, attached to 1983-12-02

Review by Dunwoody

Dunwoody I don't know if this full show circulates anywhere. All I have access to is the Scarlet Fire. Hard to review it as anything other than an historical novelty, but it's a good listen for context.

Trey takes lead vocals, and it's hard to tell from the recording I'm listening to, but it doesn't sound like Mike participates in the harmonies in Fire. It's interesting that Trey really sings this; evidently he had not yet adopted the talk-sing style he used for most of "1.0." Mike hits some heavy chording during the first solo break in Scarlet, which I think shows he was already a pretty independent musician, and not just mimicking Phil (though there's also a lot of Phil-esque melodic bass line). Trey's guitar style is still very much in the Jerry vein -- no tension and release to speak of here, and he even breaks out the wah for the Fire transition. Jeff does solid rhythm work, but for the most part not much to write home about except some cool double-lead work toward the end of Fire. Likewise with Fish, though he does some really solid pounding during Fire.

Couple of vocal flubs during Fire, but really who cares.


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