Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl: The Concert Film

Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl: The Concert Film is the second official DVD by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It was released May 19, 2009 (see 2009 in music).[1] It features the songs from his 1968 classic album, Astral Weeks. The live performances on the DVD were filmed from two separate concerts by Van Morrison at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California with a fourteen-member band. The DVD is featured as an Exclusive in the United States with a release date of May 19, 2009. Morrison also released an album on CD and vinyl on February 24, 2009 entitled Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl with material from these two concerts.

Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl: The Concert Film
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ReleasedMay 19, 2009
RecordedNovember 7, November 8, 2008 at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
GenreBlue-eyed soul
LabelListen to the Lion Records
ProducerVan Morrison
Van Morrison chronology
Live at Montreux 1980/1974
Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl: The Concert Film

Included as a trailer and entitled "To Be Born Again" is an interview conducted by Scott Foundas with Morrison explaining some of the meaning behind Astral Weeks and other footage behind the scenes.[2] Some of the songs on the DVD have new sections that were added during the live performances on stage at the Hollywood Bowl. As producer of the CD and DVD, Morrison insisted on no post-production engineering so that the sound would be as close as possible to the live concert performances.


Professional ratings
Review scores
USA Today[3]

Mike Clark with USA Today called it: "A preservation of last year's rhapsodically received Nov. 7 and 8 performances, kinetically photographed and edited for an even more succulent taste."[4]

Track listing for DVD

All songs, music and arrangements by Van Morrison

  1. "Astral Weeks - I Believe I've Transcended"
  2. "Beside You"
  3. "Slim Slow Slider - I Start Breaking Down"
  4. "Sweet Thing"
  5. "The Way Young Lovers Do"
  6. "Cyprus Avenue - You Came Walking Down"
  7. "Ballerina - Move On Up"
  8. "Madame George"
  9. "Listen to the Lion - The Lion Speaks"

Bonus tracks (2009 DVD release)

  1. "Common One"
  2. "Gloria"

Bonus features

  1. To Be Born Again - trailer


On the bonus tracks



  1. Rosen, Steven (2009-02-18). "Van Morrison:Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl". Archived from the original on 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  2. Hall, Tara (2009-05-13). "May's New Music DVD Releases: Elton John, Van Morrison, The Moody Blues". Archived from the original on 18 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-22.
  3. USA Today review
  4. Clark, Mike (2009-05-21). "New on DVD: Morrison concert, 'Valkyrie'". Retrieved 2009-05-22.
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