Tag Archive for Live

Glen Hansard – McCormack’s Wall

This is taken from on of my favourite albums of 2015: Didn’t He Ramble by Glen Hansard. My relationship with Irish music can be complicated; sometimes it is nice to reminded of home, sometimes I find it too twee by half.

However, I encountered this record at a time when my mind was drawn from Berkeley to the Emerald Isle which made it’s traditional sound perfect. This is especially true of this track which reminded me of my rurual small town adolescence.


Van Morrison – I’ll Take Care Of You / It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World (Live in San Francisco)

I am going to see Van Morrison in the Royal Albert Hall in London tonight. To say I am excited is an understatement. My favourite live artists in an amazing venue. Hopefully it will be a good night.

I thought it fitting then to post a live track by him today. This is two for one – tracks orignially recorded by Bobby Bland and James Brown (quite the twosome). The original versions are below.


Bobby Bland:

James Brown:

Van Morrison – Dweller on the Threshold (live)

I am a little wary of over posting Van Morrison (especially having posted another live version of his only a few weeks ago), it is apparent that my regard for his work is probably higher than most. However, one of the things I have tried to achieve through this blog is to document my musical taste and the journeys it takes me on and over the past few weeks Van’s live work is something I have been mining heavily. He is the most masterful performer I know.

This is taken from a 1982 performance in Germany. The original track is taken from Beautiful Vision, which was released the same year. I especially love the trumpet and saxophone…

Van Morrison:

Van Morrison/RjK

Donny Hathaway – Little Ghetto Boy

I first discovered the late, great Donny Hathaway (great voice, sad story) when I heard his great cover of John Lennon’s Jealous Guy (which I posted a couple of years ago). This is taken from the same album, Live, which was released in 1972.

This makes for a nice, smooth start to the week, which is always welcome.

Donny Hathaway:

Donny Hathaway/RjK