Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Who Says Van Doesn't Have a Christmas Album?


Who says Van doesn't have a Christmas album? He does but he probably doesn't know about it.  Someone has collected bootleg performances of the most "Christmassy" of Van's songs.  A year or so ago I noticed discussion on the Van Morrison Fan Club site at Fan Pop about a Van Morrison Christmas album.  It seemed ridiculous at the time but Bob Dylan put one out so maybe Van will one day as well.  In the meantime there's this bootleg Van Christmas album (called "volume 1" no less).





Track List Volume 1:

01 - Snow In San Anselmo - Van Morrison Taken from The Orphanage, San Francisco, California July 29th 1974 (Soundboard).
02 - Spirit - Van Morrison From Van’s Historic Performance captured to film - Live @ The Montreux Jazz Festival July 10th 1980.
03 - Glad Tidings - Van Morrison 1970 - Fillmore West - San Francisco, California (Soundboard) April 26th, 1970
04 - Brand New Day - Van Morrison Taken From the JTT Factory Pressed Disc - Gets His Chance To Wail 1969-1971
05 - These Dreams Of You - Van Morrison An EAC CD Rip from “It’s Never Too Late ” 1973 from Silvers Collection. Taken from the Original Acetates Recorded during Van Morrison & The Caledonia Soul Orchestra’s World Tour 1973.
06 - Ballerina - Van Morrison From Van’s Historic Performance captured to film - Live @ The Montreux Jazz Festival July 10th 1980.
07 - Bring It On Home - Van Morrison A JTT Original Streaming Audio Captured and Edited, Pacific High Studios, San Francisco, CA. (09.05.71)
08 - Crazy Love - Van Morrison From The Fillmore West, The New 2010 SBD from JTT Uncirculated Rare Track (10.09.70)
09 - Hallelujah I Love Her So - Van Morrison Taken From a Rare Track from Van’s Live In Coventry, England, Audio Stream (01.25.02) Off Van’s Bootleg One Night Stands (rare songs that have been performed “Live” only once).
10 - Listen To The Lion - Van Morrison From Van’s Historic Performance captured to film - Live @ The Montreux Jazz Festival July 10th 1980.
11 - I Shall Sing - Van Morrison 1973’s Irish Troubadour, Rare Unplugged Version EAC CD Rip from Silver’s Collection Track Taken From “Talk About Pop” - RTE TV (11.09.73)
12 - It’s Love Time - Van Morrison Taken From a Rare Track from Van’s Live In Coventry, England (01.25.02) Off Van’s Bootleg One Night Stands (rare songs that have been performed “Live” only once).
13 - Warm Love - Van Morrison From the 1973 Irish Troubadour, A Rare Unplugged Version, EAC CD Rip from Silver’s Collection Track Taken From Van’s “Talk About Pop” - RTE TV (11.09.73)
14 - If I Ever Needed Someone - Van Morrison Taken From the JTT Factory Pressed Disc - Gets His Chance To Wail 1969-1971 several others.
 15 - Everybody’s Talking - Van Morrison Taken from The Lions Share, The Rare 7 SoundBoard Tracks Edition (02.15.73)
16 - Kingdom Hall - Van Morrison From Van’s Historic Performance captured to film - Live @ The Montreux Jazz Festival July 10th 1980.
17- Joyous Sound - Van Morrison From Van’s Historic Performance captured to film - Live @ The Montreux Jazz Festival July 10th 1980.
Total Time 77:13
This blog doesn't endorse bootleg albums.  I'm particularly annoyed that numerous internet sites offer official Van Morrison releases as 'free downloads'.  Van is a great artist and 'is worthy of his wages' (to use a Biblical phrase).  However, after buying all the official material the Van fan usually turns his attention to the bootleg recordings of live performances.  (Van's concert performances can be among the best on the planet.)  From a legal standpoint this is still illegal.  However, ethically, downloading concerts is not depriving Van Morrison of one cent in income.  I wish Van would release more concerts on CD, not just one every 10 years or so which seems to be the schedule he's on now.

3 comments:

  1. Van Morrison is the Picasso of Rock Music.

    He takes these songs apart and puts them back together in so many freakin' ways. It's like cubism.

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  2. His live stuff is amazing. Van Morrison radio has thousands of live songs and, over time, you can hear the differences between each 'version' of a song.

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  3. As the editor and compiler of the this - Happy Holidays from FreeMorrison.
    Quite a project and she flows like a lovely river.

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