Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Van Morrison – San Jose, CA (05/19/98)


Live San Jose, CA, USA
May 19th, 1998
Sound Board
Canyon Storm – CS 002 (Released September 1998)

Download: FLAC/MP3


01 – Burning Ground (4:53)
02 – Fire In The Belly (5:40)
03 – It Once Was My Life (4:26)
04 – That’s Life (4:01)
05 – Raincheck (4:59)
06 – Days Like This (3:03)
07 – Cleaning Windows (4:02)
08 – Vanlose Stairway (5:36)
09 – When Gods Shine His Light (sic) (3:34)
10 – Satisfied (4:28)
11 – It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World / When The Clock Strikes (7:18)
12 – Have I Told You Lately (Brian Kennedy: co-lead) (4:32)
13 – See Me Through / Soldier Of Fortune / Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again / Burning Ground (13:20)

Total time: (69:51)

Review by Jon Strand: Soundboard recording with great separation between voices and the various instruments.
Van and everyone are in great voice (I have never heard Brian Kennedy stronger and more soulful.
Actually, I’ve never connected Brian Kennedy with “soulful” before, but it’s certainly true here.)
The horns play wonderfully throughout, both on solos and ensemble work.

The whole band is very tight (and loose.) Very “on:” Van calling out the song titles to the band.
Dedicating “That’s Life” to Frank Sinatra (“lest we forget.”)

“Whenever God Shines His Light” becomes “Whenever (Sir) Cliff Shines His Light.” Great intro to “Man’s World.”
This is one of the live CDs that make you keep looking for others out there.

A great performance, well captured.
Notes: If you have Nights Of The Living Icons, you can hear the same performance of “Fire In The Belly,” but from the audience point of view. This CD is not to be confused with On the Burning Ground (Randall’s Island, New York City, June 14, 1997).

6 thoughts on “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Van Morrison – San Jose, CA (05/19/98)

  1. Nice, the Dylan portion of the show has also been circulating as SBD for years. Strange that as far as i can tell this is he first time i’ve seen this (well lossless anyway).

    Great to make a ‘new’ old discovery (rel in ’98 blimey!) – especially one as good as this!

    cheers Mat, another great post

  2. Thanks Mat – this looks like top notch Van !!

    Wish I could remember do I have these already?
    I’ve heard the “Sir Cliff” joke before. I wonder did he
    use it more than once.

  3. I picked this up on 03/07/99 for $25. Agree with the review by Jon Strand in reference to the band being ON. Quite a performance. Thanks for providing this Mat, I’ll download to have an electronic copy!

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