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Permalink Posted by Penn42 on , attached to 2011-08-05
Penn42Just a little under a year after this shit went down, I am finally starting to come to terms with the last 30 mins of set II. I dig any good jam no matter what show it is from, but isn't it so much more satisfying when the show rocks as well? I think so.

The first set is almost flawless. Strong performances on every song, especially Roggae and Walk Away, which are the highlights of this set. The only thing I would change would be to remove either Funky Bitch or Roses because this set was just too damn long IMO. But really I'd much rather have too long with solid playing than shorter with ripcords or sloppiness or any other such tomfoolery.

Now back to my original statement (I'm not even going to bother talking about The first half of set two because all the other reviewers have already covered everything). After the cataclysm that was R&R -> Meatstick -> Boogie the set *kind of* dived off a cliff. Farmhouse is fine, I like that song and thought it would be a great cool down after that crazytown preceding it. But to follow that up with Show of Life? I still don't really know what Big Red was thinking but I have learned to accept it. Show of Life is definitely a pretty weak song, but I'm not gonna let it ruin this set for me, ya know? Julius is a great song and this version would be the best of the year had it not been for Essex. There is some really nice motivic playing from Trey in this version. Character Zero was Character Zero. If they hadn't played Cavern in set one it should have showed up here. The way I see the end of the set now is that there isn't really anything to complain about, just things to wish for.

Loving Cup was great. Sure they were playing it a lot this tour, just like Tweezer or Cavern or Wilson or Bathtub Gin or etc. a lot.

Super solid show definitely top 10 (maybe even top 5) for 2011 IMO.
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