Van Morrison – Cotati, CA (05/14/71)

The Inn Of The Beginning
Cotati, CA.
May 14th 1971

Download FLAC: Google Drive

(Fades in) I’ve Been Working
He Ain’t Give You None
Beautiful Obsession, Let The Cowboy Ride
Give Me A Kiss
Mystic Eyes *
Rock Me Baby
I Wanna Roo You, (Scottish Derivate)
Moonshine Whiskey
And It Stoned Me
Blue Money
Bring It On Home

Band Members
Van Morrison – Harmonica, Vocals, Guitar and Piano
Alan Hand – Keyboards
John Klingberg – Bass
John Platania – Guitar
Dahaud Shaar – Drums
Jack Schroer – Saxaphone
Collin Tilton – Saxaphone & Flute
Keith Johnson – Trumpet
Ellen Schroer – Backing Vocals
Janet Planet – Backing Vocals (Van’s Wife at the time)
Martha Velez – Backing Vocals

Source 1:


AUD: Reel
Sony Stereo Recorder w/ Dual Element mics > ? > CD
Cd > EAC (secure) > mkwACT > SHN

Bill Craven followed VTM around California in the early 70’s recording Van with
a portable Sony stereo recorder and a dual element mic. The results
were fantastic, and the shows he caught have not been previously
circulated. These shows are exciting for their quality and rareness.
They are audience recordings. There are flaws and crowd noise, but
they are easy to listen to and very enjoyable.

There are some fade ins at the beginning and fade outs at the end on some tracks but no real music is lost. This was done by the taper Bill Craven.

* – Van Morrison on Harmonica

Source 2:

Very Good Audience Recording

SOURCE: Dual Element mics > Sony Stereo Recorder (Bill Craven) > ??? > CDR >
EAC > Soundforge PRO 10b * > FLAC Level 8 Align on Sector Boundaries

* Remove app. 10 glitches, Balance Channels, Clean some Track Transitions, Index

JTT Artwork included

Source 3:

No source info, just art.

4 thoughts on “Van Morrison – Cotati, CA (05/14/71)

  1. Pingback: Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Van Morrison - The Inn of the Beginning (05/14/71) | The Midnight Cafe

  2. Comments from a deleted repost:

    ylanDave says:
    October 25, 2016 at 9:40 pm Edit

    I believe this may represent an upgrade to lossless. I only managed to get this as mp3 when i first raided this blog many moons ago. Anyway whether it is or not, it is nice to see the shn files here

    thanks Mat

    Mat Brewster says:
    October 26, 2016 at 12:45 am Edit

    One of the things I really enjoy about these reposts is reading the old comments. Its amazing to me that you and Grant and several others have been following this blog for several years now. Honestly I’m kind of surprised I’ve been doing it for so long.

    Sean says:
    October 29, 2016 at 4:43 am Edit

    Very glad of this, Mat!

    Grant says:
    August 20, 2011 at 11:53 am Edit

    YES! I got the MP3 version from your blog previously, but it is great to see you post it here in SHN. Thanks, Mat! Also, I just noticed that Janet Planet is one of the backup singers here, that’s wild!

    Thanks for all the great music you post!
    Robinbrevard says:
    August 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm Edit

    Classic, classic Van show.

    Thanks & cheers!
    Willow says:
    September 15, 2016 at 2:54 am Edit

    Is there anyway to get a CD version. This was my aunt and uncles first date, and it would be the best anniversary gift

    Mat Brewster says:
    October 25, 2016 at 4:35 pm Edit

    I’ve updated the links so you can download both FLAC and MP3s. Then you can make those files into a CD.

  3. Track 3 here is actually an original blues (in a John Lee Hooker style) called “Train” or “Train, Train”. It does contain the phrase “Let the cowboy ride” like his later song Beautiful Obsession, but this is not the same song. You can here another version of this song on the Live In Boston 1968 album that Van “released” not too long ago.Train was not released by Van on a studio album but there is a story that he recorded a version during the Astral Weeks sessions.

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