Classic concert: Van Morrison The Wonderland Tapes June 22, 1977, NL (video and audio)

For years the best known set of Van’s brief collaboration with Dr. John in 1977 has widely circulated only in incomplete form and mediocre sound on a bootleg known as Amsterdam’s Tapes. Now, thanks to the persistence, dedication and collaboration of VLS (vanlose stairway) members and friends, this rare show has finally been assembled from the best sources available to us, complete as broadcast on Dutch FM radio. After 20+ years, we are sure fans will agree that it is about time!

Musicians:
Van Morrison: Lead vocals, piano
Dr. John: Piano, organ, back-up vocals
Mick Ronson: Lead guitar, back-up vocals
Mo Foster: Bass
Peter van Hooke: Drums

Better yet, we have also unearthed the “raw audio source” of that set, taken from the live performance for a TV program called “Wonderland” in Vara Studios, Hilversum, Netherlands. This audio has never before been circulated, and although available only in mono, it will surely delight the attentive listener.

To make things even better we found the pro-shot video footage from the TV-show! The dynamic and the groove is beyond comprehension, this is Morrison at his peak with a dream team.

Track listing TV-show:
01. Joyous Sound
02. You Gotta Make It Through The World – 3:04
03. I Just Wanna Make Love To You – 6:34
04. Shakin’ All Over – 11:57
05. The Eternal Kansas City – 16:42
06. Cold Wind In August – 22:36
07. Fever – 28:47
08. Foggy Mountain Top – 32:52
09. I’ll Go Crazy – 37:53
10. Baby Please Don’t Go – 41:12

Audio (on YouTube):

Setlist (audio)
Hallelujah, I Just Love Her So (2:37)
Nobody’s Fault But Mine (2:13)
Fever (3:49)
Foggy Mountain Top (5:03)
I’ll Go Crazy (2:59)
Baby, Please Don’t Go (4:19)
Santa Rosalia (4:11)
Announcer (0:39)
Joyous Sound (2:46)
You Gotta Make It Through The World (3:12)
I Just Wanna Make Love To You (5:17)
Shakin’ All Over (4:10)
The Eternal Kansas City (4:48)
Announcer (0:21)
Cold Wind In August (5:56)
Video feed in Mono:
Santa Rosalia (4:56)
Cold Wind In August (6:10)
Joyous Sound (3:01)
You Gotta Make It Through The World (3:19)
I Just Wanna Make Love To You (5:26)
Shakin’ All Over (4:36)
The Eternal Kansas City (6:53)
Cold Wind In August (8:23)
Hallelujah I Just Love Her So (3:28)
Nobody’s Fault But Mine (2:44)
Fever (4:15)
Foggy Mountain Top (5:45)
I’ll Go Crazy (3:17)
Baby Please Don’t Go (5:04)

– Hallgeir