, attached to 1993-07-24

Review by SlavePhan

SlavePhan THE GOOD: There's high praise for this show from the other reviewers and this show has been fondly remembered by long-time phans. I really like the first set Stash, which draws down to a quiet lulling pulse during its heart, only to revive and deliver a fantastic sustain from Trey in the final 45 seconds. The Mango Song breakout is nice statistically, but I think it is overshadowed by the band's mellow jam out of Coil, one that I am quite fond of. The Mike's foreshadows the lilting playful swing-jam that would be featured in Mike's jams throughout the summer (notably in Murat). This version is sans craziness by Trey, though. Weekapaug has a wonderful silent jam around 3:45, which moves unpredictably into a full-blown rockabilly style jam (akin to Dogs Stole Things!).

THE BAD: Sound quality for the circulating version of this show is a B-, which is definitely a detraction. There's not much bad about this show, but it's bookended throughout this tour with spectacular performances, and, listening chronologically, seems a bit underwhelming. As mentioned elsewhere, the band plays it somewhat safe as the show was at the largest venue the band had played at the time. No real flubs to speak of.

ETC: The Mango Song features a false Bouncing start by Fishman. Mango may have been prompted by fans calling for it before the encore the night before (listen carefully to 7/23). Blatant teases of 2001 by Trey can be found in the Maze. Fish is entertaining during Purple Rain, coaxing the crowd to "see some more lighters!". Trey thanks the crowd, as was per usual for the tour, during Daniel.

BOTTOM LINE: A very solid show, solidifying their New England fan base, but not spectacular. 3.5/5


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