Live In Montreux
Swingin' Pig Records: Luxembourg (TSP-CD-081)
- Yeh Yeh (5:10)
- Did Ye Get Healed (4:51)
- Its All In The Game (4:59) 2:00
- Here Comes The Night (2:56)
- Baby Please Don't Go (3:15)
- Domino (3:31)
- Jackie Wilson Said (2:54)
- Sweet Thing (8:54)
- Star Of The County Down (2:12)
- Northern Muse / When Heart Is Open (6:21)
- Whenever God Shines His Light (4:39)
- Summertime In England (13:02)
- Caravan (5:47)
- In The Garden (6:32)
Total time: (73:03)
Liner Notes: Recorded Live in Montreux, Switzerland, July 1990,
featuring special guest Georgie Fame.
Review from Russell Parkinson:
Also booted on Down by Avalon. Live in
Montreux has Georgie Fame singing "Yeh Yeh" while Down by Avalon
doesn't. The sound quality is very good soundboard/FM.
The show opens with Georgie Fame doing an excellent "Yeh Yeh". Van comes on
and does "Did Ye Get Healed" and then "Its All in the Game". Both pretty
similar to the Night in San Francisco CD but a bit longer and not so
rushed. Van throws in a very short part of "I'm Ready" into "Its All in the
Game". This was one of the tracks omitted from The Philosophers Stone.
Next Van launches into a lively "Here Comes the Night" followed by "Baby
Please Don't Go". The band is hot and Georgie's back up singing is great. It
sounds like everyone was on this night. "Domino" is great and runs nicely
into "Midnight Hour". This is one of the best "Domino"s I've heard. Although
not as frantic as the Pacific High version, the inclusion of "Midnight Hour"
adds something special. A joyous "Jackie Wilson Said" is next and it sounds
like Van and the band are having a great time.
What follows must have stunned the audience. With Steve Gregory on flute Van
sings a glorious "Sweet Thing". A lot slower than previous live versions this
song floats along and then seams nicely into "Astral Weeks" before returning
back to "Sweet Thing". The song finishes with a little mantra that I think
comes from the Common One album.
Like me many van fans probably thought van had to be in some sort of mystical
muse to sing and perform like this, but as easily as he swung from "Jackie
Wilson Said" to "Sweet Thing", he swings back to perform a laughing bouncy
"Star of the County Down". Its almost like "Sweet Thing" didn't happen, or
maybe the man can just turn it on at will.
After "Star of the County Down" a slower "Northern Muse" starts. This then
changes to "Auld Lang Syne", "No Prima Donna" and finishes with "When Heart
is Open". Great stuff. "Whenever God Shine His Light" is certainly not one of
my Van favorites but this version really goes. It bounces along, has bits of
"Take Me Back" and finishes with "Spirit", which is probably appropriate. And
I could swear that van changes ""when you've given up hope..." to "when
you've given up POPE."
"Summertime in England" is awesome. At 13 minutes its one of the longer
versions around. It is very similar to the Pagan Streams version but
is seamless and doesn't have the chatter. Van adds "A Town Called Paradise",
"Take Me Back" and "Boogie Woogie Country Girl" to the formula. "Caravan" is
the first encore. It's a fine version with Van lecturing on the benefits of
Bovril and Horlicks. The show ends with a lovely "In The Garden". No fancy
stuff here, just a fine version to end a great show.
RATING: Essential, awesome, flawless. Quite possibly the best boot
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