Friday, October 02, 2009

What We're Listening to - Van Morrison live.

Recently I've listened to two different live concert CDs by Van Morrison.

The most recent release is this year's Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl. Taken from performances on November 7 and 8, 2008, when four decades after its initial release, at the age 63, Van Morrison revisited Astral Weeks live in its entirety at the Hollywood Bowl.

The second CD is "...It's Too Late to Stop Now..." In contrast, this set captures "Van the man" in his early prime during some 1973 concerts including local venues The Troubadour and the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. This CD includes early hits like Gloria, Brown Eyed Girl and a mix of covers of various soul classics.

Both CDs are testimony to the songwriter, singer and performer.

Van Morrison has a long history of being the definition of a mercurial, talented, sometimes erratic and often brilliant performer and musical artist. I've never had the pleasure of seeing him live in concert, but I can guarantee that both of these CDs underscore the brilliance that Van Morrison can deliver and will make you want to see him the next time he is in town. Great music and it is fun to listen to both knowing that they capture an artist 35 years apart but delivering terrific music. Van Morrison is truly "the man", take a listen and hear why!

For an extra tasty musical treat, visit his website which features a performance of "Sweet Thing" from the Hollywood Bowl shows.

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