Firstly, I want to thank the tapers, traders and Van fanatics
who make this series possible. Without them we would be nowhere!!!!

Artwork included-thanks to HB

And last of all-ENJOY-that's what it's all about

The Best Of 2001 will comprise of 6 volumes
of versions of songs that I personally like.
They may or may not be your personal favorites
but they all stand out in one way or another for their
rarity of performance or for their uniqueness of version
They all blend as seamlessly as possible to simulate
an actual concert performance.
March 2001 marked the end of the Linda Gail Lewis era.
Only Volume 1 includes Linda Gail material.
In retrospect it wasn't a bad year-when I listen to what Van
is performing in 2007. You won't find too many of the songs
in this compilation in his present day setlist-which IMO
is a crying shame.OK-Enough lamenting!!!!

Volume 2

This one features the Hay On Wye-Wales concerts
on June 1st where he was good throughout and IMO
was the turning point in his concert performances
where he finally got out of the Linda Gail rut
he had been in for close to a year

The Healing Game-done 4 times
Tore Down A La Rimbaud-done many times-this the first and best of 2001
You Make Me Feel So Free-done 3 times
The Street Only Knew Your Name-done 2 times
I've Been Working-done 4 times
Boom Boom-done 1 time-and not since 1993
Reminds Me Of You-done 2 times
If You Only Knew-done 3 times
Georgia On My Mind-done many times-this one bluesy and lots of scatting
Burning Ground-done 9 times
Madame George-a beautiful version!!!!
That's Life-a killer version
Sweet Thing-done 1 time-Super!!!
Someone Like You-done 2 times
Northern Muse-Solid Ground-akiller!!!
Benediction-done 1 time

01-The Healing Game-02-24-Sheffield-England
02-Tore Down A La Rimbaud-05-25-Warsaw-Poland
03-You Make Me Feel So Free-06-03-Douglas-Isle Of Man
04-The Street Only Knew Your Name-06-03-Douglas-Isle Of Man
05-I've Been Working-06-03-Douglas-Isle Of Man
06-Boom Boom-06-29-Pistoia-Italy
07-Reminds Me Of You-06-01-Hay On Wye-Wales-Late
08-If You Only Knew-06-01-Hay On Wye-Wales-Late
09-Georgia On My Mind-06-01-Hay On Wye-Wales-Late
10-Burning Ground-06-01-Hay On Wye-Wales-Late
11-Madame George-06-01-Hay On Wye-Wales-Late
12-That's Life-06-01-Hay On Wye-Early
13-Sweet Thing-06-01-Hay On Wye-Wales-Early
14-Someone Like You--06-01-Hay On Wye-Wales-Early
15-Northern Muse-Solid Ground-06-01-Hay On Wye-Wales-Early
16-Benediction-06-01-Hay On Wye-Wales-Early
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