Van Morrison – Los Angeles, CA (05/27/73)

The Troubadour
Los Angeles, California

Download FLAC: Google Drive

01 Come Running*
02 These Dreams of You
03 The Way Young Lovers Do
04 Snow In San Anselmo
05 Domino
06 I Just Want to Make Love to You
07 Crazy Love
08 Bein’ Green
09 Listen To The Lion
10 Warm Love
11 Caravan
12 Cyprus Avenue

*missing on source 1

Source 1:


Source 2:

JF Archive Series Vol. 23 via JEMS

Taper: JF

Source: unknown recorder > unknown microphone (mono)

JEMS 2015 Transfer: JF master cassette > Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth adjustment) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX7 and Ozone 6 > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

JEMS is thrilled to resume the JF Archive series, this time presenting nine Van Morrison performances recorded in and around Southern California by JF circa 1973-74.

Unlike the previous Lost California series covering uncirculated recordings from 1975, JF’s 1973-74 recordings have long been in circulation among collectors. However, this series marks the first-ever digitization and dissemination directly from his cassette masters.

The 5/27/73 late show was the final set in a memorable four-day run at the Troubadour. Several of the shows Van did in May-June of 1973 with the Caledonia Soul Orchestra were recorded and would later form the basis for the fantastic live album It’s Too Late To Stop Now. To his credit, Van changed up the set list with some frequency throughout the run, which meant many songs are not represented on the official document. Several of those were picked up by the expanded reissue of the live album, but there are still several performances from this set not found there.

In all, this a lovely performance and another one of those appealing “you are there” recordings, despite the lo-fi gear. Samples provided.

Here are JF’s reflections of the show:

I remember very few specifics about the second Van Morrison show of my life, beyond the music, that is. What I do remember is being in a kind of Morrison-swoon all three days after that first one. I had never seen a performer like that before and nothing that could come close to matching his band. And all in the tiny space of the Troubadour.

I would like to point out that the supporting act for the two Troubadour shows I attended was Jackie DeShannon. I have always been grateful to Van for widening my musical horizons, not only by the huge range of music he played, but by the musicians he invited to play with him. His concerts almost always got me listening to great music I might not have been exposed to as early as I was with his help.

Part of this recording filled out the “A Spawn of the Dublin Pubs” bootleg album.

Enjoy this master recording for what it is: a rare document of a great artist at work. Do not sell it! I made this recording but it does NOT belong to me. The music was made by Van Morrison and it belongs to anyone who wishes to hear it.


Once again, our gratitude goes to JF, who reached out on DIME (you could be next!) and offered us his archive, which had been sitting in boxes, 6000 miles away from where he lives today, for 20+ years. Like so many early tapers, he had great stories to tell and the memories flooded back as we sorted through tapes. We are pleased to be able to bring his work to all of you. Please let him know through your comments that you are, too.

We also appreciate the unnamed Van collectors who helped get JF’s masters back in his control. Special thanks mjk5510, who continues his vital duty as JEMS’ post-production and quality-control supervisor. Lastly, thanks to Mat at Midnight Cafe for his interest in JF’s Van Morrison recordings and in JEMS. We thought it would be fun for this show to debut on his site.


2 thoughts on “Van Morrison – Los Angeles, CA (05/27/73)

  1. When I got this show it came packaged with 05/24/73. As I’ve previously posted that show in lossless I decided to post only the info for 05/27 here as this should be less confusing to Google, and others.

    However I went ahead and uploaded the lossy version of 05/27 and its included in the link above. Download if you like.

  2. Comments from a deleted repost:

    DylanDave says:
    January 21, 2019 at 10:00 am Edit

    Not Tuesday and thankfully not raining (yet) but very welcome news all the same. As usual i’m totally confused with these vol numbers, went back to the ‘sent’ box of my email to confirm that the 2 mp3 vols i sent you were 15 and 16. So I’m guessing this is totally new to the discussion. Don’t have the full archives to hand to confirm either. Also as I recall I managed to estsblsh that not all the vols are Van. I guess we are none-the-wiser as to the contents of JF vols 17-22?
    Big thanks for another ex and essential contribution to the cause
    DylanDave says:
    January 21, 2019 at 10:11 am Edit

    Incidentally, just been back to g101 for the first time in a week or so (swamped with mass postings recently, chaos zone!) remembered that Van supperclub 96 Dolphinsmile post, decided to try my luck, found your exchange of comments. Not seen any more of his posts on g101 subsequetly. Hoping this represents good news or progress in some form?
    Or do I still need to take my chances in the Gator swamp?
    DylanDave says:
    January 21, 2019 at 10:25 am Edit

    Sorry, shoulda read the last sentence – Fame at last!
    Now you are an ‘insider’ I shall come to you to sort out all my JEMS confusions!
    ps you’ll want to grab this for sure

    Mat Brewster says:
    January 21, 2019 at 2:28 pm Edit

    I’ll send you an e-mail in a few minutes Dave as I don’t want to post anything about my private exchanges with JEMS here in public, but yes I was contacted by a member of JEMS who was gracious enough to send me this show. My understanding is this is an exclusive for me (at least for the moment I think they will send it to the torrent soon) which is all kind of awesome.

    So enjoy.

    Grant says:
    January 21, 2019 at 1:51 pm Edit

    Looking forward to hearing this – thank you Mat! (and DylanDave, it sounds like!)
    Mauro says:
    January 22, 2019 at 1:07 pm Edit

    Thanks Mat.
    Kendo says:
    January 23, 2019 at 7:13 am Edit

    This is cool. . . .
    Michael Kass says:
    February 5, 2019 at 12:51 pm Edit

    Thank you,

    Michael Kass

    Timmy says:
    February 20, 2018 at 12:01 am Edit

    The cover shown here indicates this is a 2 cd set. Is it all here? Is it aud or snd?

    Mat Brewster says:
    February 20, 2018 at 2:17 am Edit

    That’s all I have. That seems to be all there is.

    Grant says:
    February 20, 2018 at 7:11 am Edit

    This looks fantastic – thank you, Mat!

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