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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.



Did Ye Get Healed-he talks about Georgie Fame
Rough God Goes Riding done 3 times without Linda Gail
High Summer done 2 times
Don't Start Crying Now-Johnny Scott does most of the vocals
Johhny was underrated as Van could always count on him
He was sorely missed when Linda Gail assaulted us!!!!
Sack O' Woe done 5 times without Linda Gail
Symphony Sid done 2 times with Johnny Scott taking some of the vocals
Outskirts Of Town-the best of the year IMO
Is You Or Is You Ain't My Baby done 1 time and never before or again-a song
by Louis Jordan
Gotta See Baby Tonight done 1 time and never before or again-a song
by Louis Prima
Who Can I Turn To done 1 time-an Anthony Newley chesnut but Van's version
blows him away!!
Dead Or Alive done 7 times
Goin' Home done 5 times and usually when Chris Barber guests
Tore Down A La Rimbaud done 2 times
Fire In The Belly done 5 times without Linda Gail
It's All In The Game-the passport story
Whenever God Shines His Light done 2 times without Linda Gail
Stand By Me-this became his semi-regular closing song in 2000
before Linda Gail arrived and usually was done with Chris Farlowe
This version is without Farlowe and is the last song performed
before Linda Gail made her appearance and changed things forever???
At the end of the song Johnny Scott says
"We'll Meet Again-Don't Know Where-Don't Know When"
Well Johnny-I'm still waiting for you!!!!!!!!


01-Did Ye Get Healed-Yeh Yeh-04-27-Cheltenham-England-Late
02-Rough God Goes Riding-04-27-Cheltenham-England-Late
03-High Summer-04-27-Cheltenham-England-Late
04-Don't Start Crying Now-04-27-Cheltenham-England-Late
05-Sack O' Woe-04-27-Cheltenham-England-Early
06-Symphony Sid-04-27-Cheltenham-England-Early
07-Outskirts Of Town-04-27-Cheltenham-England-Early
08-Is You Or Is You Ain't My Baby-04-27-Cheltenham-England-Early
09-Gotta See Baby Tonight-04-27-Cheltenham-England-Early
10-Who Can I Turn To-04-27-Cheltenham-England-Early
11-Dead Or Alive-04-20-Blackpool-England
12-Goin' Home-04-20-Blackpool-England
13-Tore Down A La Rimbaud-04-20-Blackpool-England
14-Fire In The Belly-04-20-Blackpool-England
15-It's All In The Game-04-20-Blackpool-England
16-Whenever God Shines His Light-07-06-Portsmouth-England
17-Stand By Me-07-06-Portsmouth-England

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