Van Morrison – Rotterdam, The Netherlands (05/23/81)

Van Morrison
NCRV Festival 1981
NCRV Festival – The Ahoy
Rotterdam, Holland
May 23, 1981

Download FLAC: Amazon Drive


It’s All In The Game > You Know What They’re Writing About
Bright Side Of The Road
Full Force Gale
Ain’t Nothing You Can Do
You Make Me Feel So Free
Summertime In England
Angeliou (incomplete) *

*Missing from source 2, 3

LineUp :
Van Morrison: guitar, keys & vocals
Mark Isham: trumpet
Pee Wee Ellis: tenor saxaphone & backing vocals on “Summertime In England”
John Allair: keyboards & backing vocals
Peter Van Hooke: drums
David Hayes: bass
Herbie Armstrong: guitar
Mick Cox: guitar

Source 1:

More Complete

Lineage: FM broadcast > analog reel to reel (Sony TC378) > DAT (Sony 55ES) > WAV > FLAC > WAV > CD > WAV > FLAC > WAV > Edit with soundforge (some pops and diginoises removed, edition of tracks 2 as described in the notes) > WAV > FLAC


Thanks to Ben and Paul, this set of file directly comes from a recording of the FM broadcast, with no more than one harmless DAE in the lineage.

The main differences between this version and the one previously circulating are: no saturation, better stereo separation, no hiss, better sound balance. What’s more, it includes “Angeliou” (unfortunately incomplete, interrupted by the radio commentator), that most circulating versions don’t have.

Unfortunately, “It’s All In the game” wasn’t complete; 1:19 were missing at the beginning. This missing part has therefore been taken from another set and worked on to make it sound as close as possible to this version, then mixed with the incomplete file. You will notice the change in sound quality at 1:19 exactly. A handful of diginoises that were noticeable in the original recording have also been removed. One pop was still present in track 7 of the set originaly shared in 2005 (Thanks to “HappyJack” who noticed it and who updated the original text on setlist and line up), now repaired.

Source 2:

Better Quality

LINEAGE: radio > unknown lineage > CD-R (trade) > EAC wav > Trader’s Little Helper flac level 8 & torrent > Dime

A beautiful show! There is a small glitch on track 4 from 0:03-0:04. More complete versions of this show are in circulation; if you have a copy please upload. Thanks!

Source 3:

Silver Boot

Rattlesnake Silver Bootleg [RS 075] – Released in 2001

My Silver CD > EAC to WAV > TLH to FLAC level 8 > You

11. Street Theory *
12. Help Me *
13. Mona *

* Bonus from Cotati Cabaret California November 1981 (see themysticmuse notes below)
Recorded live at the Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, May 23rd 1981
Bonus tracks (11-13) from Cotati Cabaret, California, USA, November 1981
Includes a 8-page booklet with pictures of VM.

Barcode (Text): 5 498760 000753
Matrix / Runout: RS 075

updated info, added additional artwork, tagged all tracks using foobar2000 discogs tagger plugin, created ffp and md5. Thanks to Simon who ripped this silver boot back in 2012!!!

* This Rattlesnake bootleg claims that the three bonus tracks are from a ’81 Cotati show (5 shows in total in ’81) but according to vanomatic the actual perfomance date is unknown;

“questionable date; show in circulation is the same as the March 9, 1982 show in circulation; actual performance date unknown; 1981 seems more probable; incomplete setlist”


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