There are few music lovers who would argue that Van Morrison doesn’t deserve living legend status. He has been a professional musician since the early days with Northen Irish band Them, circa 1964, which puts him in the business for over 50 years. Morrison has acquired a mammoth and influential body of work over the decades, somewhere around 40 albums. Compared to his lengthy career, which includes six live albums, there haven’t been many official Morrison concert DVDs. That makes this one, which includes two full shows from the Irish bard’s 2016 tour, so significant. It runs over two hours and covers most of the musical ground Van is known for; a combination of jazz, blues, soul, Celtic and a smattering of rock and roll. His stripped down five piece band, which includes a female backing singer, is tight and able to shift musical gears with nonchalant ease. For 70 years old, Van hasn’t lost any of his distinctive vocal range, and he has also returned to playing sax and harmonica, along with occasional lead guitar, which brings additional layers and texture to the songs.
Includes bonus concert: ‘Up On Cypress Avenue’.