, attached to 1998-10-29

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround Julius: A bit sloppy before the jam. Solid enough version and plenty of energy to open up the set, show, and tour.

Roggae: Nice and mellow, California vibe. Nice juxtaposition to what came before it and after it.

Llama: Trey has some nice sustain early on. This gets pretty gnarly with all kinds of crazy sounds coming out of Trey’s guitar. Early 90’s Llama aficionado’s might not like this one. I believe this is the first time Trey used the reverse reverb/delay effect?

Limb By Limb: Decent version with fun banter at the end. Trey eggs Fish on to do his amazing ending solo.

Driver: Acoustic. Funny banter about calling the song The Man Inside my Head or as Page wanted to call it The Man Inside my Little Head. LOL

Sleep: Acoustic. Love this tune.

Frankie Says: Wow, this set is very mellow at this point. Great tune – but the placement is not great.

Birds of a Feather: About as vanilla as they get.

McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters: This one gets very quiet and ambient. Page leads of course. At about 5:57 you could about hear a pin drop. This version fits the mood of most of this set. Very chill. Very laid back. It’s a good version but I would consider it a stand out. It is a jam chart version, but not a yellow version. >

Character Zero: Fishman seems to like this one as he let’s go of a bawdy yalp in the middle section. Trey is really working that reverse reverb/delay effect in this jam. For this reason alone you might want to check this out seeing as how – I think – this is basically the

SET 2: Possum: Ripping and running! Lots of fun here. Nice way to open the second set with a bunch of energy, crowd seems pretty into this one. >

The Moma Dance: Love the brief theme Trey catches around 3:10 and rides for about 20 seconds before the lyrics start. Other than that beforementioned theme, this version is pretty by the book. >

Reba: Fish is stellar on the wood blocks! This is the longest version they have ever played. Check out Trey at 9:45, it’s almost like he is playing bass. Very unique. Type II is realized around 11:20. Loops about 30 seconds later. Very ambient and chill. From here things get…psychedelic. Loops! Very, very moody at 15;15, it’s almost like there is an argument going on through the music with the band. Fish is aggressive on the cymbals like trying to move it forward and out of the current space. Trey fast strumming some pornofunk type stuff in the early 16’s. By the 17’s, things are feeling strange and uncomfortable. At home with a good set of headphones this is a bit hair raising, can’t imagine how odd this would have felt at the show. Quite sinister and dark. Here comes Trey’s reverse reverb at 18:18. Things are getting even weirder if that was even possible. This ramps up into an incredibly tense space. With 28 seconds left in this jam you can hear Trey start to angle for Walk Away. So sludgy going into WA, it’s GREAT ->

Walk Away: The jam kicks off and not long after here comes that reverse delay at 3:39, nice! This only last for a few seconds and then the jam goes back into regular WA territory but only momentarily. Just 30 seconds or so later it is totally going Type II. Almost a heavy metal jam. Definitely hard rocking. You can every so briefly hear Trey angle for Simple about 20 seconds beforehand. But, outside of that, you really cannot hear it coming. It is basically a slam segue ->

Simple: Will always wonder why they didn’t go for it here. >

Albuquerque: For the casual fan and observer – this might have just seemed like another cool cover. Looking back and for the insiders – this was a peak behind the curtain of the band’s mood and party appetites. Things were changing – and fast. When Trey hits that lick at 2:49, it’s enough to make your heart break into a million pieces.

David Bowie: That effect that hits at :39, oh man. That is the goods. This has such a jazzy feel in the early going parts of the jam. Almost like Dog Log around the late 8’s or early 9’s! This continues to evolve into something that is so cool but breaks back into typical Bowie territory around the early 10 minute mark. Worth checking out! For whatever reason Trey gets ants in his pants shortly after this and starts some high paced jamming. By the 12:30 mark though he is getting into the reverse delay stuff briefly. Based on Fishman’s playing around 13:25, they are heading for the wrap up. The run they take at the climax is unfortunately forced and inorganic. This is over at 15:35, don’t let the 18 minute timing fool you.


Something: Wow. Pretty cool. One of only four played, all on this tour.

Summary: Decent tour opener. Throw away first set. It was, you can admit it. Set two had much more to offer. That Reba is an easy all timer, so sick. Type II! Walk Away was nasty. But from there, not much to chew on. Would rate this as a 3.7/5. Current rating of 4.2/5 is a joke but with only 88 ratings the sample size is skewed.

Replay Value: Reba, Walk Away


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