, attached to 1990-05-15

Review by TheEmu

TheEmu OK, tale of two sets here. Set I is, for the most part, pretty average, although there is a pretty hot and interesting Alumni Blues with a kind of groove I'd not heard before. The sound quality kind of goes back and forth, from crispy souboard to muffled soundboard, starting with Reba (which wasn't very good). SOAMelt is also kind of terrible, IMO, with an atonal slop jam that didn't trip my trigger at all. There are also some cuts here and there, such as in Uncle Pen. So, not a great first set, not horrible bad, heading for two stars, I thought.

Set II is one of the more odd sets I've heard. It sounds to me like Page is playing the set with a Casio or some sort of cheap synthisizer. It's really bizarre, with all kinds of weird effects: whistles, bell sounds, harmonica sounds, and other 50's Sci-Fi B-movie effects. There are no notes with the show to indicate Page was using a different instrument, so I'm not sure what the deal was. Sometimes it does sound more like typical electric-keyboard Page, but other times...just weird. I really have a hard time gauging what I think of the jams, as they sounded so odd to me with these effects. I can tell you that there is a cool little bass and drum segment that leads into Tweezer, and I thought that most of the jams sounded fairly average to me...with the exception of Page. Maybe someone can shed some light on this set later. I think I'm gonna rate this as 3 stars, bumping it back up from a two-star first set, just based on how odd it struck me.


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