June 8: Van Morrison: Too Long in Exile (1993)

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Too long in exile
Too long not singing my song
Too long in exile
Too long like a rolling stone
Too long in exile

I  love this album and I dig John Lee Hooker’s presence. Some wonderful songs & as always loads of interesting lyrics.

Released 8 June 1993
Recorded The Wool Hall Studios, Bath, England;
The Record Plant, Sausalito, California
Genre Rock
Length 77:04
Label Polydor
Producer Van Morrison

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Van Morrison – 5 Wonderful Live Versions Of “In The Garden”

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Released on his 1986 album “No Guru, No Method, No Teacher“, this is a major VM song – certainly  among his 10 best.

Van Morrison has played this beauty well over 400 times live, here are five of them.

Here are 5 Great live versions..
Special attention to Dublin 2012 – 5min & 16s and onwards – Van is obviously moved and it´s all MAGIC. In The Garden.

New University of Ulster
Coleraine, Ireland
April 20th 1988

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February 28: Van Morrison released the album Moondance in 1970

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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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5 Great Songs For Meditation

One of my favourite ways to meditate is listening to music. Listening to details in the music and stay present. Here are 5 great songs for meditation.

Van Morrison – In The Garden

The streets are always wet with rain
After a summer shower when I saw you standin’
In the garden in the garden wet with rain

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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

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November 25: The Last Waltz was recorded in 1976 (full 4h20m concert)

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This film should be played loud!

This is a message on a title card at the beginning of the film. The greatest concert movie ever made. This post concerns the movie, the audio releases have to wait for it’s own post.

Wikipedia:

The Last Waltz was a concert by the rock group The Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Last Waltz was advertised as the end of The Band’s illustrious touring career, and the concert saw The Band joined by more than a dozen special guests, including Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Bobby Charles and Neil Young.

The event was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into a documentary of the same name, released in 1978. The film features concert performances, scenes shot on a studio soundstage and interviews by Scorsese with members of The Band. A triple-LP soundtrack recording, produced by Rob Fraboni, was issued in 1978. The film was released on DVD in 2002 as was a four-CD box set of the concert and related studio recordings.

Trailer:

I have several versions of the film, and I’ve seen many versions of it. I’ve seen it at the cinema, I’ve played it to death on video casette, I have two DVD releases , a blu-ray release and I’ve seen/heard quite a bit of bootlegs of the show.

This is a film that I’m really passionate about, and I have often wondered if there’s footage, filmed sequences, that is not in the official version. Whatever condition such film would be in was irrelevant, I wanted to see as much as possible of the legendary concert.

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