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Van Morrison: One Irish Rover Happy 68th Birthday

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One Irish Rover was broadcast in 1991 on BBC 2 Arena TV special and on A&E cable television program. It is a series of live songs with commentary by Morrison about music and poetry,  it has some truly amazing performances. It includes the footage of Morrison and Dylan in Greece, Georgie Fame at Ronnie Scott’s, John Lee Hooker, The Chieftains and Danish Radio Big Band.

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This  profile of Van Morrison is both wayward and eccentric, but in a good way, an interesting way.

In One Irish Rover, Van is relaxed and playful. He is surrounded by people that he seem comfortable with, in Greece,  Morrison duets with Bob Dylan; sitting on a dock in the Louisiana bayou he do some tremendous blues with John Lee Hooker; we also see him in London playing at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s jazz club, with the Danish Radio Big Band at the Barbican Center in London  and in Belfast, playing with the Chieftains.

It is a true joy, and it ends with a tender Don’t look back with John Lee Hooker that is just …incredibly good!

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Track list:

w/ Bob Dylan (Athen 1989-06-29)
1. Crazy Love

w/ John Lee Hooker:
2. Baby Please Don’t Go
3. Wednesday Evening Blues

At Ronnie Scotts Club (London 1989-05-24)
4. Help Me
5. It’s All In The Game/You Know What They’re Writing About
6. Did You Get Healed

w/ the Danish Radio Big Band (Barbican Center, London 1990-02-19)
7. Vanlose Stairway
8. I’d Like To Write another Song
9. Haunts Of ancient Peace
10. Whenever God Shines His Light
11. I Will Be There

w/ Bob Dylan (Athen 1989-06-29)
12. Foreing Windows
13. One Irish Rover

w/ The Chieftains (Belfast 1987-10-29)
14. Raglan Road

At Ronnie Scotts Club:
15. Summertime In England
16. Moondance

w/ John Lee Hooker:
17. Don’t Look Back

Credits
18. Celtic Swing

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– Hallgeir

The Highwaymen – Full concert and documentary

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The Highwaymen was a Country music supergroup comprising four of the genre’s biggest artists well known for their pioneering influence on the outlaw country subgenre: Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. Active between 1985 and 1995, these four artists recorded three major label albums as The Highwaymen: two on Columbia Records and one for Liberty Records. Their Columbia works produced three chart singles, including the Number One “Highwayman” in 1985.

We love these artists separate and we loved when they sang together,  and we have dug up two great treasures.

First we have a concert shot at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum in 1990, In between the songs are short snippets of separate anecdotes the four share about each other. They have respect, love and admiration for one another. The music is superb, the audience receptive and the band a core of excellent musicians.

The Highwaymen Live 1990:

 

We also have found a terrific documentary, originally it was included as a bonus DVD on a release of the album The Road Goes On Forever. A good album by the way. It shows the Highwaymen in the studio and his has some great candid moments, it’s a gem.

Live Forever – The Highwaymen in the studio:


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Video of the day: Stockholm by Jason Isbell

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Jason Isbell does a tremendous live version of his song Stockholm on Letterman about a week ago (23 July).

Garden and Gun wrote:

“As his career has progressed, Isbell has garnered a collection of rabid fans, including David Letterman, who was turned on to him by fellow artist Patty Griffin. Since then Isbell has played Letterman’s show a number of times, and has flown out to Letterman’s Montana ranch to perform at his annual Fourth of July bash.”

It’s a fantastic song and a great performance!

– Hallgeir

Today: Happy birthday Buddy Guy – Two great concerts

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Happy 77th Birthday, Buddy Guy!

 

“He is the best living guitar player in the world”
– Eric Clapton

We celebrate George “Buddy” Guy’s birthday with two fantastic concerts. The first from The Montreal Jazz Festival, 6th July 1997. Check out the matching guitar and shirt! …also check out the Hammond B3 playing starting at 15 minutes in, just incredible!

Buddy Guy, Montreal 1997:

 

We want also to show you a concert from 2008, from a festival in Lugano (Switzerland). We get a happy Buddy Guy, clearly enjoying himself in a tremendous concert (and the checkered shirt is still with him).

Buddy Guy, Lugano 2008:

Enjoy!

– Hallgeir

Concert film: Van Morrison – Astral Weeks live 2008

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“The way I was singing the songs was jazz”
– Van Morrison

I have changed my mind, I do that from time to time (all the time actually…).  My favorite Van Morrison album has been Moondance for years, but now it is Astral Weeks. I’ve always loved Astral Weeks, it has been third on my list of his albums (the live album, It’s too late to stop now, had the second spot). 

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As of today it is officially on top, I get it now, I can truly see the greatness. I have played it to death these last weeks and it goes beyond pop/rock music, it is in a genre of it’s own. I know I’m ramblin’, but bear with me, I’m just an exited convert.

I went on YouTube to see if I could find some good versions of the songs, what I found was Morrisons’s fantastic live re-enactment of his masterpiece. I collected what I found, it is amazing!

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On November 7 and 8, 2008, four decades after the release of the classic Astral Weeks, Van Morrison revisited the album live in its entirety at the Hollywood Bowl, and delivered a jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring performance. Van did not simply re-create what he did 40 years ago in a NY studio, but instead took the songs to a dramatically higher contemporary level. The Jazz-rooted compositions of Astral Weeks are poetic stories of young love and the quest to find one’s place in life. They were, and remain, ideal source material for musical improvisation that gives way to the sense of wonder for which Morrison has always striven.
– Amazon.com

Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl: The Concert Film is the second official DVD by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It was released May 19, 2009. It features the songs from his 1968 classic album, Astral Weeks. The live performances on the movie were filmed on two concerts by Van Morrison at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California with a fourteen member band.

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Morrison has also released an album on CD and vinyl on February 24, 2009 entitled, Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl with material from these two concerts.

UPDATE: Please read the comments from Andrew Robertson for a more comprehensive (and more correct) account of the two concerts.

Van Morrison – Astral Weeks / I Believe I’ve Transcended:

I play in a free-form, inspired style; I have no choice but to change it up according to the vibe. The new record was recorded live; what [you hear] is what was played in its raw form. There was no mixing, no tweaking, no post-production at all, and I like that raw and edgy sound in real time. It’s got a lot of boom to it! I really like listening to live records, it’s my new thing. Real and alive, the life is not taken out of it like a studio produced record can and very too often, does. My motto right now is post mixing kills.

– Van Morrison (to Paste Magazine)

Van Morrison – Beside You:

Van Morrison – Slim Slow Slider / I Start Breaking Down:

Van Morrison – Sweet Thing:

Van Morrison – The Way Young Lovers Do:

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