Upgrade Bonanza: Van Morrison – Edinburgh, Scotland (08/06/95 “Kiss the Stone”)

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Van Morrison
Edinburgh Castle
(bootleg CD)
Kiss the Stone – KTS490
(Released ??/95)

Download: FLAC/MP3

1. All Right, OK, You Win (3:12)
2. How Long Has This Been Going On? (4:29)
3. Early In The Morning (3:01)
4. Days Like This (3:23)
5. Who Can I Turn To? (3:57)
6. That’s Life (3:34)
7. I Will Be There (2:25)
8.Vanlose Stairway (4:23)
9. Blues In the Night (3:14)
10. Haunts of Ancient Peace (4:50)
11. Your Mind Is On Vacation (4:19)
12. Moondance (8:47)
13. Total time: (49:38)

Recorded at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival in August 1995

Review from DC100BT@aol.com:
This is as close to a legit release as Live In Montreux on Swinging Pig was back in the early 90s.

As you all are aware, VM played at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival in August 95 and the show was broadcast in Europe – BBC. Van was backed by the BBC Orchestra Big Band.

I heartily recommend this disc. It is obviously taken from a good FM source tape and is in full pristine stereo sound. The packaging is first-rate; looks like whoever did the graphic arts layout was familiar with Van’s famous quote “I don’t care if you’re red, yellow, blue…” as the packaging has “red, yellow, blue” as the background (much as A Night In San Francisco had “Blues, Ballads, Soul, Jazz” as the background art on the back of the CD). The disc is a picture disc and has photos of Van from a few years ago. (Not the black outfit but the vest and the longer hair on the sides and the Ray Ban aviator shades – circa 1991?)

Dave Wilson reports that he “was at that concert and it was quite a night – for all the wrong reasons. Now I have seen Van maybe 12 times and been moved by his performance 90% of the time but on this night he was quite clearly not happy, most likely with the BBC big band who were backing him! You will notice the CD is only over 40 min long – that is all the Man played! He walked off the stage leaving bewildered musicians to wait for his return – which never happened. And somehow I admire him for it!”


2 thoughts on “Upgrade Bonanza: Van Morrison – Edinburgh, Scotland (08/06/95 “Kiss the Stone”)

  1. This is one of those recs that the commercial ‘booters’ love so much. Never mind the performance, check out the sound quality!

    Probably the least essential of Van’s big band collaborations, but heck it’s Van and it’s pristine, so we can’t complain too loudly!

    Cheers Mat, keep ’em coming!

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