Van Morrison’s 50 Greatest Songs Countdown – #5 Caravan

“I could hear the radio like it was in the same room. I don’t know how to explain it … How can you hear someone’s radio from a mile away, as if it was playing in your own house? So I had to put that into the song – it was a must.”
– Van Morrison

Yeah the caravan is on its way
I can hear the merry gypsies play
Mama mama look at Emma Rose
She’s a-playin with the radio

TOC

  1. Facts
  2. Quotes
  3. Lyrics
  4. Live versions
  5. Cover versions

Facts

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August 8: Listen to Van Morrison @ Lion’s Share, San Anselmo in 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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April 4: Van Morrison in Grugahalle, Essen 1982

Televised as a Rockpalast Special; The correct date for the Van Morrison show is Sunday April 4. The Rockpalast Night where this show was taken from started on April 3 around 11:00 pm with Rick James. Van played the second set and this was around 1:00 am on April 4. Therefore date of the actual show started on April 3 (in the late evening) and ended on April 4 (in the early morning). The broadcast date was the following evening April 4. Most of the Rockpalast shows are broadcast the date following the actual show. Hence the show was played over the 3rd and 4th of April 1982. It was broadcast live across Europe on April 4, 1982 that evening. This is why this show sometimes circulates as April 3 , 1982 (panicstream.net)

TV Show
Grugahalle, Essen
4 April 1982

Lenght: 1h18m10s

Musicians:

  • Van Morrison
  • John Allair – keyboards
  • Tom Donlinger – drums
  • Pee Wee Ellis – saxophone
  • David Hayes – bass
  • Mark Isham – trumpet
  • Pauline Lozano – backing vocal
  • Chris Michine – guitar
  • Annie Stocking – backing vocal
  • Bianca Thornton – backing vocal
  • Peter Van Hooke – drums

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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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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