Monday 22 August 2016

#77 VAN MORRISON - The Point Theatre, Dublin. 1995 (Flac)

From Dublin Up To Sandy Row (bootleg CD)
The Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
17 December 1995  
Given that the 17 December '95 show from The Point Depot in Dublin was captured four years back on 'The Night Was Full Of Space' boot, it was noteworthy how much "press" the soon-to-be-circulated 'From Dublin Up To Sandy Row' received in the Van-List circles.

Well, the hype was worth it. While the sound on 'The Night Was Full Of Space' is solid, the sound on 'From Dublin Up To Sandy Row' is flawless; in my opinion, it is better than on the live commercial release, 'A Night In San Francisco'. (Chew on that....

This is the third Van show of which I am aware that the Tonight Only label has released, and they seem to know they had something special here. A couple of comments from the very sharp artwork: "Tonight Only is proud to present the definitive recording of one of the definitive Van Morrison concerts of the 1990's . . . .
The pristine recording you hold in your hands is released with a very limited pressing of just 250 copies, each one numbered to enhance its value as a rare record of a spectacular concert at Dublin's Point Depot."

The setlist speaks for itself, and Van's performance is simply "on"; even "Moondance" works! But the value of this recording is the sound, which has a richness and complexity, as well as subtlety, that 'The Night Was Full Of Space' lacks. Guy Barker's sax solo on "That's Life" absolutely shimmers, and one can literally feel Alec Dankworth's fingers on the up-right bass during "Why Must I Always Explain". I can say without influence that this is a classic boot. 
(reviewed by Niall Connors)

 And then from outside the frosty window raps
She jumps up and says, Lord, have mercy I think it's the cops
And immediately drops everything she gots
Down into the street below
And you know you gotta go
On that train from Dublin up to Sandy Row
Throwing pennies at the bridges down below
And the rain, hail, sleet, and snow
Disc One: 
01 No Religion (4:41)
02 Days Like This (3:03)
03 Raincheck (4:56)
04 Wonderful Remark (4:10)
05 Saint Dominic's Preview (5:41)
06 Listen To The Lion (5:05)
07 Slim Slow Slider (5:15)
08 Vanlose Stairway / TransEuro Train (4:11)
09 Irish Heartbeat (4:06)
10 Ballerina (6:52)
Disc Two:
01 Tupelo Honey / Why Must I Always Explain? (7:24)
02 Whenever God Shines His Light (3:34)
03 In The Garden / You Send Me (7:03)
04 Star Of The County Down (2:33)
05 Melancholia (6:08)
06 I'm Not Feeling It Anymore (7:03)
07 Madame George (5:51)
08 Brown Eyed Girl (3:29)
09 Have I Told You Lately (6:05)

officially released tracks omitted
* Ain't that loving you baby,
* That's Life,
* Moondance,
* Satisfied.

FM broadcast from The Point Theatre, Dublin on December 17th, 1995 
Released on 'From Dublin Up To Sandy Row' silver disc bootleg CD (June 1999)