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on 13 July 2017
Such a wonderful concert and the quality of the recording: non paraît-il. If you are a Van fan- this really should be in your collection. The best I have ever seen- and the sound has been restored unlike the YouTube version, which 'wows' in and out all over the place. Five stars for sure.
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on 7 February 2007
If you ever wanted to convert someone to the music of Ivan Morrison then this DVD should do it. This is a no frills DVD showing two live sets at the Montreux Jazz Festival in '74 & 80. Whilst under the heading of "Jazz" Van chooses to sing some of the more obscure tracks in his extensive repertoire. Don't let this put you off, its these rare tracks that make this a jem! Officially Van's only DVD release to date (although appearing in the Band's Last waltz, and Pink Floyd/R.Waters Berlin WALL DVD).

Don't let the word "jazz" put you off either, as these tracks are as "soulful" as you will ever hear. His ability to switch to a "high" voice on tracks such as "Ballerina" "Twilight Zone" and "Tupelo Honey" is truly amazing, pointing to his days in "Them".

This is Van at his moody best, hardly acknowledging the crowd, or his band come to that. He occaisionally glares out at the audience with not a flicker of emotion, who are these mere mortals that he has to associate with? But then, this is a man who writes his own music in all genres, sings his own songs, plays the guitar, saxaphone, keyboards and drums all at the same high standard. A man who pre-dates "rock & roll" starting out in a skiffle band in 60's Belfast, and has been one of the most prolific song writers in the last 50 years. A CD of his music used in movie soundtracks will be released soon. His influence in film is also a great feat!

Of course this DVD has the classic "Summertime in England" - Van's tribute to english poets such as Keats and Coleridge, worth the asking price alone. A Vantastic DVD with great sound quality. Lets hope his next DVD is not in another 50 years!
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on 19 February 2009
I've been a Van fan for over 30 years and its great to see him at last on DVD
The 1980 show is Van in his prime right at the top of his game he was in the middle of releasing a string of classic albums. Its a pity he is not appreciated by a wider audience. You do have to take some time to listen to his music before you get it. The 1980 DVD is a great starting point

The 1974 set shows how quickly he evolved in the 6 year gap He turned up without a band and the musicians who plays with he only rehearsed with briefly
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on 21 February 2007
I've been a Van fan since the days of THEM,in fact a band I was in were booked to do a support slot with them,sadly the band played but Van didn't come. None the less he is one of the very greatest artists in the history

of popular music,songs that will last for mant years,classics. So to this

DVD,because those of us have so long waited for something from him. This

is even better than expected,two great sets from a legendary music festival,

and they are so good you'll play them again and again.Full of Van's classic

songs,the second with a band that as good as it gets. (one music magazine

has said that another set from the 2006 festival is also coming ). In the

meantime buy this timeless classic of a DVD,grab a comfy chair and just soak

up the magic of Van Morrison in your own lounge,....wonderful.
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on 6 January 2012
The 1974 DVD is apparently from one of the master's most gloomy years. A lot of sadness in his voice, everything rather bluesy. Not a great pleasure to watch or listen to.
The 1982 concert shows Van in peak shape. His singing is immaculate, sharp, to the point. A huge range from tender to growling. In a few magic moments he transforms his own songs - like in "Troubadours" when he shouts "Listen" and time virtually stands still - or in "Tupelo Honey" when he speaks the lines, then celebrates them by singing them.
His band is awesome. Two drummers, Peter van Hooke and Gary Malabar, laying a strong rhythmic foundation. David Hayes on bass has always been the ideal Van-bassist whenever he joined the master live or in the studio. Jeff Labes is a brilliant pianist with a transparent sound, full of light and precision. John Allair on Hammond provides the underlying and highly sensitive sound carpet. And trumpet & saxophone couldn't possibly be in better form. All mature and experienced musicians, masters of their instruments, contributing to the whole.
Yet the master has never been too fortunate in his choice of guitarists. This one is too loud - his amp standing right behind him, too close to the microphones - with too much treble in his choice of sound and pick-up. His guitar playing resembles that of an adolescent, never reaches the mature expertise of the other musicians. But it cannot be erased - alas.
Nevertheless, if you can relish garlic on an otherwise delicious dessert, you'll be able to digest this.
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on 24 August 2009
I am a great Van Morrison fan. He is the greatest. However I like some of his output more than others. His jazzy numbers have never thrilled me.

There are two CDs here. The one from 1974 is interesting in that you see the man six years after he recorded Astral Weeks using material that has proved very ephemeral.

The CD of the 1980 concert in contrast is magnificant. It must have been released after the CD Wavelength was released (with Into The Music as some of his best albums). Almost ever song performed is a classic and the performances are great.
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on 6 January 2015
Fantastic music, if you like Van Morrison, this is a must have!
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on 11 February 2015
Too good! Best live performance of van the man
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on 27 March 2015
brilliant item and service well worth 7 stars
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on 27 October 2016
Exc3llent music dvd, atmospheric
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