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Don't Know Where to start?

Well first of all, a big hand for George Ivan Morrison and all his musicians past and present for the 37 Commercial Album Releases and over 5,000 live performances. The greatest myth surrounding Van is that he performs rarely and doesn't like doing live shows and is inconsistent to the point of total unreliability. Nothing is further from the truth, he is a prolific live performer and 'bad' shows are few and far between, and when the muse is upon him nobody but nobody comes close. Many of Van's live shows have been recorded for posterity thanks to the tapers to whom we owe our second greatest debt of gratitude. A lot of audience recordings are not good quality and have bits missing, sound tinny or distant, audiences that chatter, sing along, shout or scream, are nth generation fuzzy recordings suffer crackles, pops and assorted didgi-noise or were recorded with a hand cranked needle in wax.This does not matter to those individuals who have come to appreciate the unique ability of these recordings to transport us to another place. Better to have a recording than not at all. Trading live shows is not for those who place sound quality above quality performance. ~ Careful you don't get hooked.

As technology improves, costs tumble and distribution of shows becomes more consistent with 'lossless'generation copying the standard and number of recorded gigs just gets better. Everyone will have their own ''can't live life without soundtrack'' The pleasure is in discovering it and not being influenced by others - your choice is always the best

So the rest of this page is a place to start but remember, that of course, there is no such thing as a bad Van Morrison gig or album (?)!


I have altered & updated this list below a little.
The author says - ''This list comes With the proviso that this is like asking a Mother to pick out which of her babies is ugly, here are my favorites'' (Nicely put)

The next list is the top 46 favourite Van shows as voted for by members of one of the Van mailing lists.
I think this was polled late 2002.

  1. 1. From Dublin Up To Sandy Row, The Point Theatre 95-12-17 42 votes
    2. Montreux 1990/Down By Avalon 90-07-11 34 votes
    3. Spring In My Heart, Montreux 1997 (A Vantrades Tree, Wolf Remaster) 97-07-19 18 votes
    4. Rave On, Glastonbury Festival Somerset 97-06-21 17 votes
    5. I Like Candy/Christmas Special, Duesseldorf 98-12-19 15 votes
    6. Montreux 1980 80-07-10 14 votes
    7. Pagan Streams, Utrecht 91-04-01 13 votes
    8. Van In Warsaw/First Time In Warsaw 01-05-25 11 votes
    8. Somewhere Over The Mountains, Tirol (A Vantrades Tree, Wolf Remaster) 89-07-15 11 votes
    8. Rivers Of Time, Cannes (A Vantrades Tree, Wolf Remaster) 84-01-26 11 votes
    8. Misty Wet With Rain, Vancouver 98-05-15 11 votes
    12. Pacific High Studios/The Inner Mystic/Into The Mystic 71-09-05 10 votes
    13. St. Patrick's Day/Sounding In The Clouds/Got To Go Back To The Greek 86-07-25 7 votes
    13. JAH Vol 3: Supper Club complete 28.04.1996/Supper Club 1996 in general 96-04-28 7votes
    13. CSP Vol 6: Mojo at the Roxy, Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles 78-11-26 7 votes
    13. Carré Theatre, Amsterdam 86-09-29 7 votes
    17. It's All In The Game, Norwegian Wood Festival, Oslo, Norway 00-06-10 6 votes
    17. Hay On Wye 1999/Having Fun With Van Morrison On Stage 99-05-28 6 votes
    17. Can You Feel the Silence/Live In Essen 82-04-04 6 votes
    20. Wild Night/It Ain't Why, It Just Is, LA 73-05-26 5 votes
    20. The Concert Unabridged/Inspired Evenings, Beacon Theatre 89-11-30 5 votes
    20. Malmö 1994 94-04-29/30 5 votes
    20. In All Your Revelation, Belfast & Dublin, February 1979 79-02 5 votes
    24. You're Not A Rented Audience, Are You? GAMH 92-04-21 4 votes
    24. Wonderland Tapes (VLS tree) 77-06-22 4 votes
    24. The Lion Roars, San Anselmo 73-02-15 4 votes
    24. Haunts Of Ancient Peace/Summertime In Montreux 84-07-11 4 votes
    28. Waterfront Belfast/At The Waterfront/Dreams 97-02-02/02 3 votes
    28. Pure/If You Don't Like This Go Fu** Yourself, Montreux 74-06-30 3 votes
    28. Outskirts Of Basel (Christmas Tree) 00-12-17 3 votes
    28. Open Air Festival Loreley, Germany/Sonny Boy Said It Like This 99-09-07 3 votes
    28. North Sea Jazz Festival 1996 (VLS tree) 96-07-13 3 votes
    28. Moonlight Serenade/Rocks His Gypsy Soul 70-04-26 3 votes
    28. Edinburgh Castle 95-08-06 3 votes
    28. Dublin May 2002 02-05-02/03 3 votes
    36. Temple Bar with Richie Buckley 97-05-29 2 votes
    36. One more time for Mr. Van Morrison, Ross On Wye 2001 01-08-24 2 votes
    36. IN THE GARDEN - (Jeff Torrey 3 cdr sampler) Sampler 2 votes
    36. If You Meet Me By The Lamplight I'll Be Around, Roseland 99-06-13 2 votes
    36. From Galway To Boston Town 90-04-20 2 votes
    36. Follow The A40 98-08-21 2 votes
    36. CSP Vol 8: Berkeley 1979/Down The Avenue In Style 79-10-21 2 votes
    36. Bottom Line 1978 78-11-01 2 votes
    36. Alive In The Mystery, Loughborough, England 87-09-19 2 votes
    36. A Night At The Opera, Blackpool 00-04-20 2 votes
    46. Warwick 2002 02-01-25/26 1 vote
    46. Vienna, Austria 2001 01-12-28/29 1 vote
    46. Utrecht 1973 73-10-23 1 vote
    46. Unplugged In The Studio/Gypsy Soul Sampler 1 vote
    46. Toldkammerkoncerten, Helsingor Jazz Festival 95-08-05 1 vote
    46. The Wolftrap Vienna 86-07-09 1 vote
    46. The Theater At MSG 98-01-17 1 vote
    46. The Genuine Philosophers' Stone Sampler 1 vote
    46. Talk About Pop RTE 73-09-11 1 vote
    46. Swansea 2000 00-06-12 1
    46. Stadtpark Hamburg 1989 89-06-04 1 vote
    46. Springtime In My Soul, (VLS tree compilation) Sampler 1 vote
    46. Putting The Boot In, Swindon 99-10-21 1 vote
    46. Portsmouth On My Mind 99-09-20 1 vote
    46. Point Theatre 1996 96-06-17 1 vote
    46. Point Depot 1990 90-12-20 1 vote
    46. Paris In The Spring 90-04-25 1 vote
    46. Not suitable for children, Newport 93-10-06 1 vote
    46. Merriweather Post Pavilion 90-09-06 1
    46. Mama Mama Look At Emma Rose, Aquarius Theater Boston 72-05-19 1 vote
    46. Llandudno 2000 00-04-21 1 vote
    46. Listen to The Lion, Kopenhagen 87-02-28 1 vote
    46. Kiljoy Was Here, Wembley 98-06-27 1 vote
    46. JAH Vol. 1: The Paramount, New York 95-06-30 1 vote
    46. JAH Vol 2: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, Late Show 83-05-04 1 vote
    46. It's Never Too Late 1973 1 vote
    46. Isle Of Man 2001 01-06-03 1 vote
    46. I Think It's Called Smack, Dublin 96-11-05 1 vote
    46. Hay On Wye 2001 01-06-01 1 vote
    46. Harvest Of Blues, Ireland 88-03-09 1 vote
    46. Going To Stuttgart 00-06-24 1vote
    46. Gaumont Theatre, Southampton 84-06-22 1 vote
    46. Fleadh NYC 97-06-15 1 vote
    46. Evil Genius 13 Sampler 1 vote
    46. Edingurgh Playhouse 99-04-02 1 vote
    46. De Doelen, Rotterdam 86-09-28 1 vote
    46. Days Of Deep Devotion, Point Theatre (Archival Group Tree) 89-12-18 1 vote
    46. Dark Knight Of The Soul, Belfast 88-09-15 1 vote
    46. CSP Vol. 9: The Barbican, York, England 00-02-25/26 1 vote
    46. CSP Vol 5: Berkeley 90-04-14 1 vote
    46. Choppin' Wood, Reading 2001 01-06-08 1 vote
    46. Celtic Champions Compose, Kultis, Helsinki 88-10-09 1 vote
    46. Carré Theatre, Amsterdam 2002 02-03-29/30 1 vote
    46. Birmingham 1982 82-10-22 1 vote
    46. Back On The Fu**ing Top, Utrecht 01-10-20 1 vote
    46. Articulate Speech Of The Heart, Cannes 84-01-26 1 vote
    46. An Esoteric Evening With Van Morrison, Cardiff 97-12-03/04 1 vote
    46. Ahoi, Rotterdam 81-05-23 1 vote
    46. Steppin On A Dream, Bournemouth 95-09-16 1 vote

Finally consider these 2 albums. They are compilations and perhaps reflect my desire to see a live performance with either of these two as a setlist. They also reflect my personal taste in Van's music and my favorite ''Van Period'' It will never happen but this is part of the fun of making lists and I'm grateful to the talented people who put these recordings together.

Songs For The Heart Songs For The Soul

 

Springtime In My Soul


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