A Night in San Francisco

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A Night in San Francisco
Live album by Van Morrison
Released 17 May 1994
June 2008 (Reissue)
Recorded 12–18 December 1993
Genre Jazz, blues
Length 147:26
Label Polydor
Producer Van Morrison
Van Morrison chronology
Too Long in Exile
(1993)
A Night in San Francisco
(1994)
Days Like This
(1995)

A Night in San Francisco is a live album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1994. Guest artists were Candy Dulfer, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells and Jimmy Witherspoon as well as Morrison's daughter, Shana Morrison. James Hunter and Brian Kennedy helped out with the vocals and Georgie Fame was also present.

The June 2008 reissued and remastered version of the album contains a live take of the Morrison song "Cleaning Windows". "I'll Take Care of You/It's a Man's Man's Man's World" from this album was listed as one of the standout tracks from the six album reissue.[1]

Recording[edit]

The album is compiled of live performances at the Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, California on 18 December 1993 and The Mystic Theater, Petaluma, California on 12 December 1993. The bonus track "Cleaning Windows/The Street Only Knew Your Name" was recorded on 17 December 1993 at the Masonic Auditorium San Francisco, California.[2]

Composition[edit]

"In the Garden/You Send Me/Allegheny" was nominated for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in the 37th Annual Grammy Awards.[3] Most of the songs were medleys with several vocalists performing on each.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 starslink
Entertainment Weekly B link
The Independent (n/r favourable) link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

Richard Williams of The Independent wrote in his review that: "A Night in San Francisco...goes for the heart of the stuff that first inspired Morrison: rhythm and blues. He is in electrifyingly authoritative form, bringing all his experience to some of his finest songs."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Van Morrison unless noted.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Did Ye Get Healed?" – 4:18
  2. "It's All in the Game/Make It Real One More Time" (Charles Dawes, Carl Sigman)/(Morrison) – 4:19
  3. "I've Been Working" – 3:24
  4. "I Forgot That Love Existed/All Along the Watchtower" (Morrison)/(Bob Dylan) – 6:17
  5. "Vanlose Stairway/Trans-Euro Train/A Fool for You" (Morrison)/(Morrison)/(Ray Charles) – 6:55
  6. "You Make Me Feel So Free" – 3:14
  7. "Beautiful Vision" – 4:11
  8. "See Me Through/Soldier of Fortune/Thank You" (Morrison)/(Morrison)/(Sylvester Stewart) – 10:18
  9. "Ain't That Loving You Baby?" (Ivory Joe Hunter, Clyde Otis) – 4:44
  10. "Stormy Monday/Have You Ever Loved a Woman?/No Rollin' Blues" (T-Bone Walker)/(Billy Myles)/(Jimmy Witherspoon) – 6:08
  11. "Help Me" (Sonny Boy Williamson) – 6:10
  12. "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" (Sonny Boy Williamson) – 3:33
  13. "Tupelo Honey" – 4:01
  14. "Moondance/My Funny Valentine" (Morrison)/(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 9:09

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Jumpin' With Symphony Sid" (King Pleasure, Lester Young) – 4:47
  2. "It Fills You Up" – 4:43
  3. "I'll Take Care of You"/It's a Man's Man's Man's World" (Brook Benton) / (James Brown, Betty Newsome) – 16:23
  4. "Lonely Avenue/Be-Bop-A-Lula/4 O'Clock in the Morning (Try for Sleep)/Family Affair/You Give Me Nothing but the Blues/When Will I Become A Man?/Sooner Or Later/Down the Line" (Doc Pomus) / (Gene Vincent, Bill Davis) / (Morrison, John Platania) / (Sylvester Stewart) / (Morrison) / (Erica Ehm, Tim Thorney) / (Vernon, Ross, Shaw) / (Roy Orbison) – 14:51
  5. "So Quiet in Here/That's Where It's At" (Morrison) / (James Alexander, Sam Cooke) – 5:00
  6. "In the Garden/Real Real Gone/Allegheny/You Send Me" (Morrison) / (Morrison) / (trad.) / (Sam Cooke) ) – 9:41
  7. "Have I Told You Lately" – 3:51
  8. "Shakin' All Over/Gloria" (Johnny Kidd) / (Morrison) – 11:29

Bonus track (2008 CD reissue)[edit]

  1. "Cleaning Windows/The Street Only Knew Your Name" – 3:46

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1994 The Billboard 200 125

Album – UK Albums Chart (United Kingdom)

Year Chart Position
1994 UK Album Chart 8[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Catalog Reissues by Van Morrison on Blurt Online". blurt-online.com. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "concerts". ivan.vanomatic.de. Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2008. 
  3. ^ rockonthenet "1995 Grammys". rockonthenet.com. Retrieved 8 August 2008. 
  4. ^ Williams, Richard (17 April 1994). "Records/New Release: Van Morrison-A Night in San Francisco". London: independent.co.uk. 
  5. ^ Chart Stats: Van Morrison

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