The first 12 tracks are one show and the sound is a consistent 9.5. The remaining 5 tracks are less clean, perhaps 9.3 - 9.4.
From the liner notes: Tracks 1-12: Live at the Fillmore West, April 26, 1970 Tracks 13-14: Studio demos, recorded 1964 Track 15: Them, live BBC 1965 Tracks 16-17: Live with the Caledonia Soul Orchestra 1973
Review by Russell Parkinson:
[The Fillmore West] one hour show features Van and what will be the Caledonia Soul Orchestra performing all the Moondance album except for "Brand New Day". Also included are two songs from Astral Weeks and an obligatory "Brown Eyed Girl".
The sound is either radio broadcast or soundboard and is very good, especially considering the recording is nearly 30 years old.
The show kicks off with an excellent lively rendition of "Moondance". "Glad Tidings" follows and although a quicker version than on the album this song remains, for me anyway, filler. A lovely soulful "Crazy Love" is next. Van sings this in his normal voice rather than falsetto. A six minute improvised "Come Running" misses rather than hits. In the middle of this song the band and van move off into a sixties rock organ/guitar kind of thing with some improvised lyrics. On first listening it sounds great bit after a while I find it disrupts a good song. Interesting but ultimately a bit disappointing.
"The Way Young Lovers Do" is a blast, a great lively version with excellent horns and piano. Everyone joins Glad Tidings in the filler category. "Brown Eyed Girl" is pretty standard. A good "And it Stoned Me" runs into an equally good "These Dreams of You". The Last Waltz version of "Caravan" has always been my favorite but this one comes close. A thoroughly enjoyable version of a great song.
Van winds up with the longest "Cypress Avenue" I've heard. Heavy on organ and guitar you get to hear the ending twice! After the usual "its too late to stop now!" van introduces the band and reprises the whole ending from "and you were standing there." amazing. Van then encores with a superb version of "Into The Mystic". Very soulful, this must be close to being the best version of this song out there.
I have art for this show
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