Van Morrison A Night in San Francisco 1993

A Night In San Francisco is a live album by Irish singer songwriter Van Morrison which was recorded at concerts in California in December 1993.

I’ve said it before but the world (and especially me) needs for Van Morrison live albums.

Van Morrison A Night in San Francisco

Night in San Francisco

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Set List

Like It’s Too Late To Stop Now, in this set, Van Morrison plays tribute to his influences as well as picking songs from his many earlier albums.

For me personally, the further he moves away from the three absolutely essential studio albums, Astral Weeks, Moondance and St Dominic’s Preview, the more problems I have theoretically with the chosen set.

Disc 1:

  1. Did Ye Get Healed? (originally on the album  Poetic Champions Compose)
  2. It’s All In The Game/Make It Real One More Time
  3. I’ve Been Working (His Band and the Street Choir)
  4. I Forgot That Love Existed
  5. Vanlose Stairway/Trans-Euro Train/Fool For You
  6. You Make Me Feel So Free (Into the Music)
  7. Beautiful Vision
  8. See Me Through/Soldier Of Fortune/Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin
  9. Ain’t That Loving You Baby?
  10. Stormy Monday/Have You Ever Loved A Woman?/No Rollin’ Blues
  11. Help Me
  12. Good Morning Little School Girl
  13. Tupelo Honey
  14. Moondance/My Funny Valentine

Disc: 2

  1. Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid
  2. It Fills You Up
  3. I’ll Take Care Of You/It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World
  4. Lonely Avenue/4 O’ Clock In The Morning
  5. So Quiet In Here/That’s Where It’s At
  6. In The Garden/ You Send Me/Allegheny (No Guru, No Method, No Teacher)
  7. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? (Avalon Sunset)
  8. Shakin’ All Over/Gloria

I may have reservations about the set list and there are plenty of songs I wish he’s played but Van Morrison has delivered another compelling performance.

When I first bought this album I was disappointed with it. This next sentence from my original review summed up my feelings. The problem is that it’s not as magical as It’s Too Late To Stop and I find that The Grand Opera House Belfast live album has a lot of charm that pulls me back into it as well.

Now I accept that this is terrific and when I settle on my ratings, I expect it to be in the 27 or 28 mark (losing points for the set list and the atmosphere and lack interplay with the crowd). The performance itself is fantastic and I can’t stop playing it at the moment (late June 2015). I’ve got used to the idea that Morrison is the band leader (like Duke Ellington for example) at this stage in his acreer and not the dominant figure that he was in the early 1970s.

What Other People Say

The attention of the critics goes to It’s Too Late To Stop Now when it comes to live albums by Van Morrison. It is a great album.

A Night In San Francisco also has its charms and fans.

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