, attached to 1991-05-12

Review by TheEmu

TheEmu The only word I can think of for the first set is "lackluster." The Chalkdust opener is fairly good, but from there it seems like there is a real lack of energy. Almost everything is executed well, with the possible exception of The Lizards, but there just isn't much oomph until the Foam and Jim that end the set, which have a little pep, even though the Jim is a typically short early version.

Now, The Truth is nice. Stash is so jazzy with the sax, and I don't think I've ever heard Destiny with sax, so that was also very cool. It would get cooler in set II.

I was hoping for more energy from the second set. Bowie started out again seeming to like much zip, but it built very, very nicely before blueballing me by just drifting into the end without a good release. The Bathtub Gin was nice to hear because, unlike the typical early deconstruction wanks, this was deconstruction with a purpose and was cool, albeit short. I thought the set started to pick up with Golgi, and Magilla with sax is always a welcome selection. And then, BAM, a tasty highlight! The Dude on vocals for Mike's Song is awesomely hilarious, there is a really nice F jam in Mike's, the casio keyboard in Hydrogen is quite entertaining, and you have a blistering Weekapaug as well. There's a pretty good Coil, and AC/DC Bag with sax is pretty darned good. Rocky Top get a little loosey-goosey, but once again, the sax solo is pretty sweet. The energy kind of runs out again by the time the Antelope runs around, but all in all, the meat of the second set really help boost this show, IMO. After the first set I was thinking two stars, but the second set is good enough IMO to just make it over the bar for 4. Barely, but I think it's there. Check out the Mike's Groove at least, it's pretty classic! And that's the Truth!


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