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featuring the Caledonia Soul Orchestra
San Diego 1973 [JF Archive Series Vol 22 via JEMS, 1CD]

Live at the Sports Arena, San Diego, CA; December 1, 1973. Very good audience recording.

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

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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 JFís cassette masters. The recordings were made with low-end equipment but yielded surprisingly listenable results.

Van Morrison - Sports Arena, San Diego, CA; December 1, 1973

Known Faults:
- Hard Times: end cut
- I Believe To My Soul: start cut
- Gloria: start slightly cut

The San Diego show is yet another significant performance and recording and happens to be one of JF’s favorites as you’re about to read.

JF writes:
The next night after San Bernardino, Van traveled down to San Diego and we followed him. This was a period when he was really playing a lot in California. He said it perfectly in “I’ve Been Working” (recorded well before these shows, of course):

I been up the thruway,
Down the thruway
Up the thruway, down the thruway
Up the thruway, down, up down, back
Up again

There may never have been a greater time or place for Van fans. In particular, this San Diego show has always been one of my favorite memories. Likely still smarting over the horrible sound system and PA issues the night before in San Bernardino, at one point this night Van seemed to lose interest. He just up and walked off the stage, leaving the band to jam in his absence. In real time, it seemed like he left for 20 minutes, although of course it was shorter than that. But still, I’m pretty sure I remember one of the musicians leaving the stage, too, after awhile, presumably in an effort to get Van to come back out. Which he did eventually and carried on in great form.

The San Diego incident, along with another I witnessed at a concert in Anaheim nearly a year later (11/16/74, coming up later in our series), give me license to have my say about a lot of nonsense that has been written over the years about Van’s temperament and the so-called “uneven” quality of his performances. Van may not do what you expect him to do. He may not do what anybody else does. He may do exactly what young performers are taught NOT to do in schools and conservatories. But he always engages his muse, no matter how rough or how unorthodox his method may be. That is what I love Van Morrison for.

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San Diego repeats the same set list as San Bernardino save for one major change, the last known performance of Ray Charles’ “Hard Times” until its momentary resurrection for two appearances in Leipzig in 2002. The song debuted at the Shrine shows earlier in the month. This is also the second to last performance ever of John Lee Hooker’s “Boogie Chillen” (or as some call it, “Harmonica Boogie Chillen”). Van would play it in Montreux the following year then never again.

Despite taking place in a large sports arena, the sound quality is much improved. In fact, given JF’ gear and the venue, it is a pretty impressive capture for 1973. A bit distant, but rich and clear with little-to-no audience interference.

Like the preceding shows, Van is mixing recent material, covers and classics. The show begins with two unknown instrumental numbers (if you can identify the tunes, please do let us know) which lead to an instrumental “Moondance” intro before someone said, “And now ladies and gentleman, here is Van Morrison,” at which point “Moondance” stops and the band immediately launches into “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; the aforementioned “Boogie Chillen” and “Hard Times”; along with 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.”

Once again, our gratitude goes to JF, who reached out on DIME (you should 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 tapes. We are pleased to be able to bring his work to all of you. Please let him know through your comments that you are, too. We also appreciate the unnamed Van collectors who helped get JFís masters back in his control. JF was also kind enough to include scans of his ticket stubs for this show which are included  in the artwork.

We want to acknowledge the value and work of, the definitive Van Morrison setlist archive on the web. It has been a constant reference tool for this entire series. Of course kudos as well to mjk5510, who continues his essential role as JEMS’ post-production and quality-control supervisor. He is as much a part of JEMS at this point as I am.


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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 5:07
Track 02. Instrumental 5:03
Track 03. Moondance Instrumental Prelude 1:09
Track 04. Come Running 2:34
Track 05. Ain’t Nothin’ You Can Do 3:04
Track 06. Warm Love 3:05
Track 07. Into The Mystic 5:08
Track 08. I’ve Been Working 7:55
Track 09. I Just Want To Make Love To You 5:23
Track 10. Here Comes The Night 3:38
Track 11. Hard Times 5:03
Track 12. I Believe To My Soul 1:45
Track 13. Help Me 3:32
Track 14. Boogie Chillen 4:43
Track 15. Domino 4:38
Track 16. Caravan 7:15
Track 17. Gloria 3:03
Track 18. Brown Eyed Girl 3:15
76 mins

Van Morrison
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. 14 Responses to “VAN MORRISON - SAN DIEGO 1973”

  2. Wonder if he has caught covid yet?

    By HHH on Dec 3, 2022

  3. Also wondering who the original U L E is. Guess that we will never know now.

    By HHH on Dec 3, 2022

  4. U L E is just one of the many names here: a 7-year old boy pretending he has friends.

    By Mark on Dec 4, 2022

  5. I’m sick of this crap too . My friends that post here are sick of it and we are getting ready to do something about it . Name highjackers get ready , me and my gang are coming to get you

    By Derrick on Dec 4, 2022

  6. Who starts these rumors?

    By Jocko P on Dec 4, 2022

  7. Rumor has it Van gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Dec 4, 2022

  8. Our groupie nickname for Van was the Rock tripod . When he stood up naked in front of you it looked like he had three legs . He could fuck for hours . What stamina.

    By Groupie Chick Traci on Dec 4, 2022

  9. Van was humongous, extremely big . He was short which made his coc k seem even bigger. Tripod describes it . His cum was very tasty.

    By Megan , former groupie from the 70s on Dec 4, 2022

  10. It’s fairly obvious that “Megan , former groupie from the 70s”, is U L E posting as a female. It really show what a sick piece of shit he is

    By Derwick on Dec 5, 2022

  11. U L E has always been a urine-drinking, fudge-packer. Did you just now figure this out?

    By Kenny Greene on Dec 5, 2022

  12. So many faggots posting here .

    By Johnny Rebel on Dec 5, 2022

  13. So I feel right at home .

    By Johnny Rebel on Dec 5, 2022

  14. Twernt me on any post here all fakes I never even visited this website ever

    By U L E on Dec 5, 2022

  15. Lossless version available at 101 :)

    By leesa on Dec 12, 2022

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