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Filmed at the BBC Radio Theatre, Sir Van Morrison performs an intimate In Concert show. The Belfast born Van the Man performs a selection of tracks, old and new, from his iconic back catalogue through to Keep Me Singing. Tracks include the classic hit Brown Eyed Girl, Wild Night and Cleaning Windows. This intimate show is an up close and personal performance by the Grammy award winning Celtic soul troubadour who is arguably one of the most influential songwriters and performers in the history of popular music.
Also included is the 60-minute bonus concert Up on Cyprus Avenue, recorded on his 70th birthday to celebrate this milestone. The 12-song show is set on the Belfast Avenue Cyprus Hill, made famous through Van's iconic 1968 album Astral Weeks. Van plays hits including Moondance, Brown Eyed Girl and Baby Please Don't Go.
- Full 60 minute Up On Cyprus Avenue concert.
1. Too Late
2. Magic Time
3. Wild Night
4. Medley: Baby Please Don't Go / Don't Start Crying Now
5. Here Comes The Night
6. Every Time I See A River
7. Cleaning Windows / Be-Bop A Lula
8. Let It Rhyme
9. Whenever God Shines His Light
10. Sometimes We Cry
11. Going Down To Bangor
12. The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword
13. Keep Me Singing
15. Carrying A Torch
16. Brown Eyed Girl
17. Jackie Wilson Said
18. In The Garden
1. Cyprus Avenue
2. Celtic Swing
3. Cleaning Windows / Be-Bop A Lua
4. Days Like This
5. Precious Time
6. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
7. Baby Please Don't Go / Parchman Farm / Don't Start Crying Now
8. It's All In The Game
9. Burning Ground
10. Whenever God Shines His Light
11. And The Healing Has Begun
12. On Hyndford Street
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WHOA! - I just watched and listened to the "bonus concert", Up On Cyprus Avenue. This bonus is better than the concert recorded at the BBC Radio Theater. The concert at the BBC Radio Theater, while great, is in a controlled environment. The concert "Up On Cyprus Avenue", near Van's home town, is the real deal. It is like watching Van at a local festival.
Of course, as expected, the musicians and back up singer are at the top of their game. WOW
I also need to mention, I ordered this disc on a Saturday and received on Sunday - how cool is that?
And Van is not the only one who basically disappoints. His backing band is no better than painfully mediocre. "In Concert" is 76 minutes long; "Up on Cypress Avenue" is 59 minutes long. Both concerts together offer 35 songs, with no fewer than 5 performed twice between them. This entropic release should never be uttered in the same breath as Van's "Too Late to Stop Now," far and away his best live recording and one of the best you'll hear anywhere. The contrast between that live recording and this live recording is striking and downright unnerving. Have his talent and pride declined that much, as "Van Morrison in Concert" might suggest? Does he even care to put out something remotely representative of his once glorious, nonpareil voice, sterling musicianship, and ability to attract backing musicians of estimable quality? Van was a unique, great talent, and I like to think that talent is still with and in him, ready to be resummoned. There are sporadic sparks of it on this new live release, but there are nowhere near enough of them to justify buying this to anyone but a hard-core, dyed-in-the-wool, he-can-do-no-wrong, Van Morrison completist. As a huge, longtime admirer of his music, I pan this release reluctantly. But in good conscience I cannot urge anyone to spend their hard-earned money on it. It made me--I can't believe I'm admitting this--cringe far too frequently. One final criticism: The insert liner note written by someone named Adrian Thrills provides no thrills at all.
The band is excellent, the sound is good, the video is outstanding, but Van seems completely uninspired during both of these concerts. Adding insult to injury he ups the tempo on several classics to the point where they are almost unrecognizable. Sweet ballads like In The Garden and Whenever God Shines His Light couldn't be any worse if they were performed at a Holiday Inn by an uninspired lounge singer.
If this DVD and Van's recently released album are indicative of the the new Van, we won't be going to any more of his live performances. I'm feel privileged to have been able to hear him live when he could still perform.
Other reviewers have complained that Van isn't chatty and leaves the stage right away at the end of the first concert. Good grief, Van is a cantankerous fellow who's never been into chatting between songs, not even when he was young. Others have said his voice isn't strong. It doesn't have the bite it did when he was a young man, but it has more than enough soul to make up for it.
Van fans will be happy to have another video to catch Van the Man in action. Enjoy!
I can only hope that his past concerts will be upgraded to BD if only for higher quality sound.