, attached to 1999-07-12

Review by ColForbin

ColForbin [I was looking back on some 1999 shows I attended but didn't remember much from, so I decided to give them a download and re-listen to figure out if they were any good.]

Foreplay/Long Time is an amazing way to start a show, and a nice nod to being back in Boston (well, the Boston area at least). This first (and at the time of this writing, only) electric version is played with tons of energy, and nearly flawlessly. Page on the keys in the Foreplay section is great. This bustout was my main memory from the show, and I and the rest of the crowd were going crazy. The band hops without a break from Long Time into an uptempo DWD. Cool jam that headed into a chill somewhat spacey section around 12 minutes in and finishes up with the main riff. Not bad for the second song at a show. BOTT has never been one of my favorite tunes, and kind of lumbers along for a few minutes. What's the use? is a great spacey anthem that was still fresh in the live department, having only debuted a week earlier. Melt has an excellent dark Type I jam. WITS and Zero are fairly standard Set I closers, with the exception of some fun introductions by Trey at the end of Zero.

A funky Twist starts off the second set, and the funk gets deeper with Moma. Makisupa code phrase is "Stink Kind," which gets a huge cheer (of course). Great bass solo by Mike. Fun funky start to Set 2. Things get serious with the start of Bowie. Really really cool quiet jam section in Bowie around 7 minutes in, with a surprisingly attentive crowd response, made all the more awesome as the song slowly builds back up in tempo and amplitude. Some really great stuff in this Bowie, not quite type II, but with multiple tension/release cycles. Lizards is a nice come down off the Bowie, but nothing special (beyond the inherent fun the song typically possesses). Guyute is always fun, a few flubs but overall pretty solid. Funny banter from Trey at the end of Guyute letting people know that the "G" in Mike Gordon is a soft G, and yelling "Air Jordan on bass." Rock and Roll is a great finale for the show, letting Trey get some final shredding in.

Overall a fun show, highlights being the only electric Foreplay/Long Time, the DWD and a really cool Bowie jam. Would give it 3.5 stars if I could, but I can't, so I'll round up to 4.


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