, attached to 1986-10-12

Review by aybesea

aybesea Continuing my walk through the early years. Notes follow:

Golgi is played for the first time here and is surprisingly complete, though a little rough edged.

Slave is complete at this point. A nice rendition.

Love this Wilson! Out of the box and it is not only well formed, but a great jazzy jam as well. This is worth the listen alone. It is honestly better than the one I saw at Pine Knob.

Halley's is not marked here as a first, but it is the earliest one that I can find to listen to. I'm a huge fan of this song and hearing this early version is quite a treat. The harmonies are already worked out to a great extent. And while this is no Hampton 97, the little jam that closes it out is really well played. Nice!

Segue to Possum... the first Possum to sound even slightly like the modern version. The entire gait of the song has morphed into the rocking beat we are used to, instead of that angular loping sound of the prior versions. And the vocal harmonies are now in line with what we expect. Welcome to the party, Possum... this jam rocks!

The 2nd Sneakin' Sally to make it to tape is really well done. You can hear the precursor of the funk sound here... particularly Trey & Mike. All we need is for Page to hone his funk chops (give it a decade or so). This version sounds very Little Feat-ish (yes... I certainly know).

And... Makisupa is still as silly as ever. But it is well played... plenty of reggae to go around.

Love this show! Recording is solid and this one is attached to my permanent rotation.
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