, attached to 1999-10-07

Review by westbrook

westbrook I view the last four dates of the Fall Tour as a group of uneven shows without much flow, partially due to so many Farmhouse songs being shoehorned into the setlists. There are a few standout jams but there are also some jams that are just long. This show does a better job of sustaining momentum than 10/8 and 10/10 to be sure.

The first set is lengthy but holds together well as a whole with high points in Bowie and Fluffhead interspersed among standard first set fare. Bowie goes deep early and the Arrival in Fluffhead soars expectedly for a version from this period.

Some of that unevenness appears at the beginning of the second set where Tube is the only notable performance through the first four songs. It sounds like Trey and Fishman are wrestling over the tempo in Heavy Things as Trey sets his loop slower than the beat Fish comes in with, and then later in BOTT Fishman plays extra slowly to get back at Trey.

Mike's > McGrupp, Caspian > Golgi > Weekapaug is the surefire highlight. Even though Golgi is a bit superfluous, it's one of the few extended sequences from these shows that I return to for some uniquely '99 playing. The ambiance at the end of Mike's sounds close to a tease of the "pre-Nirvana" section of YEM.

Hydrogen's surprise placement in the encore is a treat to close the show.


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