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Permalink Posted by wakajawakka on , attached to 2012-08-28
wakajawakkaDon't believe the hype about that second set folks. I don't know why everyone on .net is glowing about it but there were little to no exploratory jams in that set at all. Chalkdust,Frankie and Undermind all had very interesting 2-3 minute bits of improv that could've turned into something better but instead just segued, very smoothly I might add, into one another. Yes the "flow" was nice and Undermind was played really well, but where are the jams?

And don't be fooled by that LimbxLimb either. Maybe it takes a musician's ear to hear these things but a few minutes into that jam Trey was clearly pushing for another direction (seagull cries, minor chords) but Page was having none of it, sticking to the Limb chords. This musical argument goes on for like 3-4 minutes with nobody agreeing on where to go until finally Trey steers them into yet another Type-1 rock jam that builds to the kind of peak we just heard in Sand>Walk Away. Top it all off with another muzzled 2001 and just-average YEM.

If you go to these shows to hear "First Set" renditions of all your favorites then you must be havin a great time on this tour. But if you're like me and you love this band for the risks they take and the places they're willing to go with their improv then this is pretty unimpressive stuff.
Score: -7

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