, attached to 1993-08-17

Review by SlavePhan

SlavePhan THE GOOD: The 7th show of a fantastic run, this show won't disappoint. It follows the previous show's setup of a solid 1st set with a second set containing a ground-breaking version of a jam vehicle (in this case, Bowie). The Bowie is, as others have attested, the gem of the show, and in my opinion, a more solid performance than the previous jam extensions that occurred earlier in the week (8/13 Gin, 8/14 Antelope, 8/15 Tweezer) despite not having a critical 'high point'. You'll hear elements of those jams in here, but this Bowie is a much more cohesive performance than, say, the Antelope, which is quite herky-jerky. While I don't find Divided Sky as spectacular as the others, don't miss the Fluffhead, FEFY combination. The second set of this show is on hyper-drive, so listen to Rift and MSO if you want to hear how fast these songs can be played.

THE BAD: While there's not much to dislike in this one, the band is so energized that they play to the point of failure in a few songs. Rift, for instance, is so fast, that Fish can't quite keep up. One also has to wonder what could have been done had Purple Rain not made an appearance.

ETC: This show is also laden with little snippets and teases. Listen for the Oom Pah Pah signal as well as the First Call tease by Trey in Divided Sky. Trey teases Bowie during his acoustic section of The Horse. Page teases 'One More Saturday Night' in a break during Suzy. The band also whistles eerily during YEM, which they would do again at Red Rocks. Trey remarks he "doesn't want to sing with booties on" during Memories, but it's not apparent what is happening.


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