, attached to 1993-02-20

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ In my opinion, N2 at the historic Roxy Run of '93 is the heavy hitter that merits the weekend's box collection status. Shows like these (full of diverging jamming, teases, and alternating between several songs) are probably the best upon first listen, as they drive a sort of "what'll they do next" anticipation. Nonetheless, a lot worth revisiting in here.

Setlist Thoughts
- fun Golgi opener into a Foam that lets Trey run around the playground. Not particularly noteworthy, imo, but expertly played as always in this era.
- Trey really milks out the solo section in Possum. He demonstrates some good restraint in the early section as the band keeps quiet for longer than normal. Slowly they pick things up and let the boy play. Some awesome motif development around 4:40 that launches into higher energy for the back half of the solo. Fish gets his work in
- Fishman really drives the energy on Divided Sky here. A lot of awesome fills
- Great performance on Fluffhead. Incredibly refreshing to hear Page on a real piano here in early 93.
- After Wilson, Reba revs the engine on this nuts 2nd set. Mike is particularly active as the band builds to an epic peak
- Trey takes a funky Low Rider Tweezer jam right into Walk Away and the band quickly picks up the pace to match. Then we head back to a slowly devolving Tweezer somewhat reminiscent of the studio track
- Glide kicks off a long line of dominoes that defines this show (and arguably the weekend). Trey has some fun ad libbing
- Mike's Song is fullll of melodic teases from Trey and weaves in and out of a lazy MMGAMOIO led by Mike. After a brief regrounding in the usual Mike's peak, I Am Hydrogen follows the detoured suit and includes Vibration of Life / Kung narration from the band, building tension around the normally untainted instrumental. Weekapaug picks up on the pattern and works in a double-timey Have Mercy chorus or two, as well as some KISS singing that get the whole band involved.
- Harry Hood is soulful as always. The jam remains in the calm area a bit more than it peaks, but this is a welcome digression.


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