, attached to 1995-11-12

Review by Miguelito

Miguelito I've been diving into some less covered shows and this is one that deserves a bit more attention.

I love My Friend My Friend in the opening slot, and Llama to follow is sweet. A nice, high energy 1-2 punch to get things going. Guelah is an always welcome rarity and this version doesn't disappoint.

The Reba is a magnificent centerpiece of the set. This tune will always have a special place in my heart ever since my love-at-first-listen when I popped Lawn Boy into the CD player back in 1991 and this version is as fine a take as any from this year. The recording is crystal clear here and the band is clearly in sync as they build to an intense peak. A very fine version.

The Taste is an early version, which still has Fish on some of the vocals. I don't miss these versions. The If I Could is a lovely breather before the Melt. This version is typical '95 stuff, which is to say it's pretty great. It builds to a chaotic peak and, while it's not the most out there or long version, it's an energetic, strong version.

After the audience chess move, the set opens with The Curtain. While I prefer my Curtain's to be With, I'll take it without if there's going to be a monster Tweezer like this that follows. Of course, back in '95 the band was only playing the tune without so we didn't have a choice and this is a nice set opener.

This Tweezer doesn't disappoint. While not as deep or exploratory as some of the versions from the past summer, this version is excellent. This upbeat version pretty much rocks the whole time and is worthy of a listen, especially if you tend to lose interest in the spacier or more ambient jams.

After a couple of other tunes, Slave makes its appearance and this is a lovely version with nice peaks and valleys. Kudos to the taper as each band member is clear here, and Mike in particular is fun to follow.

The Possum is a fun, tease-filled version which sets us up to end the show. While not quite the tease-fest from the second time I caught this song, on 5.17.92, this is a great version. Going into this song, I would have thought this was the set ending. If the band did in fact end here I don't think anyone would have been disappointed. However, the band had other ideas. I love Tweezeprise in the set closing slot rather than as an encore as it closes on the highest possible note.

For the encore we get Fire, a nice, short version but it's a perfect choice. After a rocking Tweezer, Possum and Tweezeprise, we should've expected nothing but a Hendrix cover. And we're done. An overall very good show in an excellent tour.


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