, attached to 1998-08-11

Review by Campster

Campster Another DVD release for review.

It's awesome they were able to release a Summer '98 show on DVD (but a bit unfortunate this was the only one available). That said this is a perfectly great show.

Set I opens with Trenchtown Rock which is a cool choice of cover in a summer tour known for them. Well done.

>Julius kicks in and is nice and fiery. Trey has some great phrasing in the solo and the final chorus is really solid, with Trey wailing of the refrain.

Wolfman's Brother is reliable in the 3 spot. This version is really cool. It has a good slow funky section and some awesome improvisation with Trey just hitting soft rhythms and building into incredible cathartic blues rock releases with the full band right in sync (yea Fishman!).

-> Time Loves a Her with the nifty segue led by Fishman! Cool cover, good playing.

Bittersweet Motel for any locals from Eerie or Pittsburg. Cool.

Reba is up next and this one has a good long jam and solid composed section. It's not my favorite version, but it's definitely good. Trey fires off some incredible fast runs in the jam. It's a wonder to watch. Awesome.

The Sloth! Great choice.

Ginseng Sullivan is a fun romp.

Fee>Maze is a stellar pairing, with Fee containing a great outro jam and Maze being absolutely incredible. A truly great moment.

Sample send us to setbreak smiling.

Great first set, very good song choices, abundant jamming (keep that Wolfman's-> Time Loves a Hero segment and the Fee>Maze for sure).

Set II opens with the big long jam of the day in Runaway Jim. I know people who don't care for this jam at all. It certainly is patient and spacey and does wander a bit at first. I personally love it, because it's textured and jazzy and open. When it finds direction the release is amazing as well with a notable nod from Mike. It also moves into a cool ryhmic sort of dark jam prior to the Maria tease. The return to Jim proper is glorious as well - it would have been easy to forget where the heck you were during this one. For me, this is great and is certainly worth relistens.

Meat is a great choice funky and fun. Perfect.

Limb By Limb is also a nice version and pretty strong. I like it here after the big Jim and funky fun Meat. Good jamming.

Circus is gorgeous truly. What placement. So nice.

DWD is the set closer and fills the role admirably with a blistering type I version that delivers on some heat, while also containing some good themes from Trey. I like this a lot.

Encore is very cool with Wilson>Golgi, both well played and a good atypical encore.

Overall 4.5/5 Great show.


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