, attached to 1998-08-11

Review by gingerphish

gingerphish For me, this entire show is icing compared to this incredible journey of a Jim. Before I review Jim, I'll mention I always listen to Trench Town through Time Loves a Hero before Jim if I don't want to listen to the whole show. Julius is never not fun and I love it early on. Wolfmans is a dance party and the transition into Time Loves a Hero is fantastic. You're wondering why no Reba or Maze? Reba is a good solo but a bit sloppy on the composed section. I know this opinion isn't a popular one but I have a hard time saying one Reba or Maze is better than the next. They're good songs but typically pretty standard jams never moving too far.

Jim: GOD DAMN. First listened to the version after a long tee break so I could get a job. You can imagine how entranced I was. Trey absolutely tears up this first kind of bright kind of ambient section that slowly fades away and grows darker. Great patience and listening by the band during this switch. The jam progressively grows more ambient and spacey until Trey starts ripping a signature "lets make it a happy jam" riff and off we got with an upbeat jam that gets rocking right around 22 minutes. The fast paced funky section that follows just adds to how good this jam already is. Trey switches on some cool effects at this point and Fishman kicks in a driving beat to keep things moving. West Side Story tease. Return to Jim. The crowd goes wild. The end. One of my favorite jams wish I was 20 years younger so I could have been there.
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