, attached to 1994-06-11

Review by dr_strangelove

dr_strangelove Everything in this show is played extremely well and with metric tons of energy. I will list a few highlights here, but this is a show that is worth listening to in its entirety because the band's execution on every song is phenomenal! Every song has some nuances in dynamics, rhythm, Mike's bass booming bass lines, Trey's inspired solos... If I had to say anything negative about this show, it would be that many of the jams don't go into Type II territory. However, this means that this Red Rocks outing showcases the pure ecstasy of Type I jams to the fullest degree. OK, enough pre-amble, here are my highlights:

1) YEM: Hot F***! The energy up to this point is soul electrifying! Mike is funky, plunky bass boom, Page is crystal clear jazzy baby grand, Fishman is tight and syncopated snaps and pops, and towards the end of the jam segment, Trey is face and mind mauling alike. Mike really shines in this jam (and throughout the show really). He will thump the eyeballs right out of any listener's funky little head. So phenomenal... This is a go-to example to show someone "How YEM is supposed to sound". Strap in for a high octane ride. Maybe wear some adult diapers. Also, the transition into "Rift" from the vocal jam is quite cool.

2) It's Ice: The funk breakdown here is just great

3) Stash: Soars and peaks galore. Great Type I version from a band playing in its prime

4) Run like an Antelope: Segues masterfully from a funky 2001 opener with thrilling and impressive delight. This antelope rages hard! The whole band is a freshly oiled engie, settling into some nice grooves with Trey and Mike meshing like PB & J (Trey = Jelly, Mike = peantu butter, obvs). Right before the "Aye aye rocco", Fishman picks up the beat and PB/J build to some insane frenetic energy. Incredible Type I Antelope.

5) Fluffhead: Worth the listen because of how well the band is playing. Mike is little bunny foo foo, bopping people on the head with those bass notes.

6) Split Open & Melt: The chaos and tension ins this version is wild. I love Mike's dissonant basslines that straddle a tightrope of melody while Trey's guitar effects grow on a razor's edge. Page also shines during some of the peaks, like a drowning man who briefly surfaces to gasp precious air before plunging back below the surface. Probably the closest to Type II the band gets in this show, its a sharp and stellar gut punch.

Again, listen to the whole show. I agree with others who say this is a perfect show to give a newbie to help them unravel the amazingness of this band.


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