, attached to 1987-05-11

Review by dr_strangelove

dr_strangelove A historically significant show with debuts of many loved tunes. Unfortunately, the recording I found was pretty awful and is missing a few songs (e.g., "Clod" and "Ya Mar" are missing from set I, and the encore is unavailable). However, despite the problems of technology, we thankfully still have some of this history preserved. The only other thing I'll note up top is that this is the first performance of "Lushington" without lyrics! No!! This marks the beginning of the end for this awesome song (although it remains at least somewhat intact as "The Chase" segment in modern versions of "Fluffhead"). Highlights:

1) YEM: The band really hits the groove on the jam of this YEM, getting slightly weird in a few spots but then coming back strong into the funk. It's soul warming and chill, just like an early May show should be.

2) TMWSIY > Avenu Malkenu > TMWSIY: First performance, and the beauty of TMWSIY already shines through. I think it will take a few more showings before the Avenu Malkenu segment really coheres

3) Makisupa Policeman: Dub space, really great zone to be mentally. Page uses some effects on these early versions that really allow the echoey space vibe to ring out.

4) Divided Sky: Another debut, and such a brief taste of Divided Sky that one aches for the now typical 10+ minute version complete with extended held note and ending peak. None of this is present yet, but the essential skeleton is here and for what it's worth, it sounds great

5) Harpua > Bundle of Joy > Harpua: Another significant debut, with a "Bundle of Joy" sandwich. No "Oom-pah-pah", but otherwise the intro of Harpua is the same as current versions. The second half of Harpua is where the composition gets a little different. It is basically a continuation of the first segment with an extended jam. I.e., there is no mention of "Jimmy" or "Poster Nutbag".


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