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Bootleg Bonanza: Van Morrison – San Anselmo, CA (02/15/73) – The Lion Roars

van morrison the lion roars

Van Morrison
Lion’s Share
San Anselmo, CA

Download MP3@320: Rapidshare

Saint Dominic’s Preview/
Caledonia Soul Music
Hey Good Lookin’
Since I Fell For You
I’ve Been Working
Instrumental, Caravan
I Just Want To Make Love To You
Hard Nose The Highway

Set II
Everybody’s Talkin’
Help Me
I’ve Been Working
Wild Children
Saint Dominic’s Preview
Listen To The Lion
Since I Fell For You
White Cliffs of Dover
Hard Nose The Highway
I Just Want To Make Love to You


From the liner notes:
The Lion’s Share broadcast from San Anselmo,CA is one of the great treasures prized by Morrison collectors.It is also one of the most difficult to find complete in excellent quality.

The broadcast on a low power Berkeley station [ed: see notes below] limited the reception area. Even worse,the Bay Area was rocked by a winter storm on broadcast night which not only interfered but interfered in different locations at different times.For the first time on disc,the complete two set Lion’s Share Show is now in excellent quality pieced together from three sources for the cleanest tape possible.

The effort is well worth it for the rarities the listener is treated to. With jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi sitting in , Van opts for a looser sound and a number of unique performances. Check out the wordless scat singing on “Into The Mystic” as well as the long instrumental breaks. Van sings both the verses and scats on a one time performance of Fred Neil’s “Everybody’s Talking” from the movie “Midnight Cowboy”.

The Lenny Welch classic “Since I Fell For You” received two treatments: the first Van plays it straight while the second is an extended jazzy version with Van’s most impassioned singing of the night. Other unique treats are the World War II era “White Cliffs of Dover”, Hank Williams’ “Hey Good Lookin'” and a lovely version of the Johnny Mathis hit “Misty”.

Additional information from Paul Grosso:
Just for the record, the broadcast was on KPFA – it’s a non-commercial station but certainly not low power. It’s actually heard all over the Bay Area and has repeaters feeding their signal all the way down to Monterey.

During “Hard Nose the Highway”, in the early show, Van namechecks the following musicians:
Brother Jack Schroer: saxophone
Jeff Labes: piano
Doug Messenger: guitar
Marty David: bass
Rick Shlosser: drums


August 13, 2012 - Posted by | Bootleg Bonanza, mp3 downloads, Music, Van Morrison

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  1. This is a classic! Thanks Mat!

    Comment by Grant | August 13, 2012 | Reply

  2. Lovely stuff, thanks – a very interesting point historically, just before things geared up for the Caledonia Soul Orchestra tour later in 1973. This was the last time Doug Messenger played with Van.

    Comment by edenontheline | August 14, 2012 | Reply

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