VAN MORRISON - SAN ANSELMO 1971

February 20, 2014 – 4:49 am

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VAN MORRISON
My New World Crystal Ball [Rattlesnake RS 255/56, 2CD]

Live at The Lion’s Share, San Anselmo, CA; August 8, 1971. Excellent soundboard. Speed/Pitch Corrected.

Thanks to simonlofc for the speed/pitch correction and sharing this at Dime.

simonlofc also noted: “Many thanks to Goody for all his help in this. He advised, sent figures and generally did all the work. Also many thanks to Ethiessen for the new artwork done in record time and perfect as always.”

Stuart posted the following at collectorsmusicreviews.com:

Straight from the reels recorded at the Lion’s Share, the tiny musicians’ club in San Anselmo, CA, favoured by local residents and the scene of Janis Joplin’s funeral wake where the Grateful Dead were asked to play, comes this stunning tape featuring both the early and late shows from Van Morrison.

The two shows were very possibly the result of either an early promotional drive for the Tupelo Honey LP – Van’s “Country And Western” album - or were organised for a warm up night for Van to show up and rehearse.

The recording here has Van’s voice pushed towards the left channel with the instruments pushed towards the right, the ambiance is correct for a small club recording when songs are played acoustically or with a full band. The closest I can think of is the Borderline recording with Ry Cooder/Neil Young or Patti Smith at CBGBs though there may be more that may spring to your mind.

Van’s set is almost identical for both the early and late shows with just a couple of changes in the evening for a bawdier nighttime crowd… It seems the second audience may get the better end of the bargain though as Van opens up and varies his set list just a little more…

Honestly, this may be the best Van recording I’ve heard, not withstanding its slightly wonky mix of vocals, its beauty is in the fun that Morrison and his band are having. A fantastic recording, a great night. Another must-have release from the ’Snake - lets hope we don’t have to wait another 10 years for more.

Lineage:
SBD from Reels
Silvers > Eac Secure to WAV > TLH to Flac Level 8 Aligned
Wavelab 6 > Sony Pitch Corrector (Early Show +70 cents; Late Show +59 cents) > TLH Aligned to Flac Level 8
A Hands Across The Ocean Production

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Disc 1 (Early show)
Track 101. Sweet Thing (acoustic) 7:51 (13.2MB)
Track 102. I Wanna Roo You (acoustic) 3:26 (5.8MB)
Track 103. Tupelo Honey (acoustic) 8:12 (13.8MB)
Track 104. Que Sera Sera 0:54 (1.5MB)
Track 105. Hound Dog 2:42 (4.5MB)
Track 106. These Dreams Of You 4:08 (7.0MB)
Track 107. Let It Be Me 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 108. Tennessee Waltz 3:52 (6.5MB)
Track 109. Moonshine Whiskey 8:40 (14.6MB)
Track 110. Just Like A Woman 8:50 (14.8MB)
Track 111. I’ve Been Working 5:58 (10.0MB)
Track 112. Domino 7:12 (12.1MB)
Track 113. Buena Sera Senorita 3:31 (5.9MB)
71 mins

Disc 2 (Late show)
Track 201. Sweet Thing (acoustic) 8:40 (14.6MB)
Track 202. Street Choir (acoustic) 6:56 (11.6MB)
Track 203. Tupleo Honey (acoustic) 6:08 (10.3MB)
Track 204. Que Sera Sera 0:19 (543k)
Track 205. Hound Dog 2:37 (4.4MB)
Track 206. These Dreams Of You 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 207. When That Evening Sun Goes Down 3:03 (5.1MB)
Track 208. Let It Be Me 5:01 (8.4MB)
Track 209. Moonshine Whiskey 7:13 (12.1MB)
Track 210. Just Like A Woman 8:21 (14.0MB)
Track 211. I’ve Been Working 5:22 (9.0MB)
Track 212. Gloria 3:51 (6.5MB)
Track 213. Domino 7:45 (13.0MB)
Track 214. Buena Sera Senorita 3:46 (6.3MB)
73 mins

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  1. 30 Responses to “VAN MORRISON - SAN ANSELMO 1971”

  2. Killer VM shows, thanks Big O!

    By Ernie Clark on Feb 20, 2014

  3. Thanks you Big O
    . . this looks fabulous and we haven’t had any Van for a while. Always like more Morrison to add to the collection and can’t wait to check this out.
    FANXT!

    By swappers on Feb 20, 2014

  4. This looks wonderful.. Thanks BigO!

    By Tom on Feb 20, 2014

  5. Truly amazing show from a man at the height of his performing powers.

    By AndrewWild on Feb 20, 2014

  6. One time when I saw Van Morrison he was basically performing the setlist that became his “o late to stop now” live lp.
    He had a crack band and the arrangements were tight, Van sang, hollered danced and also played sax and then as soon as the last note of each song faded he stood alone, head down and silent.He seems to have a huge case of stage fright but when that music starts up again.BAM..awesome..thanks for this !

    By sluggo on Feb 20, 2014

  7. Yeah, saw Van in Manchester in ‘83 (my first gig, unbelievably), and again at the same venue with The Chieftains, probably in ‘88, and at Glastonbury in ‘89. But not since.

    By AndrewWild on Feb 20, 2014

  8. would have been very cool to see him with the
    Chieftains.

    By sluggo on Feb 20, 2014

  9. The Chieftains did a set, perhaps 30-40 minutes, then a break, then Van with his band for an hour, mostly stuff from Poetic Champions Compose as I recall, then the whole of Irish Heartbeat, with the Oirish boys and Van *smiling* from time to time.

    Also saw The Chieftains in Stoke-on-Trent (any Brits here will be laughing at that) in the early 90s. Quite a different audience at that one, to be sure.

    AW

    By AndrewWild on Feb 20, 2014

  10. T H A N K Y O U!

    For years, I’ve enjoyed the demo/outtake collections “Gypsy Soul,” “Naked in the Jungle,” & “Laughing in the Wind,” and I didn’t think I’d ever hear anything as intimate and illuminating. These shows are terrific, and the sound quality is, too. I have never seen Van Morrison live -something I regret, but there it is- and this is as close as I’m likely to get. I hope my neighbors like it-they can definitely hear it right now.

    By Eric on Feb 20, 2014

  11. Turn it up, Eric!

    By AndrewWild on Feb 20, 2014

  12. T H A N K Y O U!

    For years, I’ve enjoyed the demo/outtake collections “Gypsy Soul,” “Naked in the Jungle,” & “Laughing in the Wind,” and I didn’t think I’d ever hear anything as intimate and illuminating. These shows are terrific, and the sound quality is, too. I have never seen Van Morrison live -something I regret, but there it is- and this is as close as I’m likely to get. I hope my neighbors like it-they can definitely hear it right now.

    Aside from “Que Sera, Sera” (one of the worst songs ever written, right up there with “The Little Drummer Boy*” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me”)there are some real gems here, especially the Bob Dylan cover and the acoustic versions of songs that usually have a full arrangement. If Van released this, it would be one of his best live albums. “it’s Too Late to Stop Now” and “Belfast Opera House” are fine, but not as distinctive as this set.

    *David Bowie & Bing Crosby combined can’t redeem this song. Their performance of this song is almost as bad as the Bowie/Jagger “Dancing in the Streets” video. Bing should have been allowed to leave Hell long enough to bludgeon David & Mick with a one iron & run them over with a golf cart. He got plenty of practice beating his kids.

    By Eric on Feb 20, 2014

  13. eric..while i`m not a huge fan of que sera sera either,I did see dave alvin and the guilty women close a show with it one night and it was magic!

    By sluggo on Feb 21, 2014

  14. Great recording….does anyone know who is in the band?

    By JB on Feb 21, 2014

  15. sounds like John and Jack for sure :)

    By AndrewWild on Feb 21, 2014

  16. Dave Alvin, another musician I’d love to see live, I would’ve liked to see Doris Day, too. It’s just that song. It’s an earworm.

    By Eric on Feb 21, 2014

  17. @ jb there are “possible band Members ” listed on the back sleeve
    but a totally different band than that was playing with him a month later at pacific high studios
    Van Morrison - guitar, harmonica, vocal
    Ronnie Montrose - electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin
    Mark Jordan - piano, organ
    Bill Church - bass
    Bill Atwood - trumpet, trombone
    Jack Schroer - soprano, alto, and baritone saxophones, piano
    Rick Shlosser - drums, percussion
    Is it possible that he changed almost his entire band in a month? Well with Van - probably :-)

    What a great sounding show none the less.

    Ellen Schroer - vocals
    Janet Morrison - vocals

    By dwight on Feb 21, 2014

  18. Andrew Wild - you saw Van smiling? I find that hard to believe!

    By dwight on Feb 21, 2014

  19. I did indeed … he was remarkably relaxed and smiley that night … it was a blast :)

    By AndrewWild on Feb 21, 2014

  20. Bill Church? The Electric Church of Montrose and later Sammy Hagar fame??!! Nice!!!

    By DanC on Feb 22, 2014

  21. “Pitch corrected” ???
    I think not. Either it wasn’t slowed down enough… OR it was sped up, either way, this is too fast.

    By Timmy on Feb 22, 2014

  22. This is great!
    With earphones, when I play this on my computer, the vocal is in the center and it is stereo, on my mp3 player the vocal is on the left as in the description above. Anyone know why?
    Thank you for this.

    By Mike on Feb 25, 2014

  23. Anyone know why?

    no more advice from me no one says pretty please then i have to wish them dead.

    By dartherreah on Feb 25, 2014

  24. Hi Mike,

    It sounds to me that the mixes are different for each show … the vocal is far left on the second show, and the stereo spread for all instruments is much wider for the first show with vocal just left of centre.

    AW

    By AndrewWild on Feb 25, 2014

  25. On Dime and Electric Ladyland quite some alternate versions are available: speed corrected, mono, pitch & speed corrected aso.
    So far, I discovered about 6 different versions….

    By Jaap on Feb 27, 2014

  26. Oh, and all versions are lossless, no mp3!

    By Jaap on Feb 27, 2014

  27. Thanks so much!

    By Supersonic75 on Mar 3, 2014

  28. Big O, where do you come up with these gems? Excellent performances and very good sound quality. Thank you!

    By Jania on Mar 5, 2014

  29. i don’t care watt u guise seigh - i am getting this one! as always, thanks, bigO!

    I-)

    By I-) on Mar 10, 2014

  30. Oh Wow! Is there any chance to re upload this incredible show? Much appreciated….

    By Alan on Jun 12, 2021

  31. Hey Alan, you’ve got two hopes: Bob, and NO !!!

    By DD on Jun 12, 2021

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