, attached to 1997-12-30

Review by n00b100

n00b100 I mentioned in my review for the 12/29/97 show that I consider that one to be the superior show, but I'm quite aware that I am in the minority with that opinion, and sometimes I find myself wavering (usually, as you'd guess, when I'm listening to this show). You could argue that there are entire tours that don't have as much to offer as this one show does - an exceptional breakout in Sneakin' Sally; Trey going nuts with one of his best solos ever in Taste; a powerful Stash that guns the engines 11/23/97 style before closing in a near-hush; a mesmerizing set-opening AC/DC Bag that touches on sharp funk, powerful space-rock (a '97 trademark), and explosive '95-style power riffing before transitioning to a very good McGrupp; one of the craziest Harpuas with an amusing Tom Marshall appearance that is immediately followed up with an always-welcome and always-fierce Izabella; a truly lovely Hood that catches fire at the end with a nasty blues workout that naturally leads into My Soul; and, finally, a superb 4-song half-hour encore that peaks with a milkshake-thick BEK that segues brilliantly into a Sneakin' Sally reprise. Whether or not this is the best show of the NYE '97 run, it's certainly the most jam-packed and exciting, and should definitely be a cornerstone of your collection.
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