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Van MORRISON – A Night In SanFrancisco 1994

Posted in BLUES, Van MORRISON on December 19, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Van MORRISON – A Night In SanFrancisco 1994
2008 Issue


A Night in San Francisco is a live album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1994 (see 1994 in music). Guest artists were John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells and Jimmy Witherspoon as well as Morrison’s daughter, Shana Morrison. James Hunter and Brian Kennedy helped out with the vocals and Georgie Fame was also a presence.

The June 2008 reissued and remastered version of the album contains a live take of the Morrison song “Cleaning Windows”. “I’ll Take Care of You/It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” from this album was listed as one of the standout tracks from the six album reissue.
Van Morrison’s third commercially released live album takes a show format that frequently spotlights the backup band, led by organist/singer Georgie Fame and featuring singers Brian Kennedy and James Hunter, as well as saxophonist Candy Dulfer and blues singers John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, and Jimmy Witherspoon. Even Morrison’s daughter Shana comes on to sing his “Beautiful Vision.” The material is not limited to Morrison compositions, either. In fact, it isn’t so much that Morrison and company cover a variety of rock, pop, blues, R&B, and jazz standards as that many pieces are medleys that contain complete songs and quotes from others, rather in the way that a jazz soloist will suddenly throw in a few bars of a familiar tune. Those who want to see Morrison as an esoteric singer/songwriter rather than a showman may find this album a mongrel creation, but it’s undeniably lively, and that’s the first requirement of a live album.
By William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide.
The Belfast Cowboy is one of the most mercurial and gloriously inconsistent live performers of his generation, as notorious for his onstage sulks and autopilot off-nights as he is justly celebrated for incandescent live sets that burn in the memory. This 1994 double-CD set, Van Morrison’s third solo live album, doesn’t surpass either his mid-’70s triumph, It’s Too Late to Stop Now, or his Belfast homecoming on 1984’s Live at the Grand Opera House, but a generous set and a typically taut, virtuosic stage band are tempting inducements, as is a repertoire that mixes both old and more recent Morrison originals with some shrewd covers. With Georgie Fame his staunch right hand (on organ and backing vocals), and his overexposed band singers, Brian Kennedy and James Hunter, Morrison digs into some particularly ripe medleys, interpolating King Pleasure, Sly Stone, T-Bone Walker, Sam Cooke, Jimmy Witherspoon, Gene Vincent, Roy Orbison, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Doc Pomus along the way.
By Sam Sutherland.
Van Morrison- Vocals, Guitar, Alto Sax, Harmonica
Haji Ahkba- flugelhorn, Background Vocals
Geoff Dunn- Drums
Georgie Fame- Vocals, Organ, Background Vocals
Ronnie Johnson- Guitar
Teena Lyle- Vibraphone, Percussion, Recorder, Background Vocals
Jonn Savannah- Vocals, Piano, Background Vocals
Nicky Scott- Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Kate St John- Soprano and Tenor Sax, oboe
James Hunter- Vocals, Guitar, Background Vocals
Brian Kennedy- Vocals, Background Vocals
Special guests;
Candy Dulfer- Alto Sax, Background Vocals
John Lee Hooker- Vocals on “Gloria”
Shana Morrison- Vocals on “Beautiful Vision”
Junior Wells- Vocals, Harmonica on “Help Me” and “Good Morning Little School Girl”
Jimmy Witherspoon- Vocals on “Have You Ever Loved a Woman?”, “No Rollin’ Blues”, “When Will I Become a Man?” and “Sooner Or Later”
Disc 1
01.Did Ye Get Healed?  4:18
02.It’s All in the Game/Make It Real One More Time (Charles Dawes, Carl Sigman) (Morrison)  4:19
03.I’ve Been Working  3:24
04.I Forgot That Love Existed/All Along the Watchtower (Morrison) (Bob Dylan)  6:17
05.Vanlose Stairway/Trans-Euro Train/A Fool for You (Morrison) (Morrison) (Ray Charles)  6:55
06.You Make Me Feel So Free  3:14
07.Beautiful Vision  4:11
08.See Me Through/Soldier of Fortune/Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (Morrison) (Morrison) (Sylvester Stewart)  10:18
09.Ain’t That Loving You Baby? (Ivory Joe Hunter, Clyde Otis)  4:44
10.Stormy Monday/Have You Ever Loved a Woman?/No Rollin’ Blues (T.B.Walker) (Billy Myles) (J.Witherspoon)  6:08
11.Help Me (Sonny Boy Williamson)  6:10
Organ solo from Green Onions (Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg, Al Jackson, Jr.)
12.Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (Sonny Boy Williamson)  3:33
13.Tupelo Honey  4:01
14.Moondance/My Funny Valentine (Morrison) (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)  9:09

Disc 2
01.Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (King Pleasure, Lester Young)  4:47
02.It Fills You Up  4:43
03.I’ll Take Care of You/It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World (Brook Benton) (James Brown, Betty Newsome)  16:23
04.Lonely Avenue/Be-Bop-A-Lula/4 O’Clock in the Morning (Try for Sleep)/Family Affair/You Give Me Nothing but the Blues/When Will I Become A Man?/Sooner Or Later/Down the Line” (Doc Pomus) (Gene Vincent, Bill Davis)  (Morrison, John Platania) (Sylvester Stewart) (Morrison) (Erica Ehm, Tim Thorney) (Vernon, Ross, Shaw)  (Roy Orbison)  14:51
05.So Quiet in Here/That’s Where It’s At (Morrison) (James Alexander, Sam Cooke)  5:00
06.In the Garden/Real Real Gone/You Send Me/Allegheny (Morrison) (Morrison) (Sam Cooke) (Bill Staines)  9:41
07.Have I Told You Lately  3:51
08.Shakin’ All Over/Gloria (Johnny Kidd) (Morrison)  11:29
09.Cleaning Windows/The Street Only Knew Your Name  3:46

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Van MORRISON & John Lee HOOKER – Together 2007

Posted in BLUES, John Lee HOOKER, Van MORRISON on December 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Van MORRISON & John Lee HOOKER – Together 2007


Blues dean John Lee Hooker and Belfast cowboy Van Morrison, together again. For many listeners, it doesn’t get much better than this. The two have collaborated on piecemeal projects for the last 25 years but unite definitively on Hooker’s new album, “Don’t Look Back.” It’s produced by Morrison, who also sings on four tracks and seems to be living a disciple’s dream. “A lot of people can’t work with Van, but him and me team up well,” Hooker said last week. “We got a lot of love and respect for each other.

“We’re good buddies. He calls me all the time to see how I’m doing. I say, `I’m an old man, but I’m still hanging in there, Van.’ ”
01. I Cover The Waterfront
02. Serves Me Right To Suffer
03. Ball & Chain
04. Don’t Look Back
05. Never Get Out Of This
06. Travelin’ Blues
07. The Healing Game
08. Wasted Years
09. Rainy Day
10. Gloria
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