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Enlightenment Live! [no label, 1CD]

Fan compilation. Various dates and venues. Very good audio - mix of radio broadcasts and audience recordings?

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Memories never performed live

Enlightenment is the 20th studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It was released in 1990 and reached No. 5 in the UK charts and Real Real Gone charted at No. 18 in Mainstream Rock Tracks. Another standout track is Start All Over Again.

John Swenson,

Enlightenment is a sequel to Morrison’s last album, Avalon Sunset. Both are steeped in Christian and nature imagery, with Christ appearing on the mountainside in “Contacting My Angel,” on Avalon Sunset, and as the “Youth of 1,000 Summers,” on Enlightenment. Avalon Sunset‘s “When Will I Ever Learn to Live in God” pictures Morrison watching the sun set over Avalon, the mythic island where King Arthur was taken to heal his wounds after his final battle. Sunset, autumn and death are the recurrent themes of that album, but Morrison vows to “tear down the old, bring in the new.” That’s exactly what he does on Enlightenment.

This album is Morrison’s spiritual resurrection, and he comes out stomping with “Real Real Gone,” his most engaging R&B raveup since the days of “Domino.” The theme of rebirth recurs throughout the record. Morrison and his lover are “gonna make a brand new start” in “Avalon of the Heart,” and Van hits his most optimistic mood in “Start All Over Again.” The mixture of spiritual and erotic love infuses Morrison’s writing in “See Me Through,” “She’s a Baby” and especially “So Quiet in Here,” in which the singer finds heaven in a contemplative moment by the sea.

Morrison is so pleased with his new start that he can even poke fun at his quest on the title track. “I’m in the here and now and I’m meditating/And still I’m suffering but that’s my problem,” he sings. “Enlightenment, don’t know what it is” - and he doesn’t sound disturbed at all.

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Thanks to robbiem for sharing the tracks at Dime.

robbiem noted:

Many thanks and much appreciation for all the tapers, masterers and seeders for making this sort of thing possible. Special thanks to prb for being a font of knowledge and clarity.

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Track 01. Real Real Gone 5:01
March 10, 2016; Falkonersalen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Track 02. Enlightenment 3:18
March 7, 1992; Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, UK
Track 03. So Quiet In Here 4:24
July 15, 2014; Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux, Switzerland
Track 04. Avalon of the Heart 3:16
November 25, 1990; Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
Track 05. See Me Through workshop 9:10
November 20, 1993; Bockenheimer Depot, Frankfurt, Germany
Track 06. Youth of 1,000 Summers 3:12
February 29, 1996; Sala La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
Track 07. In The Days Before Rock and Roll 6:21
November 13, 1990; Wembley Arena, London, UK
Track 08. Start All Over Again 3:39
August 31, 2018; Wrest Park, Silsoe, UK
Track 09. She’s My Baby 4:45
December 21, 1990; Point Depot, Dublin
44 mins

Memories never performed live

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  2. Wonder if he’s got covid yet ??

    By HHH on Aug 23, 2021

  3. This guy has my fav Un of all

    By U L E on Aug 24, 2021

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