, attached to 1997-07-30

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks If nothing else you absolutely must hear this Bowie > Cities > Bowie, which is one of the tastiest jams of summer '97: totally seamless segues back and forth between a beautifully detailed Bowie and a zippy stateside take on the Talking Heads cover. As for the rest of the show, if you're new to the band you might be surprised to hear how lean the Wolfman's > Chalkdust is (none of the clattering Rube Goldberg stuff of modern Wolfmen here). And when Trey flips on the Leslie during Stash you might think you've slipped naked into some unfathomable jazz ocean - it's a spectacular rendition of that never-fail improvisatory showcase. Excellent show, highly recommended.

(Sidebar: for a full-dress 1997 Cities, see 8/10 Deer Creek (24 minutes of open-field magic), 7/1 Amsterdam, or (in a different vein) the scorching 6/20 Prague jam. For a close cousin of the Bowie jam, try the 7/23 Ghost, the loopy 7/5 Twist, or the much darker-hued 11/23 Stash > NICU, just one of that classic show's daring jams.)


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