The amazingly beautiful, spacey jam out of Bag is worth a few dozen listens. This 3 show run was not anything exceptional- or had I become way too spoiled by that point, as is the tendency? However, the jam out of bag has always been one of my favorites.
Well, I found the second set to be a bit oversold here. The Bag has a few transcendent moments mixed in with a bunch of noise. Noise is nice and everyone likes long meandering jams... but this was a bit excessive, no? Believe it or not, I found that the most interesting moment was the Farmhouse--this song had come a long way in a year.
What got me excited was actually the first set. (Yeah, I was surprised, too.) Both the Mike's and the Weekapaug are very strong: the former features a slow, patient build followed by one of those patented (though recently rare) F-major jams while the latter has two or three absolutely explosive peaks that just keep spilling over. In between is a song-oriented clump that includes an acoustic Brian & Robert where the band strips down an already lean song, revealing some of the quieter melodic elements. (Page's piano counterpoint on the late verses, for example, comes to the fore a bit more when it's not swimming in the muck of sustained Rhodes blanket tones.) The Wedge wants to scream, as was its habit in those days, but Trey's not quite as surefooted as he is elsewhere in the set, falling out of key a few times. He was, however, totally anchored during While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
This was a great way to kick off the three night run. After a first set Mike's Groove sandwich I knew it was on for the second set. The mind blowing Bag to open the second set confirmed that my face would be melted right there on the spot. Next thing I know many moments later after intense jamming I was plunged into the story of the Ghost. Funk grooves took me all the way to complete facemeltedness. There really is no other way to describe what I was experiencing and when it was all said and done we crashed into a sublime finish of Reba and Farmhouse. The WMGGW encore was simply the cherry on top.
Mikes song has a gorgeous little jam very similar to an early Simple jam. Billy Breathes also stands out a little bit as a very good version. Weekapaug although not the typical shredtastic type is very cohesive and inspired, a great cap to the set.
Bag gets very deep and is a great example of a 98' ambient jam, it features some fantastic work by Page and great layering by Trey. Ghost has a jam that doesn't meander all that far but is still very good, it also features a good little outro jam similar to the end of the Halloween Wolfman's Brother just a week or so before. Reba again comes back into the second set, and although it does not trail off into space like 10/29/98 it features great work by Trey in his solo section.
One of my favorite fall 98 shows.
My Soul- solid opener, standard.
Mike's Song, very improvisational throughout begins to fade and transform into a little space- like jive before ending. 14 plus minutes.
Driver and Brian and Robert- standard versions.
Wedge- fikus- limb by Limb, beauty of my dreams good, nothing to out there. Great version of Weekapaug 4/5 set 1
Bag- one of the giant jams of the fall, transforms into a momental jam with Trey sending shivers through spines.
Ghost- sick 1998 circa play, great version
Encore- guyute > Beatles, awesome! Great show with some really captivating jams including Mikes, bag, Ghost, paug
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