Van Morrison - Real Real Gone

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  1. Dan R

    Dan R Friend of Leo's

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    VM is probably my favorite artist of all time. Even though this was not was a hit, I think that one could do this live. Do you think this tune would fly with your normal audience?
     
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    I wish him well, I've admired him from afar.
     
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    I don't play out, but my experience of listening out makes me think that taking on any Van Morrison tune is a big job. The number of times I've seen VTM butchered by otherwise competent bands . . . well, I'd just say practice a few weeks extra before turning this loose on paying customers.
     
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    Great song, I'd play it. I also do Bright side of the road and Here comes the night
     
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    Down here in the Philippines, people love cheesy cover versions of Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? When I play them VM's original version, their minds are usually blown when they realise how much better it is.
     
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    I thought it was a minor hit, wasn't it? I definitely remember this being played on Top 40 radio back in the day in the Philadelphia region.
     
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    I love the soul men "shout outs" on the fade!
     
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    I've always liked this song. It might sound like there isn't much to it, but... it has to be sung with the right feel and the band needs to be really tight. It would be easy to miss the mark with this one, on stage.
     
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    It was a hit here. Got lot's of airplay, part of the 1990 soundtrack for me.
     
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    Not my favorite VM song. I’ve played lots of VM covers. They depend entirely on the audiences willingness to suspend disbelief. He’s unique.

    He’s pretty much impossible to imitate vocally. And he’s such a weird, fantastic blend of r&b and mystical hippie. Take a song like “into the mystic.” Just about the time when you’re starting to get fed up with the hippy dippy lyrics and noticing they don’t make sense, BAM those horns come in with a line that brings it all down to earth and completely redeems it.

    Also how does Van always get his records to sound loose and live, like he has a real band playing? One of the other great things about van is the songs always sound like a great bar band or r&b show band, not like the greatest players you’ve ever heard, but like good players having a good night. How does he pull that off? By all accounts he’s a sourpuss and a distant and difficult guy.

    I guess it’s just the voice—he has such a strong and distinctive approach that he pulls the band into that feel.

    His record with Joey DeFrancesco is pretty damn good. It’s such an odd pairing—the reigning king of jazz on the Hammond b3 and Van. And he plays some credible alto sax too
     
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    Thanks for all the comments. Come to think of it, this tune did get some airplay. Van may actually be more popular than I imagine. There are much easier VM songs to perform than this one. Plus, you almost have to have a horn section on this one, which is rare for a live band.

    maxvintage has a good point about Van's voice. It is unique and difficult to imitate. Van certainly can cover so much ground: R&B, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Celtic, etc. Not many artists can pull that off and do so for decades. His sax playing is unique as well. The story is that he was he was rejected by a number of bands because he was told they didn't need another guitar player. He then learned how to play the saxophone and got as gig.
     
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