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I must confess I have been putting off doing a Best Of 2000 compilation
for quite some time as I thought I would have trouble filling 2 cd's
let alone 5. Well I have finished it and am quite happy with it. I must state
now that this compilation ends on July 6, 2000-the last date with the
Johhny Scott band and the start of the assault to my senses by Linda Gail
Lewis and all that entailed. When I did the Best Of 2001 I included a few
numbers with her in the band-but by that time some of the band proficiency
issues had been sorted out. I don't know when Van had decided to go this
route but 2000 contained a great many uninspired shows-but there are some true
gems in here. At least we still had the horn section-which is a big thing to me.
Another bonus for me was my vast choice of versions of Philosopher's Stone
and It's All In The Game-2 of my favorite songs. Philosopher's Stone was
performed 15 times and Game no less than 32 times in the period before Linda Gail
So we have 3 Philospher's and 4 Game and 3 Man's World tossed in as well
because it also is among my favorites-2 with Farlowe-1 solo

Anyways-comments are always welcome and I hope The Best Of 1999
will not take as long as this one did.



That's Life done 3 times without Linda Gail
Sometimes We Cry done without Chris Farlowe-nice change
Jackie Wilson Said-the best of the bunch
Make Me A Pallet On The Floor done 1 time and only 3 times
total and not since 1982
One Irish Rover done 8 times-this the best IMO
Bright Side Of The Road surprisingly only done 3 times
without Linda Gail
See Me Through done 2 times
I Know An Old Lady done 1 time and never again
Goodnight Irene done 1 time
I Believe To My Soul-my all-time favorite version
It's All In The Game-one of the 2 best of the year IMO
Philosopher's Stone-one of the longest of the year
Man's World-done one of the few times without Chris Farlowe


01-That's Life-06-13-Swansea-Wales
02-Sometimes We Cry-06-13-Swansea-Wales
03-Jackie Wilson Said-06-13-Swansea-Wales
04-Make Me A Pallet On The Floor-06-14-Swansea-Wales
05-One Irish Rover-04-21-LLandudno-Wales
06-Bright Side Of The Road-04-21-LLandudno-Wales
07-See Me Through-Soldier Of Fortune-Thank You-04-21-LLandudno-Wales
08-I Know An Old Lady-06-10-Oslo-Norway
09-Goodnight Irene-03-14-Birmingham-England
10-I Believe To My Soul-03-14-Birmingham-England
11-It's All In The Game-03-14-Birmingham-England
12-Philosopher's Stone-03-14-Birmingham-England
13-It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World-03-14-Birmingham-England

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