, attached to 1990-06-16

Review by DemandOpener

DemandOpener This show acts as a perfect "summary show" for the first half of 1990. Just take a look at a setlist that includes all the 1990 mainstays (Possum, Antelope, Mike's Groove, Fee, Gin) and mixes in a good amount of the newer material from the year (Bouncing, Tweezer, Horn). Thankfully, the old, horrible versions of Rift and Cavern don't turn up here.

There is nothing that makes this show so great that can be singled out as being well above average for the era. This is despite good versions of Possum and Antelope that have been rightfully singled out for jam chart inclusion. There's nothing wrong with being a solid 1990 show, but I think the reason this show has more 4 star ratings than your average 1990 show is because of Possum's inclusion on Live Bait Vol. 5 and the fact that this was a three set show in a year that didn't contain a festival.

It's not a bad show by any means. Most every song is tight and songs like Reba and Foam are finally starting to get played well on a consistent basis. But the greatest problems with any shows played in 1990 are simply the lack of setlist flow, the lack of any kind of real type II jamming, and the lack of setlist diversity. (I'm going to take a moment here to plug my favorite show from 1990: 5-4-90, a show that has the majority of the aforementioned qualities, and is definitely worth a listen.)

As for this Final Show of The Summer of 1990? Good, not great. 3 stars.


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