, attached to 1994-05-13

Review by Dog_Faced_Boy

Dog_Faced_Boy I would characterize this show as wild, well played, and fun to listen to with well chosen and well placed songs. With the exception of It's Ice, nothing gets too out there in terms of improvisation. However, Runaway Jim, Stash, and SOAM are all very strong "type 1" versions. I also note that although I believe this is an AUD recording, the sound quality is excellent, especially Set II, and I wondered whether it could possibly be a SBD recording or some mixture. So, the show:

Runaway Jim - fiery, well played opener with excellent Page. Straight forward version, but gets the show off to a good start.

It's Ice - this version is one of the most improvisational versions out there, in terms of the jam portion. No Page solo, this has the whole band rocking out with some very experimental if brief jamming. Great transition to:

Julius - a very early version (they only started playing it in April '94), but it is again, well played, Trey is blistering. The energy level after 3 songs is very high.

Mound - great song selection imo. Not really a breather, but after the first 3 songs, the energy at least needed to level off. Well played but nothing jumps out - just a good song in the right slot.

Stash - this is a great, great "type 1" version, shrill with lots of dissonance. Just when you think the jam is peaking and the release is coming, it turns into this growling monster with even more dissonance and tension. After a roaring version like this, a cool down is needed, and we get:

If I Could - here again, I give high marks for song selection and placement. Whereas in later years, a "Velvet Sea" or "Joy" like song would have let too much air out of the bubble, If I Could works well in this slot. The jam/piano solo towards the end is almost "Hood" like with an uplifting feel to it.

My Friend, My Friend - back to the tension and high energy show. Well played, does the job of keeping the intensity up.

Slave To The Traffic Light - I think this version is one of the best out there, seriously. It's got the right balance of power and grace - not too delicate, but enough to offset the incredible peaking crescendo.

Suzy Greenberg - no real surprises here - good set closer with the always dependable Page doing a great job.

All in all, an excellent, high energy, well played first set with great song selection.

Set II

Chalk Dust Torture - what you would expect - serious guitar work from Trey, restocks the energy load to get things going.

Bouncing Around The Room - Not my favorite tune, but it's fine here early, on the heals of CDT.

Split Open And Melt - I really, really like the placement here early in Set II - wish they would do this more often in 3.0. Like Stash, it's doesn't get out into "type 2" territory, but it's dissonant, electrifying, filled with tension. A great conventional version.

McGrupp - I admit to being biased here, because I love McGrupp, but I think this is the perfect slot for a song like this. I don't really call it a breather or let down tune. It's just different and interesting and something like this is needed after that smoking SOAM.

Peaches en Regalia - fire it back up! Enough said, except one more nod to careful setlist construction and song placement.

Scent of a Mule - no wild antics in the Mule Duel, but it's fun and no downer of a song for sure.

YEM - Similar to Stash and SOAM - well played, decent jam, good bass and drums, (I thought) funny vocal jam. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to be disappointed about either.

Purple Rain - Henrietta is always great, and his vocals here are hysterical.

Good Times Bad Times - as expected, well played, great set closer - again I wish they'd play this more often as a set closer instead of an encore - I'd take this over "Character Zero" most any day.

Free Bird - humorous ending to a great show.

All in all - well worth listening to this, especially because the sound quality is much better than I expected. It's not a ground breaking show like Murat '93 or Bangor '94 by any stretch - just high energy, high quality playing by the band at a period when they spent the time to really focus on song selection and setlist flow. My two cents...
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