, attached to 1993-02-04

Review by Penn42

Penn42 **This is my second of (hopefully) 71 reviews as I listen to the entire winter/spring '93 tour.**

Overall this show is more or less (mostly less, really) on-par with last night's show. I'd maybe rate it a bit lower because there are a couple significant flubs, there's no big centerpiece jam like last night's YEM > Lifeboy, and it doesn't feel super homogenous. Individually, most songs are played well, but they don't fit together to make a spectacular whole. You know how some sets really come together despite no particularly outstanding tracks? These sets don't really have that.

Not all is lost, though. The highlights of set uno include a Stash that briefly gets freaky, Fast Enough For You because it's Fast Enough For You (what a great song, that's all I've got to say), and a really raging Antelope closer. This 'Lope is good. Page gets to shine for a while and it peaks well. The debut of Sample In A Jar is marred by a big flub late in the tune. But we'll let it slide since it's surrounded by solid renditions of The Lizards and Glide.

Slot dos of set dos boasts the dos performance of The Wedge. This early arrangement of The Wedge doesn't completely work. Some of the transitions are weird and it never really gels because of it. The skeleton of a fun song is there but it needs a little more work. I'll hazard that the band felt similarly considering it was soon shelved to only reappear once it found itself some new skin in '95. TMWSIY > Avenu Malkenu > TMWSIY as the meat of Mike's Groove is refreshing. Those song pairings work nicely together. Despite Roses Are Free debuting nearly five years later, the Push th' Little Daisies quotes at the end of this Weekapaug show they were Ween fans far before 12.11.97. It's funny to think that at this point none of them had even heard Roses (it would be released as part of the album Chocolate and Cheese in '94) yet it's the song that made it into their repertoire. Now, I'm no expert on the song, but this is probably the best Lengthwise ever. It includes full band accompaniment behind Fish. Harry Hood is a little messy, but the jam builds nicely.

I wouldn't feel too bad about skipping this show if you haven't heard it. None if it is bad, per se, but when taken as a whole, there's not much you're missing. There are many better constructed shows out there. Last night's for example. If you're looking for the single song highlight, check out the Antelope.


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