February 28: Van Morrison released the album Moondance in 1970

van morrison Moondance

In Moondance, Morrison bursts forth in warm Technicolor. The Van Morrison that the public would come to know and recognize over the decades—Van the Man, the Belfast Cowboy, etc—essentially makes his first appearance on Moondance.
~Erik Hage

This is Van Morrison’s 6th Symphony; like Beethoven’s equivalent, it’s fixated on the power of nature, but rather than merely sitting in awe, it finds spirituality and redemption in the most basic of things. The pinnacle of Van The Man’s career, and maybe, of non-American soul in general.
~Nick Butler

And It Stoned Me:

And It Stoned Me (live @ Montreux 1980):

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Legendary Concert: Van Morrison @ Fillmore West, San Francisco – April 26th 1970

A concert to rank with the greatest by anyone..
-Brian Hinton (Celtic Crossroads: The Art of Van Morrison)

Rock ‘n’ roll comes in many different shapes and sizes, and on the night of April 26, 1970, it came to the Fillmore West in the form of a barrel-chested Irishman in a silk shirt and flares.
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A perfect stereo soundboard recording. This is official release quality. Van and the band are in great form,if you like VM – this is one not to miss.
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Fillmore West (San Francisco, CA)
April 26, 1970

  • Van Morrison – vocals
  • John Klingberg – bass
  • Jeff Labes – piano, organ
  • John Platania – guitar
  • Jack Schroer – alto sax
  • Collin Tilton – tenor sax
  • Dave Shaw – drums

Setlist:

1. Moondance
2. Glad Tidings
3. Crazy Love
4. Come Running
5. The Way Young Lovers Do
6. Everyone
7. Brown Eyed Girl
8. And It Stoned Me
9. These Dreams Of You
10. Caravan
11. Cyprus Avenue
12. Into The Mystic


-Egil

Van Morrison & Mose Allison at St. George’s Hall Bristol, England (1990) – Video

Rock Steady with Dave Fanning and Nicky Horne. Music and interview with Van Morrison and Mose Allison.

Band

  • Alec Dankworth (bass)
  • Bernie Holland (guitar)
  • Alan Skidmore (sax)
  • Mark Taylor (drums)

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