, attached to 1993-03-19

Review by TheEmu

TheEmu 3/19/93 - Wow, how fun (for me) to have just discovered this show today!

After the first set, I was thinking this show was heading for 3 stars. Pretty average-great, maybe a little sloppy in Stash, though there was a bit of a silent jam at one point. Well, that's the theme for the second set...shhhhh!

I see someone in a previous review mentioned that campus police or someone like that kept telling Paul to turn the volume down. This would explain all of the quiet jamming in Stash, Jim, Lizards and Weekapaug, as well Fish's apology to Paul during Love You.

There is almost nothing standard about this second set. Runaway Jim starts things off with a quiet jam and drifts off into some type II-ish spaciness.

It's Ice is just...well...freaky. There's an extended under-the-ice segment with a Rhapsody in Blue tease from Page, creepy vocals from Fishman and assorted weird noises, and more of said weirdness after the end of the song.

Uncle Pen has a lot of chatter from Mike and Fish, including shouts of "Hoedown!" and "Grab your partner!" Trey comments on the "fine dancing in the pit." This is followed by the 6th ever Sample, which seems to be at a tad slower tempo.

Even the damn Lizards is unusual! You can hear some weird whispering, and there's another quiet jam, plus other assorted weird stuff.

OK, so then you get the Mike's Groove. I think the Mike's is pretty uninteresting, and Hydrogen gets kind of sloppy. But the Weekapaug is really something to hear, and is the highlight of the show. Long version, LOTS of quiet jamming, great Page stuff, and the end turns into a vocal jam which then segues into HYHU. Really great 'Paug!

THEN, the Love You, with band intros, a suggestion by Fishman that they just throw Mike out in the crowd, and a really long vacuum solo which entices the whole damn crowd to start making wolf howls! Really amazing to hear, actually, one of the best vacuum performances I've heard, thanks to that crowd stuff.

On top of everything else, Trey asks everyone if they felt the earthquake, which I thought was another jab at Fishman but was, apparently, an actual earthquake!

Most of the way through the 2nd set I had bumped this up to a 4 star show, but then the Weekapaug with the Love You kicker just put it over the top. I've gotta go 5 stars for now, but that's after just one listen. You should hear the Weekapaug-> HYHU > Love You > HYHU, it's waaaay cool!


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