Two Nights At Home with Van Morrison (Belfast,10/5-6/02) – disc 2

Tracks: 9, total time: 51:29, year: 2002, genre: CDR

Live at Belfast Waterfront Hall, 10/5/02 – completeshow\r
(Aud>?>CDR)\r
\r
Musicians:\r
Ned Edwards, Bobby Irwin, DavidHayes, Matt Holland, \r
Gavin Povey, Martin Winning\r
From the Treeannouncement:\r
[…] I’d like to review the two shows but really all Ican say is that \r
Van played Sweet Thing and I wept. At Saturday’s showthe \r
opening chords of this concert rarity were met by tumultuous\r
applause from many of the usual suspects seated in the front row.\r
I don’t think any of us could believe what we were hearing.\r
Vangenuinely seemed to enjoy the song and gave his guitar a \r
morethorough pounding than I’ve seen in some time. And it \r
happened. Thatrealisation that you are seeing and hearing \r
something very special -something in fact that you might never \r
experience more than once ortwice in a lifetime of concert going.\r
That feeling of warmth you getwhen music stops washing over \r
you and penetrates your very being, thefeeling you get when you \r
stop just hearing the music and startfeeling it. Maybe I was the \r
only one with tears in my eyes and maybenot, but I know that \r
there are enough fans out there who know whatI’m talking about\r
that I don’t mind admitting the moist eyes – and mea one time tight \r
head prop forward!\r
On Sunday night, forewarnedperhaps by the previous night’s \r
setlist, the song seemed to get aneven bigger response from the \r
crowd and Van and the band rose to theoccasion. The jury is out \r
on which of the two shows were the better,but for me a haunting \r
rendition of All In The Game on Sunday eveningswung the \r
balance.\r
No – Johnny Scott wasn’t on stage. No – therewas no Pee Wee \r
Ellis. No – this may not be the most technicallyproficient band that \r
Van has ever toured with, but on Saturday andSunday night there \r
were seven guys on that stage playing like theymeant it and \r
playing it damned good too. On the down side – heythere’s always \r
a downside – on Saturday night Van asked for requestsand a \r
female voice called out “Why don’t you play something byVan\r
Morrison”. On Sunday night a male heckler demanded “Play\r
something we know” – this in the middle of Brown Eyed Girl. Who\r
are these people and what do they want? Both nights had more of\r
the Greatest Hits than I wanted to hear and still they complain.\r
Brian Mallaghan.\r
Brian sums it all up there very neatly, methinks.We’ve hit a groove \r
of shows with similar setlists and feel, and thesame satisfying \r
outcome. With Van on top form at present and givinghis all in \r
terms of vocal strength and improv, we can hope for littlemore \r
apart from a completely acoustic show, but then that ain’t gonna\r
happen. A few more of those delicious classics we haven’t heard\r
for a while would be most agreeable, acoustic or electric, but as\r
long as we get the odd Listen To The Lion or Streets Of Arklow\r
then most of us are happy (ish).

S/N Time Song Title
1. 3:18 When You’re Smiling
2. 4:47 All Work and No Play
3. 4:47 Cleaning Windows (George Formby & sax version)
4. 8:40 It’s All in the Game > You Know What They’re Writing About > Make ItReal One More Time > Rainbow ’65
5. 6:42 Help Me
6. 8:48 In the Afternoon > Ancient Highway > Raincheck > Hamlet > Sex Machine
7. 4:23 Precious Time
8. 4:57 Brown Eyed Girl (Latin version)
9. 5:08 Gloria

Two Nights At Home with Van Morrison (Belfast,10/5-6/02) – disc 3

Tracks: 9, total time: 42:15, year: 2002, genre: CDR

Live at Belfast Waterfront Hall, 10/6/02 – complete show\r
(Aud>?>CDR) -slight sckip on track 4 from master tape\r
\r
Musicians:\r
NedEdwards, Bobby Irwin, David Hayes, Matt Holland, \r
Gavin Povey, MartinWinning\r
From the Tree announcement:\r
[…] I’d like to review thetwo shows but really all I can say is that \r
Van played Sweet Thing andI wept. At Saturday’s show the \r
opening chords of this concert raritywere met by tumultuous \r
applause from many of the usual suspectsseated in the front row. \r
I don’t think any of us could believe whatwe were hearing.\r
Van genuinely seemed to enjoy the song and gave hisguitar a \r
more thorough pounding than I’ve seen in some time. And it\r
happened. That realisation that you are seeing and hearing\r
something very special – something in fact that you might never\r
experience more than once or twice in a lifetime of concertgoing.\r
That feeling of warmth you get when music stops washing over\r
you and penetrates your very being, the feeling you get when you\r
stop just hearing the music and start feeling it. Maybe I was the\r
only one with tears in my eyes and maybe not, but I know that\r
there are enough fans out there who know what I’m talkingabout\r
that I don’t mind admitting the moist eyes – and me a one timetight \r
head prop forward!\r
On Sunday night, forewarned perhaps bythe previous night’s \r
setlist, the song seemed to get an even biggerresponse from the \r
crowd and Van and the band rose to the occasion.The jury is out \r
on which of the two shows were the better, but for mea haunting \r
rendition of All In The Game on Sunday evening swung the\r
balance.\r
No – Johnny Scott wasn’t on stage. No – there was no PeeWee \r
Ellis. No – this may not be the most technically proficient bandthat \r
Van has ever toured with, but on Saturday and Sunday night there\r
were seven guys on that stage playing like they meant it and\r
playing it damned good too. On the down side – hey there’s always\r
a downside – on Saturday night Van asked for requests and a\r
female voice called out “Why don’t you play something byVan\r
Morrison”. On Sunday night a male heckler demanded “Play\r
something we know” – this in the middle of Brown Eyed Girl. Who\r
are these people and what do they want? Both nights had more of\r
the Greatest Hits than I wanted to hear and still they complain.\r
Brian Mallaghan.\r
Brian sums it all up there very neatly, methinks.We’ve hit a groove \r
of shows with similar setlists and feel, and thesame satisfying \r
outcome. With Van on top form at present and givinghis all in \r
terms of vocal strength and improv, we can hope for littlemore \r
apart from a completely acoustic show, but then that ain’t gonna\r
happen. A few more of those delicious classics we haven’t heard\r
for a while would be most agreeable, acoustic or electric, but as\r
long as we get the odd Listen To The Lion or Streets Of Arklow\r
then most of us are happy (ish).

S/N Time Song Title
1. 4:39 All Blues
2. 3:06 Night Train
3. 4:19 Meet Me In The Indian Summer
4. 3:38 Steal My Heart Away
5. 10:04 Sweet Thing > No Prima Donna
6. 3:53 Foggy Mountain Top
7. 3:12 Down the Road
8. 5:42 Early In The Morning
9. 3:43 Choppin’ Wood