VAN MORRISON - SAN BERNARDINO 1973

May 12, 2020 – 6:14 am

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VAN MORRISON
featuring the Caledonia Soul Orchestra
San Bernardino 1973 [
JF Archive Series Vol 21 via JEMS, 1CD]
Live at the Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA; November 30, 1973. Fairly to very good audience mono recording.

Thanks to taper JF; JEMS; and to mjk5510 for sharing the show at Dime.

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Known Faults:
- And It Stoned Me: start slightly cut

JEMS is thrilled to return to the JF Archive series, presenting another one of the nine Van Morrison performances recorded in and around Southern California circa 1973-74.

Unlike the initial Lost California tapes, JF’s 1973-74 recordings have long been in circulation among collectors. However, this series marks the first-ever digitization and dissemination directly from JF’s cassette masters. The recordings were made with low-end equipment but yielded surprisingly listenable results.

The San Bernardino show is another significant performance and recording.

Like the Shrine shows from October, Van is mixing recent material, covers and classics. The show begins with two unknown instrumental numbers which lead to an instrumental “Moondance” intro before we hear someone say, “And now ladies and gentleman, here is Van Morrison,” at which point “Moondance” stops and the band immediately goes into a high-stepping “Come Running.”

“Come Running” sets the pace for a lively and largely up-tempo set. As at all the late ’73 shows, Van again dips heavily into blues and R&B covers, including “Ain’t Nothin’ You Can Do,” made famous by Bobby “Blue” Bland and penned by Don Robey and Joe Scott; John Lee Hooker’s “Boogie Chillen’” (one of just five known performances); and Willie Dixon’s “I Just Want To Make Love To You.” The rest of the show is loaded with crowd-pleasing material, including “Into the Mystic,” “Domino,” “Caravan,” “Cypress Avenue,” “Here Comes The Night” and “Gloria.”

The Swing Auditorium is not the most acoustically cooperative venue, as JF notes below, but the sound quality here is relatively close and clear. There seems to be some low-end distortion, likely caused by the bass cabinets overwhelming the built-in microphone on JF’s tape recorder, but it doesn’t detract too much from what is otherwise a very listenable capture.

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Here’s what JF recalls about the San Bernardino show:

“Was there a worse venue in Southern California to hear music than the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino? I seriously doubt it. It was like an airplane hanger. I can’t imagine why anyone wanted to play there, except for the fact that, according to Keith Richard’s book, the very first US performance by the Rolling Stones took place there. In any case, I saw lots of bands play the venue and all of the concerts were sonic and visual nightmares. The Swing was always festival seating and I don’t ever remember getting there early enough to get up close. I remember parking always being a horror, too. This was probably recorded from somewhere halfway back in the hall, although there were some bleachers at the back, the only seating in the room, and sometimes I retreated back there to ‘work’.”

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Once again, our gratitude goes to JF, who reached out on DIME (you could be next!) and offered us his archive, which had been sitting in boxes for over 20 years, 6000 miles away from where he lives today. Like so many early tapers, he had great stories to tell and the memories flooded back as we sorted through reels and cassettes. We are pleased to be able to bring his work to all of you.

Thanks to Goody for checking the pitch. We always feel better when he has blessed an important transfer. We also want to acknowledge the value and work of http://ivan.vanomatic.de, the definitive Van Morrison setlist archive on the web. It has been a constant reference tool for this entire series. Finally, kudos to mjk5510, who continues his yeoman duty as JEMS’ post-production and quality-control supervisor. His contributions are vital to getting the music to you.

BK for JEMS

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Lineage:
unknown recorder > unknown microphones (mono)
JEMS 2016 Transfer: master cassette > Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth adjustment) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX6 > iZotope Ozone 6 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Track 01. Instrumental 5:16
Track 02. Instrumental 4:49
Track 03. Moondance Prelude/Van Intro 1:10
Track 04. Come Running 2:55
Track 05. Ain’t Nothin’ You Can Do 3:04
Track 06. Warm Love 3:08
Track 07. Into The Mystic 4:50
Track 08. I’ve Been Working 4:45
Track 09. I Just Want To Make Love To You 4:21
Track 10. Here Comes The Night 3:19
Track 11. I Will Be There 3:29
Track 12. And It Stoned Me 4:23
Track 13. Boogie Chillen’ 2:32
Track 14. Domino 5:13
Track 15. Caravan 8:28
Track 16. Gloria 3:24
Track 17. Cypress Avenue 9:21
75 mins

Lineup:
Van Morrison - vocals
Sid Page - violin
Jack Schroer
- saxophone
Bill Atwood
- trumpet
Bill Bridges
- guitar
David Hayes
- bass
David Shaw
- drums
James Trumbo
- piano, organ

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  1. 53 Responses to “VAN MORRISON - SAN BERNARDINO 1973”

  2. Maybe you’ve spoiled me but this tape, although historically significant, is barely listenable. A crime considering this was the best band he ever toured with and which he recorded his legendary live set “It’s Too Late To Stop Now.” Lot of boom and echo.

    By Tony Pizza on May 12, 2020

  3. Rumour has it this guy gots a Big Un

    By U L E on May 12, 2020

  4. Rumour has it U L E is a fucking child molester with a tiny coc and brain
    That is also a fact

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  5. Wasn’t me above
    or was it?

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  6. Rumour has it this Derrick has 6 different alias
    That is also a fact

    By U L E on May 12, 2020

  7. I’m schizophrenic and so am I.

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

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    By THE ANTICHRIST on May 12, 2020

  9. Fact is U L E is a pedophile and has downloaded many pix of young boys jackin each other off. Another fact is he enjoys putting his pecker in young boys backside. Fact is he is registered sx offender

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  10. That wasn’t Derrick .

    By THE ANTICHRIST on May 12, 2020

  11. Derrick isn’t me .

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  12. I love being a sissy. Especially when my wife s not home I wear her makeup and dress like the slutbag she really is.

    By Billy on May 12, 2020

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    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  14. was isn’t i do this there a doodle.

    By THE ANTICHRIST on May 12, 2020

  15. Derrick, this is my first comment on this thread. Fuck off you co¢ksucker and you too hhh. I know all these fakes are you and hhh. I’ve been avoiding the site. Too many fucking peckerwoods have taken over but I’m a piece of shit. Having a co¢k in my ass and a nice di¢k in my mouth.

    By THE ANTICHRIST on May 12, 2020

  16. Anti , this is my first comment on this thread . Fuck off you di¢ksucker and you too hhh . I know all these di¢ks are you and hhh . I’ve been avoiding the site. Too many fucking peckerwoods have taken over but I’m a piece of shit . Having a di¢k in my ass and a nice co¢k in my mouth .

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  17. I love Van the Man ! I sing along with him - Can I just have one more buttfuck with you , Anti !! Oh I’m gonna fuck ass with you tonight I can’t wait til my di¢k is so wet .

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  18. Oh the night’s magic my di¢k is dripping your shit , and you just lick it off , yes you do Anti ! Can I just have one more buttfuck with you , Anti !!

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  19. I am a pedophile and have downloaded many pix of young boys jackin each other off . Another fact is I enjoy putting my prick in young boy’s assholes . In fact am a registered sèx offender . Check Megan’s law site .

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  20. last ones were all ME ME ME ME

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

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  23. I love to suck díck . Especially Anti’s 3 inch wonder . Derrick’s my name , sucking díck is my game

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  24. I will always suck đick .

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  25. Am I really such a disgusting misogynistic homophobic racist that you guys wanna pick on me like this ? Aren’t you worried that you might hurt my feelings ? I can’t help it that I’m totally ignorant

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  26. Derrick you fucking pussy. I’ve had it with you. You embarrass me to no end. I’m never letting you suck my díck again.

    By THE ANTICHRIST on May 12, 2020

  27. I may be schizophrenic but I’ll always have each other

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  28. That’s enough for me. There’s nothing here but racist, anti-Semitic,pornographic, pedophilia, and bestiality talk. You’re ruined what should have been (and what once was) a good forum for music discussion.

    Take a bow, losers.

    By Mark on May 12, 2020

  29. I second Mark. To test it out, I submitted an outrageous comment along the lines of hahwfbsjndksbs sjayavsnsjsj and it was not posted. That means that there must be a moderator. THEN WHY ARE THOSE BS COMMENTS NOT REJECTED!!!!! I long back to the Darth days….

    By Who stops the trolls? on May 12, 2020

  30. I have tested the filters here. There are about six words that get automatically rejected. Simple words with sèxual connotations like díck, co¢k and even sèx. Misspelling them or using symbols as I did here will get past. Oddly though, other offensive words like fuck, ass and cunt are not filtered. Nor are racial epithets. Long strings of letters without spaces get filtered. Too much repetition gets filtered, too. There appears to be absolutely no moderation. Trying to drive out the racist,misogynistic homophobes doesn’t seem to work. So here we are.

    By Coon Daddy on May 12, 2020

  31. Mark you know you dig humping goats and dogs and lil boys

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  32. The King of the Niggers has spoken. Shut the got damn up

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  33. Jumpin up and down jackin off in Mark and the coons face

    By U L E on May 12, 2020

  34. No moderation on this site says it all . Try to ignore the comments and just enjoy the music.

    By George on May 12, 2020

  35. This place invites provocative and outrageous comments because of the many controversial articles concerning world affairs/ political issues etc .

    By George on May 12, 2020

  36. None above was me . All fakes

    By U L E on May 12, 2020

  37. It’s true though, Rumor has it Van gots a Big Un

    By U L E on May 12, 2020

  38. Sounds like shit . Too bad , great time period for Van the man .

    By Pat Grooms on May 12, 2020

  39. Anti , bud , ain’t been sayin much lately. I is sure that you ain’t been commenting either . Too many Dic suckin assholes here now . This virus is gettin worse man And the fuckin politicians don’t give a shit , opening all these places too soon all over the fuckin country

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  40. Lots of folks ain’t wearin masks still either. Every time I go to the grocery stores it’s bout 50 50 with motherfuckin coons bein the worst bout sprayin their spit everywhere. I heard we got almost a million four hundred thousand cases , while Canada has around 70 thousand. Same continent but Canada has bout 3 percent coons . Coons is nasty and is givin this shit to white folks

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  41. I talk to folks who work in stores and they say coons is always arguing and cussing them out when told to put on a mask . Them animals want to spread their filthy spit

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  42. derrick, the black apes get typically violent when refused entrance at many stores for refusing to wear masks . Many brawls in stores and parking lots . More proof that you can’t take the jungle out of the ape .

    By HHH on May 12, 2020

  43. The countries with the fewest black apes have the fewest covid 19 cases . Of course many people of all races aren’t taking this seriously enough. Masks should be mandatory everywhere, but they’re not for some reason.

    By HHH on May 12, 2020

  44. how fucking hard is it to enjoy the music and “IGNORE the ASSHOLES”? nooooo,you gotta f**king reply and complain about how your feelings are offended. WTF? you give them what they seek…..attention….by constantly bitchin’ to have them moderated,you have become like what you hate…..bunch of selfish assholes.if no one pays attention they have no audience….been coming here for years and have responded a handful of times,otherwise unfortunately,I grab and go because of the situation.Internet assholes ARE LIKE PORN…IT AIN’T GOING AWAY,they have as much right to be here as you….please “IGNORE THE ASSHOLES”

    By Darth Plastic on May 12, 2020

  45. Agree that ignoring is best , but still confused as to why no moderation? Other music blogs have it .

    By George on May 12, 2020

  46. The powers that be ( Blogsters ) must actually enjoy this . It’s the only thing that makes sense .

    By George on May 12, 2020

  47. I do agree with one thing. It’s too early to open up the economy. People are not properly practicing social distancing.

    By George on May 12, 2020

  48. The Jew is behind the Covid conspiracy and the niggers and gooks are the animals spreading it

    By David Duke on May 12, 2020

  49. Well its a marvelous night for a moondance

    By Mark on May 12, 2020

  50. Well known for its Jewish population, China
    Come on ‘Daisy’ Duke do at least TRY and keep up!

    By THE ANTICHRIST on May 12, 2020

  51. Cmon Big O. Get with the fucking program. Enough of this talent already. Needs to hear so N’Sync, Backstreet Boys, Menudo, O Town, Hansson, Brittney Spears and Justin Beiber

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  52. Cmon Big O get with the program. More Aretha, Temptations, The Archies, Strawberry Alarm Clock,Rudy Valle Mos Def Flavor Flave, P Diddy, Tupac and Biggie

    By Derrick on May 12, 2020

  53. For better or worse, this captures the sound of Van Morrison in San Bernadino. Until the soundboard gets out, it’s love it or leave it. I’m getting spoiled; I’m not sure I will listen to this the whole way through. THANK YOU for sharing it, though.

    By Eric (The Other Eric) on May 12, 2020

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    By Nelson on Jul 3, 2020

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