, attached to 2003-01-04

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw The interesting thing about these Hampton show is that there's no real progression throughout each night. And there's no real feeling of the guys "settling in" or "getting comfortable". But if you look around you'll see some goodies sprinkled throughout.

Llama does what Llama does best. Boogie on has a very nice but very short jam, it's a pretty great deal at 7 and a half minutes! Roggae has a gorgeous soaring section, unfortunately the transition back is extremely sloppy on Trey's part. Maze is great. Bouncing is a standout among most post 94 versions, I like lots of Page. SOAM is evil and chaotic like you would like it to be to cap things off.

Rock and Roll although a little stretched out does nothing for me. Mike's song on the other hand does. It's peak as hell and just a powerful version. Mountains in the Mist is nice filling for Mike's Groove. The transition into Weekapaug is awkward to say the least, but soon all is forgotten as we are taken for a ripping ride. DWD is peaky and good. The rest of the set is fairly straight forward.

Friday get's it's debut and hate it or love it, it's melancholy nature works well in this encore slot to end the NYE/Hampton run. To me it does at least.


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