, attached to 1997-07-23

Review by art_vandelay

art_vandelay the boys ended the 1st set on a high note with a nice SOAM & a ripping "possum". during setbreak, i was filing out of the seating area & was surrounded by a relatively quiet group of folks.....i softly muttered "so, how 'bout that 'possum'?", and suddenly the group exploded in unison "hell, yeah!!!!" OK, so i DIDN'T imagine it after all...lol

the second set is beyond description. this version of "ghost" is essential listening for any self-respecting fan, period. they don't make 'em like this any more! they could've tanked the rest of the set & i still would've gotten my money's worth because of that "ghost"....but the fun was only beginning. the YEM played on this night is my favorite ever, if for no other reason than the "mule"-esque jam tacked onto it never fails to leave me in stitches. and this version of "chalkdust" is also unlike any other, alternating between quiet whispering during the verses (both lyrically AND musically) & slobberknocker guitar work during the instrumental parts. it wasn't the longest version of "chalkdust", but it definitely hammered its point home with authority. overall, one of my favorite sets to listen to.....


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