Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast

Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast is a live album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1984. It was recorded from four live shows in March 1983 at the Grand Opera House, Belfast, Northern Ireland (Morrison's birthplace). The album was composed of songs from Morrison's last four recordings.[3] It is the second live album Morrison released, following 10 years after It's Too Late to Stop Now.

Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast
Live album by
ReleasedFebruary 1984
Reissued June 2008
Recorded11 & 12 March 1983
VenueGrand Opera House, Belfast
GenreCeltic, rock
LabelMercury (Original release)
Polydor (All reissues since 1989)
ProducerVan Morrison
Van Morrison chronology
Inarticulate Speech of the Heart
Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast
A Sense of Wonder
Singles from Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast
  1. "Dweller on the Threshold" b/w "Northern Muse (Solid Ground)"
    Released: April 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert Christgau(B)[2]

This album was remastered and reissued by Polydor Records on 30 June 2008. "Rave On John Donne/Rave On Part Two" from this album was listed as one of the standout tracks from the six-album reissue.[4]

At these concerts, the song "Summertime in England" was also recorded and released as the B-side and extra track on the 45 and 12-inch single versions of "Cry for Home."[5]

Track listing

All songs by Van Morrison unless stated otherwise

  1. "Into the Mystic (Instrumental)/Inarticulate Speech of the Heart" - 1:06
  2. "Dweller on the Threshold" (Morrison, Murphy) – 3:38
  3. "It's All in the Game/You Know What They're Writing About/Make It Real One More Time" – 7:09 (Charles Dawes, Carl Sigman)/(Morrison)
  4. "She Gives Me Religion" – 4:35
  5. "Haunts of Ancient Peace" – 6:25
  6. "Full Force Gale" – 2:22
  7. "Beautiful Vision" – 3:34
  8. "Vanlose Stairway" – 5:29
  9. "Rave On John Donne/Rave On Part Two" - 9:09
  10. "Northern Muse (Solid Ground)" – 3:45
  11. "Cleaning Windows" - 4:56



Album - UK Album Chart (United Kingdom)

Year Chart Position
1984 UK Album Chart 47


  1. Allmusic review
  2. Robert Christgau review
  3. Hinton, (1997), p.241
  4. "Catalog Reissues by Van Morrison on Blurt Online". Archived from the original on 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
  5. Heylin, (2003), p. 379


  • Hinton, Brian (1997). Celtic Crossroads: The Art of Van Morrison, Sanctuary, ISBN 1-86074-169-X
  • Heylin, Clinton (2003). Can You Feel the Silence? Van Morrison: A New Biography, Chicago Review Press, ISBN 1-55652-542-7
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