Cartwheeling: Live In Memphis
Release date: December 1, 2023
Previously unissued live 1992 set from the Memphis power-pop legend.
“It was such a memorable, electric night. And when the room emptied and we dispersed into the cold Memphis night, no one dreamed it would be 30+ years later before that performance would finally be available to hear.”—Van Duren
From his early days playing with Big Star’s Chris Bell and Jody Stephens, his discovery by Andrew Loog Oldham (The Rolling Stones), to a storied solo career—which inspired the acclaimed documentary Waiting: The Van Duren Story—Van Duren has earned his spot as a Memphis music legend.
Van also fronted Good Question, a band whose only release in 1986 was only marred by the classic problem of falling through the cracks. In 1991, the band began work on a follow-up, and invited a group of Memphis friends to a performance to showcase the new album material. The set simultaneously acted as a retrospective of Van’s career as a solo act, featuring material from his albums Are You Serious? and Idiot Optimism, plus a last-minute addition of a Beatles cover, worked up during rehearsals. The second album never materialized, and this performance has sat patiently in the vaults—waiting to be heard.
Cartwheeling: Live In Memphis is that show, presenting that 1992 set from Van, James Lott, Ray Sanders, Joel Williams, with special guest Rick Steff (Lucero). Newly restored and mastered by Grammy® winner Michael Graves, Van contributes new liners outlining the show and its significance.
Is She Ever I’m Looking For A Wife Her Name Comes Up A Man Would Be Crazy To Give Up All This One More Real Kiss The Love That I Love Tennessee, I’m Trying Cartwheeling Fool For The Face Such A Secret Midnight In Memphis Jane Got To Get You Into My Life The Naked Eye Of Love