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Permalink Posted by nichobert on , attached to 2011-09-04
nichobertNot sure if I'd consider this show to have any "terrible lows" - Come Together was kinda messy (We're not counting the 5th Ball as the last time it was played? Maybe they forgot how to play it without Jim Carrey?) as they didn't seem to be on the same page about how much of the song they were going to play.. Same thing with Halley's where it briefly seemed as if they thought they were playing Suzy and had to drop out for Page's solo.

Either way, I'll take those two minor hiccups and a second set that stayed cohesive and interesting all the way to the end over a second set that morphs into an encore with 25 minutes left :)

Wonderful to see Halfway To The Moon and Roggae played in a show with a lot of replay value as both songs don't seem to get the credit they deserve, plus Walls Of The Cave feeling like it belonged for perhaps the first time ever- I'd still love to see them jam into or out of the first verse and ignore the 2nd section completely once or twice but last night was ripping.
Perfect 4 song start to the show featuring a grand Maze opener, the likewise underrated BOTT, always welcome Rift and one of the best Bathtubs of the past decade. The Way It Goes was quite nice, and while unfortunately Halfway To The Moon didn't stretch to 40 minutes and finish the set who can really complain about a stretch of Gumbo, Halley's, Tube, Timber, Roses, Chalkdust?

A lot of people, apparently. While all those songs have reached sparkling improvisational heights, none of them were ever a guarantee to produce a Type II improv segment. Roses in particular seems to always be followed by a wave of "Why didn't they jam it out?"- They only "Jammed it out" on 4/3/98 and 12/31/99 so I don't know where the expectancy comes from when Fee has had more amazing long jams in the past 12 years than Roses. Gumbo, Halley's, Tube, Timber & Chalkdust have had a few more long exploratory jams in their history but I'd be surprised if more than 5% of their total versions resulted in the type II facemelting which everyone strangely expects.

Personally, I think it's more fun to bitch about why they didn't jam out Camel Walk or Halfway To The Moon or Foam or Bouncin' or something. I'm giddy for the future.
Score: 7

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