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Skiffle Sessions Live in Belfast Live

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  • Audio CD (17 Jan. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Venture
  • ASIN: B00003NH9P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. It Takes A Worried Man
  2. Lost John
  3. Goin' Home
  4. Good Morning Blues
  5. Outskirts Of Town
  6. Don't You Rock Me Daddio
  7. Alabamy Bound
  8. Midnight Special
  9. Dead Or Alive
  10. Frankie & Johnny
  11. Goodnight Irene
  12. Railroad Bill
  13. Muleskinner's Blues
  14. The Ballad Of Jesse James
  15. I Wanna Go Home

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From the opening "It Takes A Worried Man" to the singalong close of "I Wanna Go Home", this is as much Lonnie Donegan's party as it is Van's. Most of these songs are old Donegan favourites anyway, including such warhorses as "Lost John", "Alabamy Bound", "Railroad Bill" and "Frankie & Johnny". The veteran King of Skiffle revitalised his career on the excellent Muleskinner's Blues album thanks largely to the support and encouragement of Van Morrison, and he goes a long way towards returning the favour here as he helps make The Skiffle Sessions a stomping, rollicking celebration of what pensionable-age rockers do best: get back to their roots. The two frontmen strike sparks off each other as they trade acoustic guitar licks while the storming backing band supply all the really neat fills. Dr John pops up briefly to tickle his ivories, while Chris Barber and other old friends put in guest appearances, but it's the Van and Lonnie show all the way. Everyone involved is obviously having such a good time--including the audience--that it's hard to resist raiding the kitchen in search of a washboard and joining in the fun. Great party music and probably the only opportunity you'll ever get to watch your Gran really rock. --Mark Walker

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Being from Belfast and a long time Morrison fan I may be biased, but I can honestly say I could not get enough of this recording. Like a lot of people my knowledge of Lonnie Donegan started and ended with 'Rock Island Line' or 'My old Man's a Dustman' but after this I will be searching out at least a 'best of' CD. This album from the first track 'It takes a worried man' just rocks and skiffles along to the end leaving the listener wishing he was in Belfast that night for this rare treat. Van is in great form, his voice blending perfectly with the quieter folkier style of Donegan. Fairly blues influenced over all but my personal favourite is Jesse James sung by Morrison in Hank Williams style, a gem. Pity Morrison couldn't follow this up with a similar tribute to early country music as he has here with Skiffle and with Irish traditional music on Irish Heartbeat. This is a CD I will enjoy and strum along with for a long time to come.
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Every now and again someone produces a master class. I came across this CD by chance just before Christmas, thought I'd treat myself, and play all or some of it almost every day! The blend of Van the man, Lonnie D and Chris Barber might seem inconguous - albeit Mr Barber played with most of the 50/60+ somethings in the 50's still around today! including LD. However, there is music! tuneful music, humour,FUN! Fond memories of the music we played as kids, music youngsters coud make today. Buy it. Wonderful CD, My only regret: Wasn't there to see it happen!
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I had the priviledge to see Lonnie at Stockton when I was 2 years old and again when I was 45. Now The Man has gone-but he has left a legacy of skiffle and folk songs sung to the last with a perfect voice and uninhibited enthusiasm. Buy this CD and hear what old friends can do.You won't regret it.
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This is so much fun they probably had to be cooled with firehoses after the gig. I saw the 'Lonnie supports Van' tour a while back and was sorry not to see them on stage together, judging by this recording all of us in Cardiff that night really missed out. There's so much joy and fun on display here and not even the odd mistake or dodgy ending can detract from a cracking piece of entertainment. Lonnie defies the passing years (The Beatles were youngsters in the audience at one of his Liverpool gigs way back when) and Van rises to the occasion. Record another one!
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I'm a long time fan of both Chris Barber and Lonnie Donegan, who were at the forefront of the Skiffle movement of the `50s. I was filled with great excitement when I first heard about this record back in 1999, a live recording of two of my musical heroes, with the legend that is Van Morrison. It could only be good, and indeed it is. I played the album so much I have recently had to buy a new copy as my first is now worn out!

Chris, Lonnie and Van serve up a helping of classic skiffle tracks, largely covers of Ledbelly songs, popularised in the mid `50s by Lonnie and Chris. Van adds acoustic guitar and sings a bit, and really melds in well with the two old timers. This is a live recording, and is presented warts and all, which lends a slight rough and ready fell, that suits the skiffle ethos with its home made instruments perfectly. Dr John also pops up to tinkle the ivories for a few tracks, which also adds to proceedings.

This is an album that rocks and rolls with an unrelenting pace with track after track of great uptempo blues played with real passion by three masters. A real feelgood record, I cannot recommend it enough!
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Back in my self-illusory glory days in the late 50's and armed with a cheap guitar, I joined another guitarist (well we could play 3 chords), a tea chest bassist and a washboard scrubber, and we pounded out our take of 'skiffle', with such numbers as "Rock Island Line", "Train That I Ride", "Alabamy Bound", "Cumberland Gap", to an audience that sometimes was in the double figures, at a dusty 'seen-better-days' community hall in Whitstable, Kent. I forget what we called ourselves, perhaps nothing to prevent the risk of being hunted down and apprehended by the 'music police', but in the 1990's I was involved in another group formed for a one-off talent contest and appropriately we named ourselves "The Death Of Skiffle", - we did not win but had a great deal of fun at the audiences expense! We dressed all in black and were accompanied on stage to a recording of "The Funeral March" from which moment our act went downhill rapidly. Still we enjoyed ourselves.

The ease with which a few lads and lasses, complete with only a tea chest or tin bathtub bass, a washboard and a couple of guitars, the only skills needed being the ability to learn 2 or 3 guitar chords from 'The Bert Weedon Play In A Day' book, could put together a band, encouraged many youngsters into performing music who otherwise would have continued as listeners only. The Beatles first got together as a skiffle group called 'The Quarrymen', and there were many others who were brought into mainstream pop via this route.

You will not hear a single washboard nor tea chest bass during "The Skiffle Sessions", and have to be content with, perhaps some of the best 'skiffle' type music ever, performed by three absolute masters of the genres making up this style of music, Van Morrison, Chris Barber and Lonnie Donegan.
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