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Van Morrison review: Star good value, even at £1-plus per minute

By Andrew Johnston

The tickets may have been £100, but all 420 seats were filled for last night's performance.

Whether fans felt like they got their money's worth will have depended on how much slack they were prepared to cut the idiosyncratic megastar.

On stage for barely 90 minutes, playing mostly obscure jazz and blues and deigning to return for an encore isn't what you'd call crowd-pleasing.

Still, he was in spectacular voice, and the handful of classics - Baby Please Don't Go, Whenever God Shines His Light, Moondance, Days Like This, Brown Eyed Girl - sounded great. Who needs to hear Gloria trotted out again when you can revel in an impromptu rock 'n' roll medley or his take on Sinatra staple That's Life?

Three stars

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