anxiety-ridden “My Wife”; and Townshend’s most delicate song on record, “Behind Blue Eyes.” On Who’s Next, Townshend unleashed the power of the synthesizer as a rock & roll instrument, to be used like guitar or bass rather than as a special-effects novelty.
~The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (rollingstone.com)

#9 – Won’t Get Fooled Again:

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Listen: The Rolling Stones – Live At Leeds 1971 (Awesome Bootleg)

This hour long recording, originally made for the BBC at Leeds University on 13th March 1971, and bootlegged in the 1970s on vinyl as “Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out”, is easily the finest unissued live music by the Rolling Stones. In fact the last 45 minutes from Midnight Rambler on is arguably some of the best music they ever recorded.
~David Mainwood (Stranger Than Known)

This is a strong contender for “Best Stones Bootleg”.

Leeds University
March 13, 1971

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Watch: The Rolling Stones @ Marquee Club London – March 26, 1971





Wonderful concert with a Mick Taylor in superb form…

Live debut of album tracks, “Brown Sugar”, “Dead Flowers”, “Bitch” and “I Got The Blues” (all from “Sticky Fingers”, released a month later)

Band:

  • Mick Jagger – Vocals
  • Keith Richards – Guitar
  • Mick Taylor – Guitar
  • Bill Wyman – Bass
  • Charlie Watts – Drums
  • Ian Stewart – Piano
  • Nicky Hopkins – Keyboards
  • Bobby Keys – Sax
  • Jim Price – Horns

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Listen: Van Morrison @ Lion’s Share, San Anselmo; August 8, 1971

Honestly, this may be the best Van recording I’ve heard, not withstanding its slightly wonky mix of vocals, its beauty is in the fun that Morrison and his band are having. A fantastic recording, a great night.
-Stuart @ collectorsmusicreviews.com

My New World Crystal Ball
Lion’s Share, San Anselmo, CA; August 8, 1971.
Late Show.

Excellent soundboard

Band:

  • Backing Vocals – Ellen Schroer, Janet Planet, Martha Velez
  • Bass – Bill Church
  • Drums – Dahaud Shaar
  • Guitar – John Platania
  • Keyboards – Alan Hand
  • Saxophone – Jack Schroer
  • Vocals – Van Morrison

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