Bootleg Bonanza: Van Morrison – Los Angeles, CA (05/26/73) “It Ain’t Why, It Just Is”

Van Morrison - Los Angeles 1973 - It Aint Why It Just Is

It Aint Why, It Just Is
Bootleg CD
May 26th, 1973
Live At The Troubadour,
West Hollywood, CA

Download MP3@224

I have also posted this show from the bootleg Wild Nights at the Troubadour Club here.

1. I’ve Been Working
2. Young Lovers Do
3. Purple Heather
4. Come Running
5. Sweet Thing
6. Blue Money
7. Green
8. Wild Night
9. Caravan
10. Cypress Avenue
11. It’s Not The Twilight Zone
12. Foggy Mountain Top
13. Heathrow Shuffle
14. Naked In The Jungle

Violins: Nathan Rubin, Tom Helpin
Cello: Terry Adams
Viola: Nancy Ellis
Piano: Jeff Labes
Trumpet: Bill Atwood
Saxaphone: Jack Schroer
Guitar: John Platania
Bass: David Hayes
Drums: David Shaw

Tape in circulation is a mix of the ITLTSN acetates (taken from many shows).
Including the Famous Montreux 1974 Show.
In Truth a Real May 26th, 1973
Live At The Troubadour bootleg tape has never surfaced.

Review by Russell Parkinson:
The sound on It Aint Why, It Just Is Is an Excellent Stereo Sound with occasional pops and scratches (just like those old LPs you use to have and love…..)

FreeMorrison March 3rd, 2012

13 thoughts on “Bootleg Bonanza: Van Morrison – Los Angeles, CA (05/26/73) “It Ain’t Why, It Just Is”

  1. So cool! I have a request, if you might have access to this one, FreeMorrison — could you please post Van Morrison’s 9.23.70 show from NYC (Winterland East) if you have it? THANKS!!

  2. I have a compilation that I made years ago called 1970 – Welcome To The Fillmore East 2 Songs wmv.Video Clips xvid (and matching CD Flacs)
    01 – These Dreams Of You – Van Morrison -Flac CD Single
    02 – Cypress Avenue – Van Morrison -Flac Cd Single

    And the matching 1970 – Welcome To Fillmore East – TV Video (.wmv)

    This was all that was available when I did an exhaustive search for Van’s show at the Fillmore East.

    I’ll launch her up here soon – it is cool.

  3. I was at this show and later bought a TMOQ (or Wizardo) vinyl boot supposedly recorded at it, entitled “A Spawn of the Dublin Pubs”. According to the liner notes, it was “recorded live 5/24-27/73”. I have no way of knowing for sure, but for what it’s worth:

    The tracklist:
    St. dominic’s preview
    These dreams of you
    The way young lovers do
    bad man lookin for a fight
    more and more
    listen to the lion
    warm love
    cypress avenue

  4. A Spawn of the Dublin Pubs
    (bootleg vinyl LP)
    Trademark of Quality (no number)

    Side A
    Saint Dominic’s Preview
    These Dreams Of You
    The Way Young Lovers Do
    Bad Man Looking For A Fight
    More And More
    Listen To The Lion

    Side B
    Warm Love
    Cypress Avenue

    All of side A and “Warm Love” from side B recorded on May 24th, 1973. The other three tracks come from May 27th, 1973. No venue mentioned but apparently it was the Troubadour Club, Los Angeles.

    Appears to have been printed/pressed in at least two variants (sleeves shown above) with the variant at top suspected as being the earliest. On that variant, the image is on a standard 8 1/2 by 11 sheet glued in the center of a light blue album cover.

    Sleeve Note (from variant 2 pressing): “Van Morrison is too important and rewarding an artist to miss. He’s as exciting a performer as we have in contemporary music. His excitement comes from the intensity of his performance. When you see him struggle on stage to achieve his own sense of perfection, you can understand the drive that is behind his creativity. There were moments during his show that he hit the peak and you could wish that everyone who had ever been moved emotionally by music could be on hand to share the excitement. – L.A. Times”

  5. Current thinking puts all of side A and “Warm Love” from side B recorded on May 24th, 1973 (early performance). The other three tracks come from May 24th, 1973 (late performance).

  6. Sorry, that should be the other way around. All of side A and “Warm Love” from side B recorded on May 24th, 1973 (late performance). The other three tracks come from May 24th, 1973 (early performance).

    All goes to show just how confusing it is to try and work out which performances from the several Troubadour shows belong to which bootlegs.

  7. I also have “A Spawn Of Dublin Pubs” – it’s my own reworked version – and I wish I had the original JTT Vinyl that I used to rework the flacs, I raised the bass a bit to musch me thinks?

    At any rate I can share that one here – no problem.
    Thanks for all the insights “In The Garden” ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Holy Schnikes how do you do that?

    Here’s a review of the above bootleg from the Van The Man Info Site:

    It Ain’t Why, It Just Is
    (Los Angeles Troubadour, May 26, 1973)

    Big Music (BIG 047)
    ((p) 1993 KTS Records – Italy. Distributed by CD Music Co — Italy
    Via Settembrini 3 – 47046 Misano Adriatico
    Phone (39) 541 61 05 56 fax (39) 541 61 38 48
    Stereo; Artwork by Poing
    Digital Mastering by SBAG)

    Packaging claims “Recorded live at the L.A. Troubadour, USA May 26, 1973
    Bonus Tracks live in USA 1974”. But Van list member Scott Evans feels it is more likely that tracks 1 – 9 are from the It’s Too Late To Stop Now acetates (with tracks 1, 8 and 9 having been released on the album), and that tracks 11 – 14 were recorded at Montreux in 1974.
    Some, but not all of the L.A. material is available on It’s Never Too Late (which is another repackaging of what is known as “the It’s Too Late To Stop Now acetates”).

    Review by Joe Sonne:
    The sound quality is excellent – especially when you consider this is a recording from 1973. The stereo effect is very distinct and the audience sound is way in the background and noticeable only when there is applause which leads me to believe this one came through the sound board.

    The performance is very upbeat and the band is tight, with great piano and guitar playing. The songs are performed, for the most part, closely to the studio versions. Not until the 10th cut, “Cypress Avenue”, does Van embellish with playful give and take with the band. Van gives a spirited and intense effort on every song. HeÕs way out there with an unusual “It’s Not The Twilight Zone” (hard to believe this is Van singing).

    If you like the songs featured in the song list here, you wonÕt be disappointed at all. A very enjoyable performance by Van with a solid band backing on a well produced CD.

    Review by Russell Parkinson:

    The sound on It Aint Why, It Just Is is excellent stereo sound with occasional pops and scratches (just like those old LPs you use to have…)

    While the CD cover says this is recorded in LA at the Troubadour I believe it is in fact recorded at the same locations as Its Too Late To Stop Now.

    Certainly the tracks do not sound as though they were recorded at the same show. The bonus tracks were recorded at Montreux in 1974 not in USA as shown on the cover.

    From what I have read Its Too Late To Stop Now was originally planned to be a triple album and ended up a double.
    There were some early (test?) pressings as a triple and that’s where these songs come from.
    This explains the pops and crackles.
    Two of the tracks are simply unedited versions of songs from Its Too Late To Stop Now.
    “I’ve Been Working” has about 10 seconds reinstated and while you can hear where it is, it doesn’t really make a lot of difference.

    The sound quality is the same as the first official release unless you have the remastered set which is much better. “Caravan” has 3 seconds reinstated but I can’t find it.

    “Cypress Avenue” is an alternative recording to that on the official ITLTSN. While being slightly different to the official version there is nothing new or outstan ding in it that rates special attention.

    Except for the completest these three tracks are no gr eat addition to the Van fans library. The other seven tracks, plus four bonus tracks, are.

    Two tracks feature from Astral Weeks that aren’t on ITLTSN. “The Way Young Lovers Do” is a wonderful jazzy version with great strings from the Caledonia Soul Orchestra. “Sweet Thing” is even better.

    The version of “Sweet Thing” from Montreux in 1990 is generally considered the best version of this song on tape but this version come close.
    Very close.
    Where the Montreux version is slow with a lot of flute, this one rocks with great br ass and fine guitar.
    Van grunts and pushes the song along.
    He improvises lyrics and almost chan ges it from a song of love to a song of lust.

    This track alone makes the price of admission worthwhile.

    “Come Running” from the Moondance album is a gas. Gone is the extended jamming of the Filmore set and what we have is a straight up song played flat out.

    It’s a lot of fun. “Blue Money” from Street Choir is still a minor song but you won’t hear a better version of it than this. “Wild Night” is played pretty straight.
    It doesn’t have as much oomph as the Pacific High version, but at this stage of his career Van couldn’t play anything poorly and this is no exception.

    Two tracks from Hardnose the Highway also feature and both are a vast improvement on the original album recordings.
    “Purple Heather” sounds just lovely.
    Strings and Van’s voice blending together perfectly. “Green” changes from a Muppet song to a great soul ballad.

    Van really gets into this song and gives it everything. One of the standouts on this CD.

    If, like me, you think Its Too Late To Stop Now is the greatest live album made then this boot is essential.
    If you are not a ITLTSN fan or prefer later van material then this may not be of much interest to you.

    Part of the unofficial website

    I Think I have this in Flac, and will put her up for the techy enthusiast later on.

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