Van Morrison & The Danish Radio Big Band – Live at the Kulturcafe, Centersal, Ishoj, Denmark (1987)

FrontCover1Sir George Ivan “Van” Morrison OBE (born 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and record producer. His professional career began as a teenager in the late 1950s playing a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands, covering the popular hits of that time. Van Morrison rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he recorded the garage band classic “Gloria”. His solo career began under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Berns with the release of the hit single “Brown Eyed Girl” in 1967. After Berns’s death, Warner Bros. Records bought out his contract and allowed him three sessions to record Astral Weeks (1968). Though this album gradually garnered high praise, it was initially a poor seller.

Morrison has a reputation for being at once stubborn, idiosyncratic, and sublime. His live performances at their best are seen as transcendental and inspired; while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance, and the live album It’s Too Late to Stop Now, are highly acclaimed.

Moondance (1970) established Morrison as a major artist, and he built on his reputation throughout the 1970s with a series of acclaimed albums and live performances. He continues to record and tour, producing albums and live performances that sell well and are generally warmly received, sometimes collaborating with other artists, such as Georgie Fame and The Chieftains.

VanMorrison (1987)

Much of Morrison’s music is structured around the conventions of soul music and R&B, such as the popular singles “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)”, “Domino” and “Wild Night”. An equal part of his catalogue consists of lengthy, loosely connected, spiritually inspired musical journeys that show the influence of Celtic tradition, jazz and stream-of-consciousness narrative, such as the album Astral Weeks and the lesser known Veedon Fleece and Common One. The two strains together are sometimes referred to as “Celtic soul”. He has received two Grammy Awards, the 1994 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, the 2017 Americana Music Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was knighted for services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland. He is known by the nickname Van the Man to his fans. (by wikipedia)


And here´s a wonderful, a brilliant live concert together with The Danish Radio Big Band … what a great addition to every Van Morrison collection … it´s a must to have !

I had a request for this recently and to save myself some transfer time i thought i’d see if this already existed here [Dime]. What i found of this well-known Van show was a bootleg of the incomplete show just including the songs Van sang plus a couple of tracks from another show. After grabbing this i went back to my 31-year-old cassette. I remembered it being longer and it was. My tape has what I believe to be the complete FM broadcast including a version of one of the songs not included on the bootleg. i also believe my copy is better quality. I got this a few months after the show was on the radio. (davmar77, September 2018)

Recorded live at the Kulturcafe, Centersal, Ishoj, Denmark; February 28, 1987
Very good FM broadcast.


Van Morrison (vocals)
The Danish Radio Big Band:
Palle Bolvig (trumpet)
Lennart Gruvstedt (drums)
Ole Kock Hansen (piano)
Steen Hansen (trombone)
Lars Hougaard (trombone)
Bent Jædig (saxophone)
Uffe Karskov (saxophone)
Fleming Knudsen (saxophone)
Perry Knudsen (trumpet)
Ture Larsen (trombone)
Vincent Nilsson (trombone)
Benny Rosenfeld (trumpet)
Bjarne Roupé (guitar)
Jesper Thilo (saxophone)
Lars Togeby (trumpet)
Mads Vinding (bass)
Jan zum Vohrde (saxophone)
Ethan Weisgard (percussion)
Axel Windfeld (trombone)
Jens Winther (trumpet)

Alternate front + backcover:

01. Say It (instrumental) (Nilsson) 5.18
02. DJ talk 0.36
03. I Will Be There (Morrison) 2.49
04. DJ talk 0.49
05. A New Kind Of Man (Morrison) 3.41
06. DJ talk 0.26
07. Haunts Of Ancient People 6:06
08. DJ talk 0.29
09. Celtic Swing (instrumental) (Morrison) 5.16
10. Listen To The Lion (Morrison) 5:52
11. DJ talk 0.33
12. Vanlose Stairway (Morrison) 5.01
13. DJ talk 0.51
14. Scarborough Fair (instrumenta) (Traditional) 6.27
15. DJ talk 0.22
16. Got To Go Back (Morrison) 5.06
17. DJ talk 0.21
18. Here Comes The Night (Berns) 3.31