, attached to 1999-07-18

Review by desmondthefamilyberzerker

desmondthefamilyberzerker I've been to all Festivals from The Went on thru It.

This one and The IT Festival feel related in my memory . Musical cousins if you will. They both had incredible music peppered throughout, but both had some rough edges and a bit too much much of self indulgence by the band. I felt that this festival in general was not set up as well as the previous two. A feeling I'd also get at IT.

These gigs were crazy hot, and everyone and their mother seemed spun.

This show has a great second set highlighted by a stellar Jim->Free and a ripping Llama. This Jim actually has quite a bit of what we call "Whale Call" nowadays. Not used excessively, but it's there.

The Third Set has a Piper for the ages. The band should really give this version a spin. I think they'd agree that playing with the extended intro is something they should consider putting back into the arsenal.

The rest of the third set is a bunch of fun, but I wouldn't kill someone that wasn't there if they felt it wasn't required listening. The band was clearly spun but it didn't feel like they were completely gone.

But the unsung hero of this entire weekend to me, is the 1st set of this show. Great versions of Chalkdust, Gin, Reba are worth giving this set its due. No one version goes too far out there, but each one is definitely well above your average great version. Add to that the Del McCoury Band interlude (with a great BOTT) and this set is a smoker.

Great time in Oswego despite the ridiculously oppressive
conditions.


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