, attached to 1996-12-06

Review by n00b100

n00b100 The long encore doesn't particularly light my candle (Harpua never has really done it for me - I wish I knew what to tell you); I bet it was awesome to watch live, but on tape I'm just waiting for Suspicious Minds and Suzie Q to take things out on a high note. Thankfully, the first two sets are awesome enough to make up for it. Set 1 has a really good 2001 that edges closer to the dance-floor monster of 97-00, a great YEM with a funky as hell B&D segment (as the jamming chart notes - I'd personally give this version the bold-font treatment myself), and a really smoking hot DWD, while Set 2 has my favorite and one of the best Mike's Grooves ever, including a top 3 Simple (it's this, 11/16/94, and Hampton 98 for me) that doesn't stray outside the song's usual melodic boundaries but still serves as one of the group's best "chill out with headphones on and your eyes closed while lying in bed in the dark" jams. I imagine the Claypool craziness and the Vegas experience helped get this show officially released, but the music makes a purchase totally worth it.


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