, attached to 1997-08-14

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks The first set is a well-constructed run of songs, but the Kesey visit is the big talking point here. Don't get too excited about the Hood > Jam > Forbin's setlist - the jam emerges from the closing chord of Hood, not the in-song improvisation. And the Pranksters rap isn't exactly gonna burn up your speakers either. It's about the moment, not the music; alas for the music. But the moment really is huge - two visions of the counterculture, one west-coast homegrown and defiantly political, one comparatively sanitized and decidedly northeastern in character, passing a torch in a field in western New York. Trey's post-Kesey snark and boisterous Camel Walk callout reclaim the moment for the postpunk generation, but for deep-sea improv you'll have to hear the Great Went instead - or even the inaugural Star Lake show from the night before, with its spectacular Gumbo and smoking Set II.


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