, attached to 1998-11-11

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads I rated this show 4 out of 5 stars. It's kind of under the radar, but it's been commemorated in From the Archives (Halley's Comet) or Live Bait, I can't remember which. Gumbo moves from its standard funk into two segments: what I'm maintaining is a "proto-bliss jam," and then the then-frequent ambient space that appeared so often in 1998. Call Me If You Need a Fool is one of the bluegrass tunes that I would very much like to resurface, particularly in light of this version, wherein Trey miffs the lyrics a few times. I find this show's Tela to be a very good exemplar of that song, so much so that it kind of converted me to phandom of Tela, whereas before I had been somewhat indifferent towards the stalwart Gamehendge tune. Finally from the first set, I feel like the Julius should be Jamcharted. Halley's Comet is the aforementioned archival jam, and it stays mostly "shreddy" throughout, though it modulates (> Simple.) The Limb by Limb melts away at one point into a kind of virtual Page-and-Trey duet, which Page very much leading the ensemble... it's a very pretty version. Finally from the second set, Ghost does indeed (as @n00b100 points out in his review) recall the fabled 7/6/98 version, but it doesn't quite scale the heights that way. It's a bit more subdued and less peaky. Funky Bitch as the show-closing song in the encore features some phun audience clapping. This show is well worthy of archival release, in my opinion, and not just because of the marquee jam in Halley's Comet.


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