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Permalink Posted by westbrook on , attached to 1998-07-17
westbrookThis is a great show from the early part of the Summer 98 tour. Makisupa, Ya Mar, and Gumbo immediately set the summer time mood with their nice grooves. Ya Mar and Gumbo are both very good, and the following Divided Sky is a great choice for the dramatic scenery of the Gorge. The latter part of the first set has a good version of Waste and average versions of My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own and My Soul. The mellow first set is solid, especially Ya Mar through Divided Sky, but the second set is phenomenal.
The 2001 that opens the second set is the longest one ever played and is a surefire contender for best version ever. It's a 24-minute funk fest. The following Mike's Song is must-hear. After a powerful, rocking first jam segment, the jam turns beautiful and melodic in the second jam. As the jam dies down, Fishman starts up the drum beat to Weekapaug and Mike quickly comes in with the opening bass solo. The jam in Weekapaug is great and really funky. Character Zero may not be the most exciting set closer, but, FWIW this is a pretty good version. I'd take a PYITE and Rocky Top encore any day. This is quite the show with a laid back first set and a ridiculous, must-hear second set.
Score: 8

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