Upgrade Bonanza: Van Morrison – New York, NY (11/01/78)

Van Morrison - Bottom Line - 1978

Van Morrison
Nov 1, 1978
Bottom Line
New York, NY

Download: FLAC/MP3

Source 3 is new.

Early Show:

Into The Mystic
Checkin’ It Out
Brown Eyed Girl
Kingdom Hall
Hungry For Your Love
Tupelo Honey
Wild Night
Wavelength (Bonus)
Kingdom Hall (Bonus)

Late Show:
Into The Mystic
Checkin’ It Out
Hungry For Your Love
Brown Eyed Girl
Crazy Love
Kingdom Hall
Tupelo Honey
Help Me
Wild Night
Joyous Sound
Cyprus Avenue

Van Morrison – lead vocals, guitar, piano, saxophone
Bobby Tench – guitar, backing vocals
Herbie Armstrong – guitar
Mickey Feat – bass
Pete Bardens – keyboards
Peter Van Hooke – drums
Pee Wee Ellis – saxophones
Katie Kissoon – backing vocals
Anna Peacock – backing vocals

Source 1:
Late Show Only

Late show: Broadcast > MASTER TAPE > SONY RCD W500C > EAC > WAV > FLAC > Nevinsrip’s torrent > WAV >Digital remastering and retracking (Soundforge) > Sector Boundary correction (SHNTools) > FLAC (FLAC Frontend level 8)

Source 2:
Both Early and Late Shows
4Eyed Freek Remaster
Excellent Sound Quality (4-Eyed Freak 2005 remaster)
Both Early and Late shows complete.

Early show: Broadcast > ? > CDR (vine) > EAC (secure mode, offset corrected) > Digital remastering and retracking (Soundforge) > Sector Boundary correction (SHNTools) > FLAC (FLAC Frontend level 8)
Late show: Broadcast > MASTER TAPE > SONY RCD W500C > EAC > WAV > FLAC > Nevinsrip’s torrent > WAV >Digital remastering and retracking (Soundforge) > Sector Boundary correction (SHNTools) > FLAC (FLAC Frontend level 8)

Source 3:

Late Show Only

Description Years ago, when I first joined DIME, I uploaded this and it exploded over the net and became the most downloaded show on DIME for quite some time.
This is my original recording made on my Pioneer equipment. I lived in Queens at the time and had a roof antenna on my house, so I picked up the signal at max strength. I had some trouble with the tape squeaking and ended up baking it in the oven as per instructions from some of the veterans here. That fixed it.
It’s an excellent recording and was the source for plenty of different versions that float around the net. But, this is the original. Back in the day, I used to leave in the DJ intro and Outro comments just to place the setting in historical context. I did that here, so if you wish to skip that, then just don’t burn those tracks.

This is Van the Man at the tiny Bottom Line Club in NYC. It’s a dynamite set list with a killer band. I doubt that there is a better Morrison show circulating today.
One note. This is the complete Late Show. The King Biscuit people recorded the early show and that floats around on the various trading sites.
If you could own only one Van Morrison show then this would be it.


Sorry, I don’t know how to do samples.
There is ART out there, because I have it on my copy of the CDs.
I have no idea who made it or where to find it now.

“Van Morrison was enjoying a commercial renaissance with both this tour and the album he was promoting at the time. Always a magnetic live performer, Morrison delivered a stunning set in New York’s intimate Bottom Line club – the venue that launched the careers of both Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, among countless others. Opening with an introduction by J. Geils Band’s Peter Wolf and a jazzed up version of “Moondance,” the show provided a healthy mix of material from his then-new Wavelength LP and all the best-loved Morrison classics.”

“The band was lava-hot and provided the perfect compliment to Morrison’s free form vocal stylings. In the line-up was Pete Bardens (who also played keyboards in Morrison’s 1960s British Invasion band, Them) and former Jeff Beck Group vocalist/guitarist Bobby Tench. Because he was backed by a great band, Morrison was able to successfully mix hot jazz, blazing blues, romantic and melodic ballads and gospel-fevered rock ‘n’ roll over the course of a single show. By the time he shakes it up on the closers – “Wild Night” and “Caravan”- the audience is completely in the palm of his hand.”

“Crazy Love,” “Tupelo Honey” and “Into The Mystic” faithfully bring the listener back to Morrison’s classic early ’70s Warner Brothers Records period, when he was the darling of the pop music press. “Kingdom Hall,” “Checkin’ It Out,” and the aforementioned “Wavelength” were new songs at the time, but were just as well received, since it was clear to the audience that Morrison had just released one of his best albums in years. Still, it was Morrison’s earliest solo hit, “Brown Eyed Girl,” that first brought the crowd to its feet.”

9 thoughts on “Upgrade Bonanza: Van Morrison – New York, NY (11/01/78)

  1. …actually cancel that! The setlist above is from the early show but the download is for the late show:

    Van Morrison
    Bottom Line, New York NY
    November 01, 1978, LATE SHOW

    01 Moondance
    02 Wavelength
    03 Into The Mystic
    04 Checkin’ It Out
    05 Hungry For Your Love
    06 Brown Eyed Girl
    07 Crazy Love(KK)
    08 Kingdom Hall
    09 Tupelo Honey
    10 Natalia
    11 Help Me
    12 Wild Night
    13 Joyous Sound
    14 Caravan
    15 Cyprus Avenue

    1. Correct, and the download contains artwork, different from the one displayed here, of a 2cd set containing both the early and late show.

  2. Sorry gang. Should be fixed now. I got in a hurry this morning and wasn’t paying attention. Before I post anything I always do a quick search on my blog to see if I’ve posted the same show before. This one had been posted before so I just copy and pasted from the old notes not remembering that this was a different version.

  3. Thanks for all the effort that you put into this..If only there were more hours in a day..i would really feed my music addiction then.

    1. I hear ya. I have way more music than I can ever listen to, but its rare a day doesn’t go by that I’m not grabbing more. Truth be told if it weren’t for this blog I’d probably be satisfied by now and just spend my days listening, but I feel this obsessive need to keep posting new stuff here so I keep downloading.

      Not that I’m complaining. I love doing this. Its tons of fun bringing new music to my readers.

  4. Lovely stuff. Yeah the FM (WNEW) broadcast of the late show. I thought I had multiple versions of this. in fact I had only the excellent ‘hansdevente’ private master he posted on G101 a few years back. Certainly had lots of traded tape copies back in the day.

    So the early show is still missing. Would be great to grab, especially if the 4 E Freak (restored and complete) version could be located. Would be nice to hear those SNL trax too.

    I’ll leave that thought with you Mat. I know you would be as keen as any of us anyway if it does ever pop up anywhere.

    On another, but related note. There was a FM broadcast of Van on BBC Radio 2 last thursday (29th sept). An hour I think. Keep waiting for it to appear on the boards somewhere. Couldn’t record it myself as i wasn’t around and my FM reception is bl**dy awful anyway. Gotta be worth tracking down.

    Any sightings (or recordings) anybody??

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