December 10, 2012 – 4:31 am

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Belfast 2012 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Europa Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland. October 20, 2012. Aired on November 2 on French TSF Jazz. Excellent digital satellite radio broadcast.

On October 2, 2012, Van Morrison released his 34th studio album, Born To Sing: No Plan B, and on October 20, Morrison performed at the Europa Hotel, Belfast as part of the Belfast Festival at Queens.

Thanks to UncleWolfi who recorded and shared the show on the net; and to vanomatic who shared it on Dime.

Here is an excerpt of the Van Morrison interview with the Belfast Telegraph.

John Bennett: Van, Born To Sing/No Plan B - that has been the working-title, as I understand it, right from the start of the album. That’s the one you have settled on. It’s going out as that then?

Van: Yeah, but I don’t really want No Plan B to be a distraction or a red herring. It seems that people have a lot of questions about that. There isn’t really any question. Born To Sing/No Plan B - it is what it says it is. There’s no hidden meaning or anything.

JB: Elaborate on that a bit. How do you mean there is no plan B?

Van: Well that’s my profession. Singing is my profession. There is no plan B. Maybe there might be one later on? I don’t know! There could be a plan B later but there isn’t one right now.

JB: You were born to sing, do I take that literally?

Van: Yeah, well I think so.

JB: Even from when you were going to school?

Van: Well, apparently before that. What they tell me is that I was singing in the pram. That’s what I was told.

JB: At what age were you aware then that this was going to be your livelihood?

Van: I wasn’t really aware until I was looking at the Alan Lomax Folk Guitar book. I didn’t really know until that point because I was trying to work out, you know, what Leadbelly was doing on a 12 string, on a 6 string, so I didn’t really know until then because before then I wanted to be a vet…

JB: Born To Sing/No Plan B it is then. I have to say Van, listening to the album, it took me on the almost proverbial journey through a lot of my emotions but I suppose as an artist, whether you’re a visual artist or a musical artist, that’s the idea, to push as many emotional buttons as you can?

Van: Well it’s all about doing what you’re meant to do and no frills, like Mose Allison said about me, if you want to look it up, ‘There’s no smoke or mirrors, there’s no lights. It is what you get.’ That’s basically what you get. I’m not a tap dancing act. It’s just singing.

JB: As I, and as most fans, would have expected it is an eclectic mixture and, going back to the emotions, I found myself listening to some of the tracks and I was uplifted by them. In some of them I was agreeing with you when you were having a go at materialism and how the bankers and the world elite are ruling us and then in other ones…?

Van: Well, I’m not really having a go. It’s like, as Lenny Bruce said. ‘It’s observation baby!’ It’s not having a go. It’s just observing what’s going on.’

JB: I take your point. Coming back to my point, if you show this discrepancy or the way this thing operates and you show it patently in your music people are going to assume, rightly or wrongly, that you are making a protest and they are going to label you, I think it’s a label you would fight against strongly, they are going to label you some sort of protest singer are they not?

Van: No. So that means everyone that talks about financial crisis and how people are getting screwed and losing all their money is protesting? Is a protestor? Is that what you’re saying?

JB: So that means that everybody that comes on the news or reads out the news is protesting? But they are not putting it in as powerful a medium as you might be doing with your music? That’s the point I’m making.

Van: Well, it all depends on your viewpoint but I don’t see it as protest. I just see it as song writing. It’s simply observation. Journalists write about this stuff, so say is he protesting? No, he’s not protesting. He’s just writing a piece, so I don’t think it’s protesting.

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Track 01. Bye Bye Blackbird 03:57 (5.4MB)
Track 02. Only A Dream 04:59 (6.8MB)
Track 03. Let’s Get Lost 04:26 (6.1MB)
Track 04. Who Can I Turn To 04:08 (5.6MB)
Track 05. Open The Door To Your Heart 03:28 (4.7MB)
Track 06. Mystic Of The East 04:49 (6.6MB)
Track 07. Baby Please Don’t Go 02:38 (3.6MB)
Track 08. Moondance 05:32 (7.6MB)
Track 09. Precious Time 03:21 (4.6MB)
Track 10. How Can A Poor Boy 04:46 (6.5MB)
Track 11. Keep Mediocrity At Bay 03:56 (5.4MB)
Track 12. That’s Life 04:19 (5.9MB)
Track 13. Ballerina 06:15 (8.5MB)
Track 14. Announcement Van Morrison 00:11 (274k)
Track 15. Benediction 03:23 (4.6MB)

Van Morrison - vocals
Paul Moore - bass
Paul Moran - keyboards, trumpet, musical director
Dave Keary - guitars
Alistair White - trombone
Chris White - saxophone
Jeff Lardner - drums
Rod Quinn - percussion

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  1. 24 Responses to “VAN MORRISON - BELFAST 2012”

  2. this show sounds very good..
    I just have to comment on Bye Bye Blackbird..I have loved Joe Cockers studio version of this for , what, 40 plus years now and Jimmy Page`s wrenching, dissonant, heartfelt, guitar solo is one of his most compact and best ever. give it a listen.

    By sluggo on Dec 10, 2012

  3. Wow. John Bennett sure had an agenda going during that interview, trying very hard to force Van Morrison to admit to being something he was not. It’s like this - John: Hey Van, is crime bad? “Duh!”, says Van. John: So you’re a protester then! Van: What! You’re nuts! Everyone can see that it’s a crime. John was trying to put words into Van’s mouth. Van was having none of it.

    By 4yrsnojob on Dec 11, 2012

  4. As advertised, excellent sound quality. This is the jazzier side of Van Morrison with a horn-based band. As usual, it will take me several listens to evaluate a new Van Morrison recording — the quality of the musicianship is generally so high that the subtleties seep out over time. But he is clearly in fine singing voice. Thanks too for the link to the insightful interview. Thanks Big O!

    By Jania on Dec 11, 2012

  5. In addition to vocals, Van plays harmonica, alto sax, acoustic guitar and I think piano on the songs that have both piano and organ. He played all four when I saw him at the New Orleans JazzFest in 2010.

    By BillfromPgh on Dec 12, 2012

  6. Different band different set list at JF. Seen Van do his jazz shows when all he does is hold the mic.

    By oldwolf on Dec 13, 2012

  7. Van’s concert in Belfast September 2012, and an interview, are to be broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster on New Year’s Day

    By BigJoe on Dec 15, 2012

  8. Thanks for the Van, Belfast, BigO, but shame it is incomplete.
    After ‘That’s Life’, there was ‘All in the Game/Burning Ground’, then ‘In the Garden’ and finished with ‘Star of the County Down’.

    #BigJoe: Will you be posting that??

    By arcadian on Dec 24, 2012

  9. Also missing Brown Eyed Girl and Enlightenment, but probably cut by radio station to fit program time. Still an excellent set.

    By arcadian on Dec 30, 2012

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    By Grant on Dec 30, 2012

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