, attached to 1993-08-12

Review by SlavePhan

SlavePhan THE GOOD: Although outshined by the following night, there is a lot of good in this one, especially in the way of eccentric jamming. The early first-set Reba has a wonderful DEG-inspired building jam and a good 4 minutes of Hey-jamming. In Guelah, Trey jumps back and forth amongst keys throughout the song. SOAM also gets fairly wacky - it diverges onto a unique path around 9 minutes in and hardly looks back. Tweezer, though, is the star of the show. After a chug-a-lug jam, the band finds themselves playing a slow reggae-inspired groove, then jumps back and forth amongst tempos (slow to fast), and then even amongst songs (Landlady then back to Tweezer). It's a Frankenstein of a jam, but is a great representation of the wild stop-on-a-dime mentality of the tour at this point. For more energetic and typical shredding songs, the Chalkdust, Maze, Possum, and Fire are scorching and worth a spin. Even Golgi seems particularly pretty on this night - the boys were on!

THE BAD: I have no idea what was going on with Trey's rig, but for 2001 and parts of the Landlady, he can't seem to play anything right. Sounds like technical difficulties to me, but it's a weird contrast to how solid the show is otherwise.

ETC: ACDC Bag is "For Lodi". There's a bunch of teases in this show - DEG in Reba, Can't You Hear Me Knocking in Chalkdust, and Mystery Achievement in Maze. Take note of the wide use of language signals, key change signals, and Get Back/return signals in this Tweezer. Mike is introduced as Mik-Ha-El in Poor Heart. Mike yells 'Rastafari!!' during Tweezer. If you're interested in seeing shades of other jams appear for the first time, check out Reba @ 10:45 (Tinley Park Antelope).


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