Monday, February 02, 2015

The Lion In Winterland

Another month is here, and with it the first blast of February and an anniversary special I'm sure you'll all enjoy.
You surely know who Van Morrison is so I won't bore you with grand explications of just how awesome and formative his music and influence have been and are. Last St. Patrick's Day I posted a concert of him and The Chieftains getting their Irish up, so this will be the second Van vid on here.
This one was shot 41 years ago today in the old Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco by Bill Graham's personal in-house B&W video crew. Every time I watch this one I think to myself that a promoter would never in a million years be allowed to professionally film concerts by artists these days. The lawyers would pull the plug on something like this before the lights ever came down in the theater. So try to contain your disappointment at the idea that 40 years from now, no one will have a blog featuring unissued, pro-shot Katy Perry gigs.
This captures an entire performance of Van's mid-'70s band from the St. Dominic's Preview-Hard Nose the Highway-Veedon Fleece period. Most of the footage is all about Van, but there are some pretty funky crossfades where you get to see the whole group and the audience... and of course the rather large cloud of smoke rising from their direction.
Van Morrison
San Francisco, CA

01 Ballerina 
02 Streets of Arklow 
03 Just Like a Woman 
04 Try for Sleep 
05 Into the Mystic  
06 I Just Want to Make Love to You 
07 Moondance 
08 These Dreams of You 
09 Listen to the Lion
10 Wonderful Remark 
11 Warm Love
12 Help Me
13 Here Comes the Night
14 Gloria
15 Caravan
16 Cyprus Avenue

Total time: 1:26:27

Van Morrison - vocals, guitar, harmonica
Dahaud Shaar - drums
James Trumbo - keyboards
Ralph Wash - guitar
David Hayes - bass
Dorothy Morrison - backing vocals, percussion
Bill Combs - backing vocals, percussion

NTSC DVD from in-venue 1st-generation videotapes
All right Van fans, pull 'er down and fire 'er up to get your Morrison Monday happening in all the right ways, and I'll be right back real soon with a February full of fun for y'all!--J.

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