, attached to 2000-06-28

Review by Penn42

Penn42 This is a fun little show that doesn't really flow that well. I'm not one to be super picky about song placement, but a couple choices in this show rub me the wrong way. First, I think that If I Could is a really odd way to end the first set. A Golgi or Sample tacked on afterword would have made the first set so much better. Second, Hood in the second slot of set two? I'm sorry, but that just didn't do it for me.

Whatever merit those complaints might hold, however, is counteracted by several awesome jams. This is an all-time great Bathtub Gin. For me, it falls in fourth place, right behind Riverport, Went, and Paradiso 7.1.97. We've all got Fish to thank for it too. He falls into this great little disco-funk groove shortly after the jam starts, and the rest is history.

Aside from the Gin, which is undoubtedly the single greatest part of the show, there are well above average versions of Mike's Song and Taste to be had here. Mike's is dirty, really dirty. Shit's gross. And Taste seems to me to be much more patient than most versions. For my money, those are the top three songs of the show, though CDT, Disease, and Hood are all fine as well.

This show is far from all bad, but as a whole, it just doesn't make very much sense to me. There are plenty of shows with weird setlists that I think work, this just isn't one of them. The jams are great though, and I'm always open to Albuquerque, it's such a great song. If I could give half stars I'd give this show 3.5 stars... I'll be nice and bump it up to 4 since I can't.

P.S. I noticed while I was proof reading that, in the last paragraph, I used the phrase "if I could" colloquially. Kind of ironic, and completely unintentional.
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