, attached to 1996-11-15

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Wilson: Nothing out of the ordinary – just a good solid opener that rocks hard >

Divided Sky: This is a very good version.

Bouncing Around the Room: Standard.

Character Zero: Intro from Trey/Mike is sloppy. Other than that, this one is run of the mill.

Punch You in the Eye: Solid. >

Prince Caspian: Pretty good jam for the time period.

Ginseng Sullivan: Slight difficulty for Trey in the intro. This whole version seems slightly off, kind of tentative. Could just be me.

Train Song: Standard.

Chalk Dust Torture: Well placed, time to breathe a little life back into this set. This one has a little darkness and tension to it in the mid 3’s – eventually breaking back into it’s typical celebratory nature at 4:16 but even then Trey is sticking with minor chords (I think? I am no musician). Big peak at 5:20. Cool version.

Taste: Solid jam but nothing out of the ordinary. >

Cavern: Nailed.

SET 2: Makisupa Policeman: Woke up in the morning, stink kind. All those 96 effects are on in display in the mid two’s and moving forward. Love the effects that take us through the end and into… ->

Maze: Trey does a great job of pushing Page hard during Page’s solo. Tons of tension created and stacked. Great, searing lick at 8:21. Sick, sick release at 9:50. Great Maze, Fall 96 is where it’s at with this tune.

McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters: Page really kills it on the baby grand. >

Split Open and Melt: Things get a little weird in the mid six-minute range but just briefly. Slightly dissonant there momentarily. From here this does build pretty well into a good amount of tension with a good release.

The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday: Second and last version played on the tour. It’s beautiful. >

Avenu Malkenu: Standard.

My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own: Standard. >

Mike's Song: Huge crowd cheer/swell at 0:29, anyone in attendance that can recall what this was all about Just specifically cheering for the tramps section? Crowd is super engaged at 2:37. Post tramps segment at 5:01. Things are getting relatively funky in the mid six-minute range and Mike hits the fight bell at 6:33, band is feeling it! Crowd is trying to clap along or trying to (I see the Chicago folks made the drive down…lol). 8 minutes in Trey rallies the troops and we move from funky town into raging territory. In the late tens, Trey is wailing as is Page. Wow, this is awesome!. There are about 40 seconds or so of chaos and effects as this one winds down. That was a killer version!!!

Sleeping Monkey: Bands stamp of approval. >

Mean Mr. Mustard: Tonight’s show brought to you by the letter M and the number 420. Trey thanks Mimi. Crowd sees Popper coming out and goes nuts, DIRTY OLD MAN. >

Weekapaug Groove: I will be that buzz kill guy. This was not great. It’s just Popper playing a million ‘notes’ on his harmonica. 4 minutes and dunzo. “John Popper thank you very much” Trey

ENCORE: Funky Bitch: Now this was more entertaining than Weekapaug. It was cohesive and fun.

Summary: Divided, CDT, Maze and Mike’s have replay value. I feel like the rating in the almost 4.3 range is too strong. I would be much lower than that in the 4.0 out of 5 area. Set one is fairly tame. Set two definitely ramps it up a good bit. The Popper guest spot is fun but leads to higher rankings than this show deserves. IMHO. Funky Bitch was fun, but that Weekapaug was very LOL.


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