5/6/93 The Palace, Albany, NY (Rvwd 11/94)
Without question, the best Tweezer in my collection in the 1990-3
span. The second set opens with a very good Suzy with a great jam.
Tweezer comes next. A very standard uneventful opening. Sure, the
usual exaggerated lyrics here and there. No hints of what is to
come. At the very beginning of the jam, Mike has the audacity to play
what is basically Sweet Emotion's (but not quite if you listen
carefully) primary bass line over and over again for the first few
minutes. It sounds really, really awesome (unless you hate Sweet
Emotion). Trey ignores him, but Page steps up and drops some Sweet
Emotion chords as well.
The jam is very bold and raw until Trey breaks out of the Force and
steps out in front of everyone, soaring magnificently on the
Languedoc. Soon, the jam gets taken over by Trey, and frankly, gets
really weird, with everyone just tooling around. Actually doesn't
sound too good.. just weird (like Bangor and Bomb Factory do at
times). They just all screw off for a few minutes. Then Mike and
Trey lock into a weird repetitive lick that would have become dull if
they had continued on it longer than they did. [Editor's Note: They
jam on the main riff of the Dude of Life's Crimes of the Mind in here,
which I didn't recognize back in 11/94 when I reviewed this Tweezer.]
Mike soon fires up the bass out of this lick (after Page adds his two cents),
and then Trey starts firing off chords and They blast off into a
rocking Tweezer finale jam -- that actually isn't the finale!!
Suddenly, they drop this raw near-the-end-sounding Tweezer jam and
move into this sweeeeeeet, beautiful, awe-inspiring minute or so of
blissful melodic Play (that's right.. 'Play" for all you Derrideans
out there.. you know who you are). It is ORGASMIC!! Then the typical
Tweezer theme arises again very powerfull,y and the plebeian
slowed-down end-of-the-theme standard ending "jam" (!) comes in.
(exhale) At nearly twenty minutes, this is a killer Tweezer that --
though it includes 3 or so minutes of just plain old fucking around
that sounds weird -- is simply fantastic as a version. If they had
just continued wailing instead of going into that weird chaotic
mind-melting interlude I would give this version a 9.0 "must get this
fucking tweezer" rating. This wouldn't be fair to Eureka 4/92,
though, which is also a killer version of Tweezer. I think I like
this one more, though. I have to give it a must have rating. 8.5 .
There. I've done it. It's over. Flame away. Please, one of you has
got to think that this is the lamest version of Tweezer ever.. I'm
ready to hear your "rationality" regarding this.
Oh yeah, and this show (set, actually) had Dick Solberg doing some
stuff on violin with the boyz which sounds great.. 'That's Alright
Mama' is really cool! Not to mention the ob la di in the Mikes..! (A)