, attached to 1994-11-18

Review by Miguelito

Miguelito Another fine show from this fantastic tour. This one opens with Rift, performed solidly by the band and immediately raising the energy level. The subsequent AC/DC Bag is excellent and, while not straying too far, it’s also full of energy, with an ending jam that really smokes, taking this version to the next level.

There are some solid tunes following, including the always-welcome Tela, but the next real highlight is the chaotic, frenzied Melt. This tour has several excellent versions and this one is right up there with them. I love this version and this to my ears is the clear highlight of the set, full of tension and release leading to a nice peak. Page is particularly noteworthy here, wailing away on the piano keys throughout. The acoustic numbers that follow are a treat, closing out the set, with Rev. Jeff Mosier joining the band on banjo.

The Llama to open set II sets the tone for the remainder of the show. This version rips. I really miss this tune being in regular rotation and opening sets is the perfect placement for it. This leads into a fantastic Gin, which appears after a 22 show gap, close to the start of the tour. This high-energy, multi-tempo version leads into a lovely Lifeboy. After Poor Heart we get another major show highlight, Tweezer, which was enjoying a strong tour. This one holds up but is perhaps not on par with some of the best versions from this tour. It’s a frenetic version that builds and builds, and for better or worse, lacks much of the exploratory jamming that the longer versions from this tour contain. After the peak, it dissolves into Contact.

The Possum that follows is more high energy antics. This one is worthy of several listens and is arguably the highlight of the show, despite numerous other candidates.

We get a double encore to close out this excellent show. Rev. Jeff rejoins the band for these tunes. The first acoustic tune, Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms, was nice but the following Jim is pretty special. The banjo is a welcome addition, and the band takes this tune for a nice spin.

Overall, this show has numerous highlights that make the entire show worth a listen.


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