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Live On Letterman
Various Artists

(Released 1997)

  1. Friend Of The Devil - Jerry Garcia/David Grisman
  2. Strong Enough - Sheryl Crow
  3. Sweet Jane - Lou Reed
  4. Too Much - Dave Matthews Band
  5. Think - Aretha Franklin
  6. I Don't Want To Wait - Paula Cole
  7. God Give Me Strength - Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach
  8. Funny How Time Slips Away - Al Green/Lyle Lovett
  9. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Van Morrison/Sinead O'Connor/The Chieftains
  10. You Were Meant For Me - Jewel/Flea
  11. Reason To Believe - Rod Stewart
  12. Crush With Eyeliner - R.E.M.
  13. Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
  14. Who Do You Love - Patti Smith

Review by Lahri Bond:
If you are the type who stays up late every night to find out what great band David Letterman's music director Paul Shaffer will impose his keyboard playing on, then this album is for you. Acting as kind of a "greatest hit" album for each featured artist, we still are treated to great live renditions of "Friend of the Devil" by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, "I Don't Want to Wait," by Paula Cole, and a show-stopping version of "Think" by the still ass-kicking Aretha Franklin. A stranger combination is Elvis Costello backed by Burt Bacharach's piano and orchestra on the surprisingly effective "God Give Me Strength." The Chieftains join Van Morrison and Sinead O'Connor for a wonderfully flub-filled version of Morrison's MOR hit "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You." Al Green and Lyle Lovett also make an unlikely but effective combination, singing "Funny How Time Slips Away," and Patti Smith closes the album with a version of "Who Do You Love" that recalls the heyday of CBGB's in the mid-70s. An uneven but enjoyable CD if you have a hankering for a Chinese menu of artists. Still, you may find yourself hungry an hour later.

Van on Letterman still The David Letterman Show in London, May 17, 1995
A 3.2 MB QuickTime clip (also with sound) showing part of Van's appearance with the Chieftains and Sinead O'Connor, doing a version of "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You".

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