, attached to 1992-12-31

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill Well I finally made it through all of 1992, and what a way to end the year in Boston. This is a really long three set affair with lots of crazy things going on during and between songs. Good recording.

A good Buried Alive opens things up and you can tell the adrenalin is pumping already as they segue right into a good Poor Heart including a false start by Trey. The energy continues into a good Maze. Trey has a few rough spots, but the solo sections are good. You can hear the reverb change in a standard Bouncing. Rift had a few rough spots as well, but otherwise well played. Wilson was good solid rock and more reserved tonight. Were they on their best behavior tonight for the radio crowd? Double shot of Gamehenge tonight with a good Divided Sky. Cavern was also well played. Foam was a little rough from Mike's end, but otherwise ok. IDK was its usual self with "Tubbs". A nice solid Antelope closes up a good first set.

Solid Jim to open second set picks up right where they left off. Ice had some rough Trey spots as if there were equipment troubles or something. It sounds like you can hear the reverb coils rattling in his amp, like he kicked it. Sparkle was ok, except the very end. Yay! Another Forbin is always great to hear. This one is good and has a great story before an ok, but spotty, Mockingbird. My Sweet One brings out the bluegrass and the Balls with a terrible ending leading right into a sloppy Stash. Glide was ok as things are starting to get sloppier with each song that is played. GTBT closes up an ok second set.

On to New Years with a rushed, sloppy Mike's Song complete with countdown and a really sloppy transition to a fast, rough Weekapaug. I'm sure there was partying going on, and it really shows in the playing. Harpua starts out with Trey reminding Mike that he sings too. Funny stuff here as the Harpua story gets the royal treatment for a holiday show, including a Kung bust out from Fishman. Coil starts off ok, but then suffers a little in the middle. Page's solo is good, as usual, leading into an inexplicable, and the only, cover of Diamond Girl. Not sure why they played it, but it wasn't that bad. Paul faded the mix out too, which I though was very unique and strange. Llama rocked out for a good ending to a sloppy third set. Very fun to hear though, just sloppy.

After some lip smacking, Trey explains the quiet needed to do Carolina in a large venue. The crowd complies nicely. The vocal levels are very uneven on the recording because of the barbershop style. A sloppy Fire finishes off the year with thank you's to all for a great time.

Well, not the best show I've ever heard, but I'm sure if you were there it was a great time. Three sets give you plenty of entertainment, and I'm always glad to hear a good recording. Thanks again to the tapers. I'm looking forward to hearing Page's new piano next year!

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