We’ve had a bit of a love in of late and I just bought a bootleg DVD of a Van concert ( why I wonder as it is in full on YouTube , see attached, – but I digress) ..anyway the first thing I do is look at the date and the band members.
2 are the core for me Jeff Labes the keyboardist/ arranger who started on Astral Weeks and continued on up to around No Guru I think . The other one is bassist David Hayes who I remember vividly from the Too Late concert video- totally into it, looks a substance fuelled. He started around Hard Nose and has toured with the curmudgeon for longer than anyone.
Then watching this video I noticed the superb work of Pete Wingfield (18 with a bullet) on keyboards, even doing twirls mid-song and the soul slickness of ex James Brown sax player Pee Wee Ellis, perhaps the core of latter day Van’s sound. And that’s leaving out the Georgie Fame period.
I have only seen Van twice so any other opinions out there?