Van Morrison Download
Nov 1, 1978 (Early)Bottom Line (New York, NY)
Van Morrison Download
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Total Length:
1:02:38
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Van Morrison Download

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Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Moondance04:37
  2. 2Wavelength06:13
  3. 3Into The Mystic04:47
  4. 4Checkin' It Out03:40
  5. 5Hungry For Your Love04:12
  6. 6Brown Eyed Girl03:44
  7. 7Crazy Love04:00
  8. 8Kingdom Hall05:52
  9. 9Tupelo Honey07:24
  10. 10Natalia04:08
  11. 11Wild Night05:23
  12. 12Caravan08:38
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Item Number:
  • 20050540-8350-AD
Date:
  • Nov 1, 1978 (Early)
Venue:
Sample this concert
  1. 1Moondance04:37
  2. 2Wavelength06:13
  3. 3Into The Mystic04:47
  4. 4Checkin' It Out03:40
  5. 5Hungry For Your Love04:12
  6. 6Brown Eyed Girl03:44
  7. 7Crazy Love04:00
  8. 8Kingdom Hall05:52
  9. 9Tupelo Honey07:24
  10. 10Natalia04:08
  11. 11Wild Night05:23
  12. 12Caravan08:38
Total Length:
1:02:38
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

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

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.

The band was lava-hot and provided the perfect compliment to Morrison's free form vocal stylings. In the line-up was Pete Bardens (who also played keyboards in Morrison's 1960s British Invasion band, Them) and former Jeff Beck Group vocalist/guitarist Bobby Tench. Because he was backed by a great band, Morrison was able to successfully mix hot jazz, blazing blues, romantic and melodic ballads and gospel-fevered rock 'n' roll over the course of a single show. By the time he shakes it up on the closers - "Wild Night" and "Caravan"- the audience is completely in the palm of his hand.

"Crazy Love," "Tupelo Honey" and "Into The Mystic" faithfully bring the listener back to Morrison's classic early '70s Warner Brothers Records period, when he was the darling of the pop music press. "Kingdom Hall," "Checkin' It Out," and the aforementioned "Wavelength" were new songs at the time, but were just as well received, since it was clear to the audience that Morrison had just released one of his best albums in years. Still, it was Morrison's earliest solo hit, "Brown Eyed Girl," that first brought the crowd to its feet.

For that Bottom Line audience, and now for all of us, this show remains a classic.

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