, attached to 1991-11-24

Review by dscott

dscott This show is a hidden masterpiece. The band was audibly stoked to be wrapping up one of their first long tours and heading home. They straight-up threw the f*** down!

Set 1 brings plenty of juice. Stash is noteworthy for its wood block fills (hadn't caught "the clap" yet), spiralling harmonics, and screaming peak. Nice flow through the meat of the set, which culminates in an impressive Bowie - extended intro while the band thanks the crew with gifts, and then a frenetic build to a typically dizzying trill finish.

Set 2 gets good in a hurry. Nice little mini-jamlet to transition from Tube into Divided Sky, which is rich in both delicate details and stunning guitar fireworks. After a pause to note that Fishman has a splinter in his hand, Cavern kicks off with faux flubbed drumming that leads into an extended, string-bending intro. A unique version. Some interesting guitar variations in the jams out of both Mango and Chalkdust, the latter featuring hypnotic blues-rock repetitions.

YEM is the show's highlight. An absolute tour de force! Fun little guitar and bass variations make the intro segment more compelling than usual. Funky organ solo gets the jam rolling, and then the entire band abruptly locks onto this pulsating groove which builds into an irresistable wave of R&B ectasy! Utterly screaming peak, more fireworks, and then they gently deconstruct the jam before briefly rebuilding it - only to gently settle into a fun vocal jam featuring clicks and whispers. Absurdly good stuff!
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