, attached to 1999-07-10

Review by pmc2kd

pmc2kd I've listened to this show countless times (and not just for the CDT) so time for a quick review.

Wilson is a good opener for my money. Always has nice energy. I like this version (and other '99 versions) as Trey makes great use of the reverse effect on his leads. It always sounds cool. Nothing overly notable beyond that.

Chalkdust Torture is up second and in a surprise move gets an absolutely epic jam tacked onto it. They sort of toy with the CDT theme for a bit then deviate completely into this soaring upbeat jam with Trey hitting the perfect peaks with that '99 soaring effect. (using the Digitech Whammy II for those notes?). The jam then goes rythmic with a cool ending section that has a very nifty little -> Roggae. It's well know that the CDT is one of Trey's personal favorite jams - and who can blame him!

Roggae is also a nice version and has a unique feel. Give me a 3.0 Roggae any-day, but this is a good version.

Water in the Sky gets unique treatment as well with some nice unique guitar playing.

Back at the Chicken Shack is fun here.

Sparkle keeps the smiles coming.

Bathtub Gin is really strong. It's not the absolute longest version, but it's got two great jams in the type I segment then a really cool ending jam segment that deviates significantly from song structure. Very good version.

Golgi closes out a truly great first set in nice fashion.

Overall, I wish they played first sets like this today (complaining I know...). This is just a very good set. The CDT is a best of all time version and the Gin is certainly no slouch. Mix in some cool songs and well played versions of Roggae & Water in the Sky and you've got a winner folks.

The second set gets some hate and I can understand why the Tweezer might not be everyone's favorite. That said I think it's awesome!

So they open up with a very slow Tweezer. It's plodding and ethereal with plenty of space and looping. To me it paints an amazing soundscape to just crawl into and enjoy. It's a very slow groove, but very beautiful to my ears. It's about 20 minutes long so maybe the lack of urgency docks some points, but if you like '99 space, you'll love this.

->Mountains in the Mist is absolutely perfect. It's a beautiful segue into what I consider a beautiful song. Great pairing.

BOAF is up next and like many '99 versions it soars to a great extended jam. In fact this version reprises the CDT from set I and is really an inspired bit of improv. It then goes to a funkier realm out of the soaring peak and lands in Circus.

Circus is a second breather, maybe a bit odd from a pacing standpoint to go slow again. That said, I am fond of the cover.

Fluffhead closes the show out in an atypical second set closing role. It works well here (as it did night 2 of BGCA 2016). This version isn't perfect and has some sloppier and slower moments. That said there's a nice jam that's a bit more extended than usual and is ultimately very satisfying.

The encore is straight-up, but good. While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Tweeprize are good closers.

Overall it's a great show. The second set is not likely to be everyone's cup of tea, but I think it's dynamite. Definitely come for the CDT, Gin, Tweezer (but mentally prepare yourself for a slow version), and BOAF.



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