Van Morrison – 5 Wonderful Live Versions of “And The Healing Has Begun”

 

And we’ll walk down the avenue again
And we’ll sing all the songs from way back when
And we’ll walk down the avenue again and the healing has begun

And we’ll walk down the avenue in style
And we’ll walk down the avenue and we’ll smile
And we’ll say “baby, ain’t it all worthwhile?” when the healing has begun

“It starts just like ‘Cyprus Avenue’, no coincidence as the line about ‘songs from way back when’ hints, and with a walk down the avenue (of dreams), to the sound of a haunted violin. A song of full, blazing sex as well as revelation. The healing here is like that in Arthurian myth, the wounded King restored through the action of the Holy Grail, but it is also through as graphic a seduction, almost, as the original live version of “Gloria”
-Brian Hinton (Celtic Crossroads)

This beauty was recorded at the Record Plant Studios in Sausalito, California in spring 1979. He has performed it live 274 times according to the brilliant website ivan.vanomatic.de.

Here are 5 lovely versions..

Live At The Oasis Centre – Putting The Boot In – Swindon – 1999:

I want you to put on your pretty summer dress
You can wear your Easter bonnet and all the rest
And I want to make love to you yes, yes, yes, when the healing has begun

Louder, when the healing has begun
So good
Whoo
All right, whoo
Yeah
Aah
Whoo

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Van Morrison – 7 Brilliant Live Performances from 1987

I saw you from a foreign window
Bearing down the sufferin’ road
You were carryin’ your burden
To the palace of the Lord
To the palace of the Lord

I spied you from a foreign window
When the lilacs were in bloom

Facts:

  • 17 live shows
    • 3 of them as a “guest appearance”
    • 2 were broadcasts
  • most played song: Vanlose Stairways & Moondance – 12 times

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Van Morrison – 5 Brilliant Live Performances from 1986

When I was a young boy
Back in Orangefield
I used to gaze out
My classroom window and dream
And then go home and listen to Ray sing
“I believe to my soul” after school,
Oh that love that was within me
You know it carried me through
Well it lifted me up and it filled me
Meditation contemplation too

Oh we’ve got to go back
Got to go back
Got to go back
Got to go back
For the healing, go on with the dreaming
-Van Morrison (Got To Go Back)

I´ll try a new series of posts on Van Morrison cherry picking some of my favourite performances sorted by year. Here are some awesome songs from 1986…

On the road with my sword
And my shield in my hand
Pressing on to the new day
This love will surely last forever
This love will surely last always

Here Comes the Knight – RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland – May 17, 1986

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Watch Van Morrison Performing @ Agape International Spiritual Center – August 30, 2017

Before his appearance on stage with Agape’s band, he was filmed sitting among the congregation at their huge centre in Culver City for the service, which lasted more than two hours.
“He’s a member of Agape,” said Dr Beckwith, who set up the centre in 1986 as “a movement that would take a stand for love, for peace, for being a beneficial presence on the planet”.

The name Agape comes from the Greek for unconditional love.
Belfast Telegraph

Agape International Spiritual Center
Culver City, California
August 30, 2017

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Listen: Van Morrison @ The Bottom Line, NYC – November 1, 1978

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Van Morrison was enjoying a commercial renaissance with both this tour and the album he was promoting at the time. Always a magnetic live performer, Morrison delivered a stunning set in New York’s intimate Bottom Line club – the venue that launched the careers of both Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, among countless others. Opening with an introduction by J. Geils Band’s Peter Wolf and a jazzed up version of “Moondance,” the show provided a healthy mix of material from his then-new Wavelength LP and all the best-loved Morrison classics.
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Morrison, an artist of constant reinvention is revealed here as an musician willing to restructure, reorganize and retool previous glory’s while constantly creating new and exciting work. This 1978 live performance is a perfect representation of Morrison in another era of change and is worthy of official release and constant inspection.
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The Bottom Line
New York City, NY
November 1, 1978

  • Van Morrison – lead vocals, guitar, piano, saxophone
  • Bobby Tench – guitar, backing vocals
  • Herbie Armstrong – guitar
  • Mickey Feat – bass
  • Pete Bardens – keyboards
  • Peter Van Hooke – drums
  • Pee Wee Ellis – saxophones
  • Katie Kissoon – backing vocals
  • Anna Peacock – backing vocals

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September 18: Watch Van Morrison Live @ CityFolk Festival, Ottawa, Canada, September 18, 2015

CityFolk Festival
Ottawa, Canada
September 18, 2015

Set list:
01. Celtic Swing 0:05
02. Close Enough For Jazz 3:41
03. Moondance 6:47
04. Days Like This 13:21
05. Whenever God Shines His Light On Me 16:25
06. Baby Please Don’t Go 20:52
07. Parchman Farm 22:29
08. Don’t Start Cryin’ Now 24:11
09. Enlightenment 26:44
10. Real Real Gone 29:50
11. Wild Night 34:23
12. I Can’t Stop Loving You 38:18
13. Precious Time 41:07
14. Cleaning Windows 44:22
15. Sometimes We Cry 48:58
16. Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile) 52:21
17. In The Afternoon 56:18
18. Ancient Highway 59:43
19. Brown Eyed Girl 1:05:45
20. Domino 1:10:21
21. Think Twice Before You Go 1:13:52
22. In The Garden 1:17:11
23. Help Me 1:21:58
24. Gloria 1:25:40

-Egil