, attached to 1998-08-15

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads If you only listen to one set from the first day of Lemonwheel, I (highly) recommend Set 4: the (legendary) Ambient Jam. The first set technically comprises an entire Mike's Groove, though not all of the songs are segued. The Mike's Song > Simple to open is pretty heady, even though Mike's isn't very long, and neither is simple. Things pick back up with a nice microjam out of Cities > Weekapaug Groove. As for the second set, the Reba strikes my fancy quite a bit more than the one from Clifford Ball two years earlier, and it features an interesting, modulated segue into Sanity. Tweezer is about all she wrote for the big outside-the-box jamming in this set. In Set 3, David Bowie has what the setlist team calls a "lengthy intro," which is certainly an interesting listen, and perhaps can be viewed in retrospect as having foreshadowed what would happen in the Ambient Jam. You then get a nice triple encore with the perennial favorite Tweezer Reprise, but as I said, the Ambient Jam is the big thing of note here if you're relistening. It may in fact be true that this jam goes a long way towards explaining the further shift in style from the cowfunk of 1997 into the more "superextended grooves" of 1999 and 2000.


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