, attached to 2012-08-25

Review by CaptainYuk

CaptainYuk (Day 2: Random Setlist a Day Challenge. I will be listening to and reviewing a Random Setlist a day for as long as I possible can. Hopefully my review can be helpful to you. If not, oh well...)
*Please note: I was not present for this show. My review is based on the SBD recording of this show.

This show seemed to be one where the boys were enjoying themselves. As stated by Mike at the end of the show, they really like playing this venue.

Set I: The classic Cars Trucks Buses opener sets the tone for this set. Throughout the boys are playing tight. Some sets get loose, some get tight; this set falls into the latter camp. Nothing incredibly special, but an absolutely solid set. This Alaska was actually pretty solid, and the Maze, Roses are Free and Number Line appears to be the peak of the set. Compact, concise and blazing solos from Trey fill the jam sections of these songs. Type I abounds.

Set II: The boys seem to veer off from the Type I- Greatest Hits Fest that was the first set. Here we see more Type II spaciness (ever-prevalent in the KDF>Golden Age>Free>Light sequence). In this set the jams get some legs, but nothing too epic. The real interesting part of this set are all the segues. Most of them are brilliant and show that a good segue can be as interesting as one long jam. Antelope is a scorcher, as usual, but I felt a little let down by the A Day in the Life encore. A good denouement, I suppose. Just a bit too calm after all the spaciness and the Wading in the Velvet Sea and Joy sandwich towards the end of the set.

Overall, a solid but fairly average show with occasional flashes of brilliance. The contrast between Set I & II is what stands out most here. Nothing to write home about, but I would not deter anyone who would want to listen to this set.

3/5 Stars


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