Van Morrison: Live at Montreux 1980/1974
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Van Morrison's long and illustrious career has included many appearances at the Montreux Festival. This two DVD set focuses on two performances that have been chosen by Van to create his first ever DVD release. Dating from 1974 and 1980 they illustrate the evolution of his songwriting over this period and include many of his best loved tracks including "Wavelength", "Moondance", "Street Choir" and "Tupelo Honey" alongside other classics.
Disc One - July 10, 1980
1. Wavelength 2. Kingdom Hall 3. It Stoned Me 4. Troubadours 5. Spirit 6. Joyous Sound 7. Satisfied 8. Ballerina 9. Summertime in England 10. Moondance 11. Haunts of Ancient Peace 12. Wild Night 13. Listen to the Lion 14. Tupelo Honey 15. Angeliou
Disc Two - June 30, 1974
1. (It's Not The) Twilight Zone 2. I Like It Like That 3. Foggy Mountain Top 4. Bulbs 5. Boffyflow & Spike 6. Heathrow Shuffle 7. Naked in the Jungle 8. Street Choir 9. Harmonica Boogie 10. Since I Fell For You
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I suppose the 1980 concert is on the first disc because it is longer and the band larger. But overall, I like disc two better. The 1974 set features Van with a stripped down band of mostly unrehearsed studio musicians who just set the stage on fire. In the 1974 concert, Van just seems more electric and inspired, while in the 1980 concert he often seems dazed, listless and a little flat in his delivery though his first-rate musicians always take up his slack. Don't get me wrong, I like both discs, but go back and think of what I am saying especially while you watch him sing Moondance.
My favorite cuts on disc one are an uplifting Troubadours; a driving, pulsating Satisfied; a mystical Haunts of Ancient Peace; and a rousing Wild Night. On disc two, I was stoked by a dazzling Twilight Zone; the great keyboards on Foggy Mountain Top; a raucous Naked In The Jungle; and a soulful Street Choir.
Live At Montreux 1980 and 1974 is one treasure from the vault that should top the wish lists of all Van Morrison fans who so not yet own this. Get it, you won't regret it.