, attached to 1990-03-08

Review by TheEmu

TheEmu Most of my '90/'91 reviews are along the lines of "Solid show, nothing spectacular." This is one of the exceptions: I think this show is pretty much a stinkfest. As far as highlights, I would mention the first few moments of the Antelope jam, and a Weekapaug Groove that builds from tolerable to decent by the end. But right from the start, Dinner & A Movie is really sloppy, and is followed by a pretty average YEM. Possum starts rough, then levels out a bit, then we go OK (Ya Mar), slop (Foam), OK (Suzy), slop (A Train). Antelope has some interesting moments at the start of the jam, but the rest is pretty average and the intro is a damn mess. Set II is more of the same, with a so-so Divided, wonky deconstruction Gin, repetive and somewhat annoying AC/DC Bag, shaky and thrown-together Caravan, and a Mike's that's just blecch. Hydrogen is flat-out BAD, and you can hear Trey trying to get tuned up at the beginning of Weekapaug, which builds from tolerable to somewhat decent (mark that as your other highlight). Curtis Lowe is again haphazzard sounding, and Golgi is really messy. Then we get to the Contact, and that's what broke the camel's back for me. It's an effing wreck, with Page starting out horribly off-key and going down hill from there. GTBT is a bit better, but still fairly wonky, and besides, it's too late to change my opinion. Trey makes a comment that Saratoga should be proud of generating more body heat than any other city he's been in, so maybe that explains the show, but in any case, I didn't enjoy this one at all. I'm afraid I've got to go one star for this. Sorry, Saratoga!


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