, attached to 1991-12-06

Review by cjfphan21

cjfphan21 False start from Fish on Foam - someone forgot to turn on his snares. Cool vocal effects that I'm assuming must be effects and not just acoustics since this is a SBD and I've heard similar stuff for Foam, among others, around this time period. Everything here is good, though I have one complaint: Trey is way higher than everyone else in the mix (go figure), and it makes for an unbalanced sound. Reba A little sloppiness from Trey during the "chase" scene, but not too bad - I've definitely heard much worse. Jam isn't great and rather short, but it's about what I'd expect from a '91 first set second song Reba jam. Uncle Pen is good; solos are all pretty well played, though Page ends kind of awkwardly. Vocal effects are back in Coil, trippier this time. Short Page outro, I haven't heard any other Coil's from this age, but I'm guessing this is characteristic. Jazzin' it up with Magilla - the Chairman puts one down for you; still waiting for this bust out. This is a good Landlady, not the best, but good nonetheless. Guelah but no Asse. Something happens to Trey's guitar, but it leads to what is probably one of my favorite Trey banter lines now - "Cut it Fish, cut the shit". I Didn't Know a little fast - probably a representation of Trey's frustration/pissed-off-ness. Short vacuum solo, but good. Finish up and end set short.

It's Ice is a tad bit slow for my tastes, but it's decent. Pre tick-tock Ice as well? I didn't know those existed - different but not necessarily in a bad way. A nice little break with Eliza - what a bust out this would be for NYE run - I'm thinking early second set 12/30, maybe after a four-song rage-fest that opens the set, segued to an appropriate ballad. They pick up the pace again with Sparkle. This one gets up pretty close to the tempo I like but still not at the "reality melting" speed I look for (see 4/5/98). Early second set YEM - where I like it best. Apparently there's an alligator in the audience - strange, I wouldn't think you'd see many of those in VT. PAGE RAGE - I mean, he really gets down, pitch bending and all, but Trey doesn't carry over the momentum, which I find slightly disappointing, even though he picks it back up shortly after. However, a nice Oom Pa Pa signal kind of makes up for it. BnD is good, but not as exciting as some others. Short, just-okay vocal jam goes straight onto Horn. This is the first pre-baby grand Horn I've heard and I don't like it nearly as much, though that's not to say that I don't like it. Trey has a few bad notes at the die down in Divided Sky, and starts to again in the solo, but he saves it and even has a little help from Page - it leads to some more atonal stuff that is interesting when juxtaposed with the major mode. A lot of times Tela seems to me to be kind of hit or miss, and this one definitely hits. Followed up by...yeah, that's right, LLAMA RAGE. Fish lays it down in Whipping Post, as does Page, and this is probably some of the best drumming I've ever heard out of Trey. Interesting Possum intro with "Wait", kind of a mind-f*ck, then there's a cut and we never get to actually hear Possum, or maybe that's the point? Anyone care to explain? Short but good Lawn Boy with a nice little solo from Trey aka "Lawn Boy" (-Page) and right on to a rockin' Rocky Top to close out this show.

This was an okay show, despite the problems with Trey's guitar that caused Guelah and subsequently the first set to get cut short. I think it deserves somewhere around 2.6-2.9 stars (again, despite the first set troubles), so I'm gonna go on the higher end with this one and give it 3 and maybe other votes can balance us back down.


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