, attached to 1993-08-02

Review by SlavePhan

SlavePhan THE GOOD: This show is a barn-burner. There are four gigantic bust-outs in this show, which come out of nowhere. While Brother is slightly tame, La Grange and Sparks are absolutely fantastic - versions to be placed in the best-ever category. That's not to say that there aren't strong points elsewhere throughout the show. Check out the wild bluegrass 'hey' jam at around 9 minutes into Gin, featuring some lively Fish fills, which gives way to an out-of-nowhere Makisupa. This show is *fast, with every bluegrass song preformed at top-speed. The Antelope to close, resolving the earlier Makisupa, is just icing on the cake. And, while you wouldn't think that a mid-Mike's Coil would necessarily be interesting after the craziness that happened earlier in the set, Page's solo is quite nice. Hell, even Sleeping Monkey sounds great.

THE BAD: It's hard to be critical of this one - if there is anything to say, I'll mention that Fish doesn't chime in on Poor Heart or Suzy, for some reason. Maybe he was saving his voice for Bike?

ETC: Lots and lots of etc. in this show. Check out Guelah for some quirky little breaks, something the band would keep up for the remainder of the tour. There's 2 secret language signals in here, too. Trey introduces Dog Log by asking "What song is it you want to hear?", and then dedicating it to Paul, as it is "his favorite song". Trey introduces Fish as "the master of the universe...the one the only, Henrietta, reborn in Vermont!". Fish talks about his new 1953 Electrolux that he picked up in Atlanta a few days before the show. Oh, and there's that crazy Geddy-Lee sound-a-like in Mike's!!

BOTTOM LINE: An energetic show - one of the best of the year, this one has pretty much everything. 5/5


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