, attached to 1997-12-28

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1:

Julius: Absolutely rips – awesome way to start this show! They really came out swinging! Would recommend.

Cities: Super funky and repetitive, Trey is all over the staccato throughout the composed and the jam. Would recommend as it is unique. >

The Curtain: Standard. Perfect placement. >

Sample in a Jar: Standard.

The Old Home Place: Standard. >

Runaway Jim: I am definitely a fan of this version. It holds this very steady Eddy sort of pace and then within a few minutes of it’s ending Trey hits up some loops and they take it to funky town and then into deep space. There is a lot to like about this and I would recommend it.

Farmhouse: Standard.

Funky Bitch: Standard.

Split Open and Melt: Standard.

Bouncing Around the Room: Standard.

Character Zero:

SET 2:

Axilla: Contained Axilla II ending. This one has a very cool ambient jam that eventually finds its way segueing into Simple. Would recommend! >

Simple: Not a big fan. Never seems to find its footing once it moves out of the typical serene section around 8 or 9 minutes. Its all over the place. I wonder if the feedback issue that they banter about after Simple is what caused this strange jam?

Banter: Funny stuff. Tech issues. Feedback issues. Ghost in the machine. Trey is funny.

Ghost: Similar to Simple in that it seems mostly aimless and without a rudder. >

Drowned: Very chill and deep, deep space. Tons of room in here and ambience. Would recommend. This would be good to put on at the end of a late night if you know what I mean. Good to come down to. Would recommend. >

Scent of a Mule: The Mule Duel contained a slow jam instead of the traditional duel. Roundabout by Yes at 5:40 – pretty cool. Like Drowned this has a deep space jam as well, not lengthy though like the one in Drowned.

Halley's Comet: Pedal to the medal for the most part, the last minute or so gets spacy as they try to figure out where to go next and eventually the melt into Slave. Would recommend this version. >

Slave to the Traffic Light: Little rusty in the beginning. But this one features a beautiful held note and then a spirited closing. It’s a strong version and I would recommend it. Very good but not quite great.

Rocky Top: Standard. >

Cavern: Standard.


Bold As Love: Smokes! Love this as an encore.

Summary: Long show, 3:11 in length. First set is pretty good with three highlights and plenty of desirable songs. Second set I pretty good too. That’s my takeaway on this show and the highlights – there are plenty of pretty good spots to revisit but nothing that will jump up and grab you. This seemed like a show where they needed to feel themselves out and try and regain the momentum from Fall tour. The current rating on .net is spot on 3.92/5 (150 ratings).

Replay Value: Julius, Cities, Runaway Jim, Axilla, Drowned, Halley's Comet, Slave to the Traffic Light


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