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Hymns To The Silence Live! [no label, 2CD]

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

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Jay Cocks,

Morrison is too demanding - an eccentric performer who is likely to sing his best songs with his back turned. Too personal. Too unpredictable. Not quite presentable. And way too spiritual.

But Morrison does not make easy music, and he deserves more than easy answers. Especially now, when he has just released a new album, a 21-song, two-CD, 96-min. masterpiece, Hymns to the Silence (Polydor, 1991), that has actually crept onto the Billboard charts. It’s no threat to Guns N’ Roses, mind you, but at least it has made a showing. There’s even a rumor that it’s getting played on the radio.

For anyone interested in getting serious about Morrison (no casual listeners need apply), his new set can be heartily recommended as a good way to start an obsession. Hymns focuses and redefines Morrison’s themes over his long career, rather like a museum retrospective already in progress. It dips deep into autobiography, spiritual speculation and blues mythology for its themes.

There are moments when Morrison can inflect a lyric like Mose Allison, other times when he can spin out a blues line like John Lee Hooker. It’s a daft and reckless mix, but Morrison makes it work through sheer force of spirit, what he once called, in a memorable song, the “inarticulate speech of the heart.” His rhythms are irresistible, his lyrics like an amalgam of Yeats, Kerouac and Chuck Berry…

You can hear Morrison courting this muse in the Pentecostal growls and incantations of Listen to the Lion on his 1972 album Saint Dominic’s Preview, or personifying it on his new album in Village Idiot, whose protagonist “wears his overcoat in the summer/ And short sleeves in the winter time” but who is nourished by some secret spiritual serenity: “Don’t you know he’s onto something… Sometimes he looks so happy/ As he goes strolling by.”

Like this sainted idiot, Morrison seems to be sustained by some spiritual essence. He also shares with the idiot a contempt for catering to anyone, a disdain for superficial cool… That connection is all that’s important, and once achieved and maintained, it needs no gift wrapping. No major show-biz showmanship. No kissing up to MTV, no interviews in the press…

Some listeners might be tempted to say this Belfast cowboy - as the Band’s Robbie Robertson once called him in a song - is, in fact, a little mad. But if so, his is a fine madness. Morrison asks his own questions (”Can you feel the silence?”) and provides his own answers (”((We)) carried on dreaming in God”). Those very dreams are the songs he shares. His music is a perpetual state of grace.

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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.

Be Thou My Vision, Pagan Streams, Quality Street and I Need Your Kind of Loving.

In their place, I chose to add some tracks from Veedon Fleece, not because of any stylistic synergy but because of mathematics. Many of the VF songs were either very lightly played, not played at all or included only as brief portions of workshops. There were four that were played with any regularity. It also turned out that Streets of Arklow and You Don’t Pull No Punches, et al, were joined for a period of time so that chose itself.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Professional Jealousy
September 15, 1991; Penyrheol Theatre, Gorseinon, Wales
Track 102. I’m Not Feeling It Anymore
June 17, 1996; Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
Track 103. Ordinary Life
September 11, 1992; Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Track 104. Some Peace Of Mind
October 6, 1991; Kings Hotel, Newport, Wales
Track 105. So Complicated
May 2, 2012; Milennium Forum, Derry, Northern Ireland
Track 106. I Can’t Stop Loving You
February 26, 2000; York Barbican, York, UK
Track 107. Why Must I Always Explain?
May 23, 2003; Gerrard AOL Marquee, Hay-on-Wye, UK
Track 108. Village Idiot
September 13, 1991; Kings Hotel, Newport, Wales
Track 109. See Me Through, Part II (Just A Closer Walk With Thee)
December 3, 1997; St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Wales
Track 110. Haunts of Ancient Peace/Take Me Back/Hymns To The Silence
April 18, 1992; Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA
48 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. By His Grace
January 18, 2016; Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
Track 202. All Saints Day
August 14, 1999; Riddarholmsscenen, Stockholm, Sweden
Track 203. On Hyndford Street
August 8, 2009; Circus Maximus Theatre at Caesar’s Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Track 204. Streets of Arklow/You Don’t Pull No Punches, but You Don’t Push the River
April 24, 2006; WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York
Track 205. Carrying A Torch-with Clare Teal
March 25, 2015; Benefit for Teenage Cancer Trust, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
Track 206. Green Mansions
April 27, 1992; Paramount Theatre, New York
Track 207. Bulbs
September 13, 1974; Minneapolis Auditorium, Minneapolis
Track 208. It Must Be You
June 20, 1992; Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon, UK
Track 209. Fair Play
July 18, 2010; Blues Peer, Festivalterreinen, Peer, Belgium

41 mins

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  2. Wonder if he has caught covid yet ??

    By HHH on Aug 25, 2021

  3. Rumor has it Van gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Aug 25, 2021

  4. How much of this stuff is there?
    What’s next…..van Morriston goes for a crap?
    I’m all for a BigO posting a series but this is too much
    Van Morriston masterbates?
    Change it too a Bob Dylan 1966 series

    By Tired of Van Morrision on Aug 25, 2021

  5. And yes I know it’s Van Morrison…
    F ucking spell checker !

    By Tired of Van Morrison on Aug 25, 2021

  6. Rumor has it Van gots a Big Un that I want to suck and put up my ass

    By U L E on Aug 25, 2021

  7. Thanks for sharing that, U_L_E. We already knew that you’re gay.

    By Ted on Aug 25, 2021

  8. Hey Tired, Shut your gob! More Van Morrison BigO! Simply wondrful! Thank you!

    By Walter Ocner on Aug 25, 2021

  9. You are obviously a worthless piece of garbage Ocner
    and what kind of name is that mother f ucker lol
    where the did you come from asshole?
    If you are such a fan of this man why haven’t you already got these ROIOs?

    By Tired of Walter Ocner on Aug 25, 2021

  10. Last one twernt me nuther fake

    By U L E on Aug 26, 2021

  11. I’m tired of Van Morrison too . Especially tired of these shows with songs from different dates in bunched together . Morrison’s heyday and prime was the seventies. Who wants to hear a song from 73 , followed by a song in the 90s or turn of the century when he’s a geezer? A complete show from the seventies would be great .

    By Pat Grooms on Aug 26, 2021

  12. Tired of geezer rock . Was hoping that The Rolling Stones would have the good sense to finally retire after Charlie Watts died . I hear that they are going to tour with a new drummer. 80 year old guys playing rock music isn’t a pretty sight. Pretty pathetic.

    By Pat Grooms on Aug 26, 2021

  13. Yes I’m also disappointed by the Stones decision to carry on.
    Would the same be true if Jagger died?
    Look for at least 30 years (only) they definitely were the greatest. ……but they should have quit at least 20 years ago it’s true
    If only to bow out at a peak and preserve the myth and status they built around themselves
    Sad all round

    By The Truth on Aug 26, 2021

  14. Twernt me on any of the above . Fakes run amok

    By U L E on Aug 26, 2021

  15. At least Zeppelin had the sense to break up after I died. Like I said before, Mick Jagger is a greedy bastard.

    By John Bonham on Aug 26, 2021

  16. It figures. The Stones are replacing Watts with a nigger drummer. They already have a nigger bass player. Pretty soon they will replace Keith Richards with a nigger guitarist

    By John Bonham on Aug 26, 2021

  17. Your gonna need a bigger boat. Thats a 20 footer. 25 3 tons of him

    By swappers on Aug 26, 2021

  18. Im watching some kiddie porn and jumping up n down jacking off my rod

    By swappers on Aug 26, 2021

  19. Im watching some gay porn and drooling jacking off my tiny penis

    By Derrick on Aug 26, 2021

  20. Thanks for all the Van, it’s much appreciated!

    By Johnny Guitar on Aug 26, 2021

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