, attached to 1993-03-31

Review by theghost

theghost Listened to the first set this morning... 25th Anniversary! It's been a good day and this show kicked it off with a jolt of electricity. Popped in here, expecting to find some jam chart entries and glowing reviews... it sounded so damn good to my ear this particular morning. But wow, mostly crickets.... except for Dareba... he gets it! It took his review 4+ years out there on an island... but I hereby give him a hearty like! I too had crispy tapes of this back then, but unlike him, I didn't appreciate it quite enough at the time. Those were the crazy days... packages of tapes were flying in and out of my apartment at a deranged pace. Dual Harmon-Kardons spinning day and night...trying to throw out some blank and postage offers on the side. ... tapes coming in faster than I could listen to them. I remember considering this an excellent, better than average show for the tour , but kept moving on, looking for higher and higher peaks elsewhere.

But revisiting this one.... wow, their energy is just crackling. One of those shows where you can clearly feel that they're glowing with enthusiasm. This isn't about any deep experiments or good beats you can dance too.... it's about just letting it rip on a remarkable catalog of material. Jim, Foam, Split!, Mike throwing killer fills into PYITE and Sample (zesty early version), and the kind of blistering Bowie that was basically extinct a couple of years later.

This one's in the mold of some of my underrated 94 favorites: 4/10/94, 5/8/94, 5/13/94, 6/21/94 . In the box barn-burners.... I love 'em even if others write them off as vanilla.
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