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How Long Has This Been Going on

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Will Be There
  2. The New Symphony Sid
  3. Early In The Morning
  4. Who Can I Turn To
  5. Sack O' Woe
  6. Moondance
  7. Centerpiece
  8. How Long Has This Been Going On?
  9. Your Mind Is On Vacation
  10. All Saints Day
  11. Blues In The Night
  12. Don't Worry About A Thing
  13. That's Life
  14. Heathrow Shuffle


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 9, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: January 9, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000004706
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By G. J Wiener on May 26, 2001
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This CD featuring Van Morrison and Georgie Fame is a real treat. The arrangements are sharp and the piano and horn solos really captivate the soul. Van really mines many cover tunes from the thirties, forties, and fifities but contributes a few original reworkings. Sack Of Woe, Blues In The Night, and Your Mind Is On Vacation stand out for me but truthfully this CD is great from start to finish. Buy it now.
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I wasn't expecting much from Van Morrison doing covers of showtunes and standards from the 1940s and 1950s. It just goes to show though that one never knows an artist's real range until he or she starts exploring it. Although this is as different from the rest of his work as can be imagined, it is all superb. Additionally, these are are very unique renditions of songs I have on other discs by other artists and there is NO overlap. I'm not familiar with Georgie Fame but it is too bad that he and Van Morrsion only did this one work together. What a terrific combination they are. The title tune is worth the price of admission alone. This is a live recording too and I've noticed Van Morrison does particularly well when performing live as opposed to in the studio. Many musical artists do their best work live and perhaps it is the sheer exhiliration and joy of performance that they really need to bring out their best.

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Much of Van Morrison's musical appeal stems from his spiritual quests and backward glances at the music, from radio and records, which shaped his world ("Wavelength," "Real Real Gone," "Cleaning Windows," and other Morrison classics often mention "radio" or classic R&B giants in their lyrics). So its no suprise that he would eventually take his live band (including British R&B giant Georgie Fame and James Brown sax legend Pee Wee Ellis) to a London nightclub for a loose, jamming live jazz affair.
Morrison and friends nod to the giants of this style: Sinatra (on "That's Life" and "Blues In The Night") Louis Jordan (on "Sack o' Woe" and "Symphony Sid") Mose Allison (on "Your Mind is On Vacation" and who is quoted in the liner notes) and even Morrison himself, who presents the trad jazz version of "Moondance" every vocalist hoped to create. No one will mistake any of this for the triumphs of "Astral Weeks," or "Enlightenment," or whatever your favorite Morrison set may be. But it's a wonderful side trip down some jazz alleys only alluded to in Morrison's legendary body of work. Recommended.
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Although I've never really followed the music of either Van Morrison or Georgie Fame, Ive always respected their talents. Since I was in to some of the swing music that was going on at the time, I decided to give this a listen. And I really enjoyed it. I especially like the upbeat faster tunes on here like "Sack O" Wee, "The New Symphony Sid", and "All Saints Day" which reminds a little of the song Choo Choo Cha Boogie. It's on these songs that Morrison and Fame are at their best singing in unison with each other. All of this recorded LIVE in London with no overdubs, just that great spontanious jazzy sound by a couple heavyweight talents having some fun. So if there's any swingcats left over out there, I suggest you pick this album up. It won't disappoint.
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This a great live album you never hear about, upbeat with a jazzy twist to familiar songs. If your over 30 years old and not dead yet, this is a wonderful album to throw on at a party, appeals to wide age group without driving anyone crazy! "Sack O' Woe" one of many highlights.
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As a long - time - even- when- he -was- with- "Them" fan, this CD made me love Moondance like the rest of the world has since it was recorded. The rest of this CD showcases Van's incredible phrasing techniques and unique timing that brings to mind another master, Mr. Frank Sinatra. Van Morrison continues to make his presence felt through his music. For those of you who also love the blues, the latest B. B. King release, "Deuces Wild " features Van Morrison on the first cut.
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If Van Morrison's timid and mostly tuneless back-catalogue doesn't appeal to you, you may still love this happy-go-lucky effort. Track 10, "All Saints Day", is the best feel-good song I've got in my whole music collection. The rest of the album contains a host of jazzy gems, most notably the title track which breathes life and soul into one of Gershwin's less well-known compositions. Buy it!
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