, attached to 1993-02-18

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill For all you conspiracy theorists out there, this was the thirteenth show of the tour and bad luck was surely with them this night! This is the only show at the Electric Ballroom. It has some good songs, and then gets sloppier as it goes along, then has an abrupt ending. Lots of problems for Paul at the soundboard tonight. Good recording, what there is of it anyway.

Ok, first set opens up with a great Chalk Dust, I mean smoking and almost flawless. You can hear the delay on the vocals. That may have led to a brief spot of uncertainty from Fishman in an otherwise solid Guelah. A good Poor Heart also has a little extra tag at the end of Page's solo. Tweezer has a shaky intro, but is pretty good overall. Nice funk from Mike and quite a strange ending going into decent Foam. A few rough spots on this one. Sparkle was good. Trey blew the lyrics a little in Cavern, otherwise it was well played. Reba was ok, spotty in the middle and had a trill-tastic solo from Trey. It was a little different than your average Reba. Nice Lawn Boy with Trey taking the solo again. See I knew it wasn't that rare. Antelope has a very loose intro, but a great jam leading to the end. Mike also teases his It's Ice bass line again. Not too bad of a first set.

I had high hopes for the next Rift, but Fish's timing is still not locking in on this one yet. Stash started off ok, had a few rough spots, but a good jam. Trey retunes during the Lizards intro and this is a pretty good one. There was a massive glitch in the recording, sound problems already? Trey remarks "Should we do it?" before a really rough Punch. It’s still new and Mike is off and Trey blows more lyrics and actually apologizes during the song. Mike's was kind of sloppy just from general screwing around and the tramps I suppose. Hydro was rough. Weekapaug was rocking along with teases happening until the crackling of the soundboard intervened. The boys jam on for two more minutes then the recording cuts off and into the second verse of Mound. When the song ended they stopped to explain the fried soundboard. Paul? Chris?

Well, then the recording cuts off as Trey says they need it to be quiet so they can put their barbershop lessons to good use. This was the first Memories of the year. Too bad the taper didn't keep going. It would have been fun to hear the Rocky Top.

Again, I feel that this show is over rated so I'm only giving it two stars to bring the average down. Way too much sloppy playing to be anywhere near four stars.


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