Tweezer

, comment by kipmat
kipmat http://forum.phish.net/forum/permalink/1377202537

The Curtain leads directly into this Tweezer, opening the 2nd set of the second show of the band's first official NYE run. I think it is a nice example of this combo, being the second of its kind following 12/12/92. A heavy post-"Uncle Ebeneezer" jam brings us to the heart of the matter. Trey lets the guitar feedback ring at the start of the jam, allowing Page to slip in a "Rhapsody In Blue" tease. A big classic rock riff jam kicks in - to my ears, this sounds *kind of* like the opening riff to Punch You In The Eye - it's in the same key, but the notes and the rhythm of the two are not exactly the same. Still, this is the kind of potent jamming that was giving bros nocturnal emissions back in the day. This riff jam soon alternates with some playing in the key of D major, a move that the band often did back then. At 8:40, about the time when the earlier versions are winding down, Trey and Mike start playing in harmony, something else they did often during 1992. I like how that rock riff keeps getting hinted at later in the jam, until 12:22 when they hit the big E chord and start the wind-down section that includes the Donna Lee tease. It's a little mind-blowing to listen to the jamming in this version, let alone the rest of this set, and consider all that was still ahead of this band in regards to live improvisation.
 
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