I'm not a longtime Van fan like many of the other reviewers here. I've only recently begun digging deeper into his work after getting his BEST OF, VOL.1. I've never seen or heard him live before, so I had no specific idea what to expect. He turns in a generally strong collection of blues, R&B, soul & funk here with a fine backing band, complete with horns & strings.
Personally, I could've done without the tedious ballad, "Wild Children". This is fine for a studio album, but I felt it put a halt to an otherwise lively set. "Listen to the Lion" also isn't one of my favorite Van tunes. On the other hand, the version of "Domino" here seems fairly rushed. But my biggest complaint comes on Sam Cooke's classic "Bring It On Home To Me". Van practically butcher's this one, which he should have totally nailed. ("Leavinamebehinda"---What's up with that?! Poor Sam would be rolling over in his grave. For this little bit of sacrilege alone, I take off a point. Fortunately, Van recovers fairly well after this, & the tune features some beautiful sax & piano work, but what is done is done. For me the song is ruined.) Again, the vast majority of the performances here are well done, including one of my favorite Van tunes, "Saint Dominic's Preview", & the version of "These Dreams of You" included here is even better than the studio version. But I wouldn't recommend this as the first place to discover Van (and I'm a fan of live albums).