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!!!!

That's it-I hope you enjoyed this trip
I'm going to try to get The Best Of 2000
out a little sooner-and then get into the 90's


Features a dynamite show from Malvern
and ends with 2 tracks from Swansea
Malvern has everything going for it
and rates a 9.5 on the MUZAK scale
so get in the elavator!!!!

Jump, Jive And Wail-done 6 times-and still fresh and not worn out yet
Cleaning Windows-he actually seems to enjoy singing it this time
Dead Or Alive-great version
Rough God Goes Riding-the only time I've ever heard him segue into it
Ain't That Loving You Baby-great version
Rambler's Blues-his first reading of it-a great song!!!!
Stop Drinking-again his first performance of it and not worn out like now
And The Healing Has Begun-great version
Have I Told You Lately-at least it's not the full "Las Vegas"
It's All In The Game-a workshop in all it's glory-Oh to hear it in 2007
It's A Man's,Man's, Man's World-done 4 times-with Chris Farlowe
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue-with Chris Farlowe

01-Jump, Jive And Wail-12-01-Malvern-England-Late
02-Cleaning Windows-12-01-Malvern-England-Late
03-Dead Or Alive-12-01-Malvern-England-Late
04-Rough God Goes Riding-12-01-Malvern-England-Late
05-Ain't That Loving You Baby-12-01-Malvern-England-Late
06-Rambler's Blues-12-01-Malvern-England-Late
07-Stop Drinking-12-01-Malvern-England-Late
08-And The Healing Has Begun-12-01-Malvern-England-Late
09-Have I Told You Lately-12-01-Malvern-England-Late
10-It's All In The Game-12-01-Malvern-England-Late
11-It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World-09-08-Swansea-Wales-Late
12-It's All Over Now, Baby Blue-09-08-Swansea-Wales-Late
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