, attached to 1990-01-20

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill The other reviewer on here did a great job, so I can be brief… This was a nice average show for 1990 and the first time they played at Webster Hall. Paul definitely took a while to get the room dialed in and the feedback gremlins plagued the monitors at times. The recording has that “college gymnasium” sound to it, very boomy in the low end, and lots of reverb. Anyway, to the music…

Funny Carolina opener gets the vocal mix set and then into a rocking Sloth, which was a little rusty in parts, but good overall. Paul fixes the sound at this point and rings out the room while we check out Page's new hair cut. Gin was good, very fast paced. YEM had a few rough spots and the recording I heard was cut at the peak! Booo…. Feedback still plagues the sound. Coil had a few off spots, but it’s new. I like the addition of Caravan to the set list, but this one seemed a little too loose, like they fell off the progression at times. Lizards was good, with a few off spots. Antelope was a nice closer, though a little loose in the intro section. Good first set overall.

I like Trey’s announcements before second set. Pretty solid Oh Kee Pa > Suzy opener, though it’s not the same with out Fish’s screams for me. The very first Bouncing was rough in parts, but not too bad. Reba was good, the recording had a cut in the middle and Tela came off as weak and a bit rusty after that. LaGrange and Lawn Boy were both solid and well played. Esther was off in a few parts and seemed very rushed by Page. Mike’s rocked, but had a rough transition into an average Hydrogen, which was also very rushed. Weekapaug was off tonight, in my opinion. I don’t know if it was just a long night or what, but they just didn’t seem to be all together. Pretty good second set, though a bit rusty on some songs and the new ones needed to tighten up.

Hood was a bit sloppy and tired too, maybe just a little rusty from not playing it a lot?

I agree with the other reviewer, there isn’t enough wow factor or tightness in the music tonight to get to a full four stars, so I’ve got to give this one three stars.


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