, attached to 1992-03-06

Review by Penn42

Penn42 Yet another show that is forcing me to take '92 a bit more seriously. Their sound, in general, is more fully realized here than I was expecting from '92 (for more on this see my review of 12.12.92).

All of the debuts are fun and well played, though some of them still have a little maturing to do. Particularly, Rift and Maze have not yet come into their own. Each is a little slower than normal, which is fine (in fact, I really like Maze at the slower tempo), but each don't *feel* right. Their grooves are a little shaky and not in the pocket yet. Rift also has a nifty extra solo from Trey that is quite phenomenal. The other debut that is a different from "normal" is NICU, which is played over a different arrangement and has a nice Trey solo. MFMF and Sleeping Monkey were performed as they would be for years to come and the debut of Mound is the cleanest live performance I've heard of the song.

On to the non-debut parts of the show. Whenever I hear a Reba I haven't heard before I always like trying to guess what @TheEmu's rating of it is going to be on his nifty Reba jam chart. This is one of those cases where we disagree. I thought this was a pretty well played version in the composed section and the jam and was guessing an @TheEmu rating of around 9-10, but he said only 6.5 and commented that there was a lot of slop. Moral of the story? To each his own. He did rate the next two Reba's (3.11 and 3.12) in the 9-10 range, so I'll have to check those out to see what differences there are. The Bowie to end the first set is a real rager, one of the hotter type I versions I can think of.

Stash in the second set is pretty short and really raging. Same with Llama. This Possum with all of the secret language is fun too. Hearing the first language instructions in this show was a real treat. They were (and are, though they could do a lot more with the smaller crowds/venues of this era) such damn good entertainers. Honestly, despite some real musical highlights, listening to the secret language instructions was probably my favorite part of the show.

I'd say the solid playing, debuts of lots of classic material, and the first secret language instructions make this show required listening.


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