, attached to 2000-09-08

Review by The__Van

The__Van Off to a mostly good start!
Mellow Mood and LxL opener give a nice chill introduction to this tour. But they’re just a warmup to a very spirited early set 1 Ghost. Listening to this Ghost gave me flashbacks to the 6/28 Gin. Seriously great celebratory jamming, and as I said earlier in this thread, it’s not even listed on the jam charts! Bouncing up next is a fine cool down, but unfortunately the set whiffs a bit. Odd because it looks great paper, but the flow just isn’t there. Glide is the low point. Trey attempts many times to lock in with everyone but he can’t seem to find his footing. It’s bad. Axilla restores some momentum with a straight rocker... and surprise, surprise we see the return of the Axilla II psychedelic outro albeit without the “don’t shine that thing in my face” line. Taste gets us back to where we were with Ghost. Strong version right here. Definitely one of the stronger type I versions of Taste I’ve heard. You’d think that ugly Glide never happened at this point. Golgi ties up an alright set.

Birds starts off set 2 well enough with some good type I action. I can feel the push to hook in on something that would ascend into the clouds but it never materializes. Next up is Windora Bug and I’ll be honest, I don’t like this song. Bowie starts up with some spacey weirdness in the intro. The jam, while initially promising, results in a fairly standard version that is enjoyable but not very memorable. Back at the Chicken Shack provides some silliness at the start of quarter 4 of this show. The real star here is the Bathtub Gin > Jam. Gin picks up where Ghost left off with fun high energy licks and excited improv. While not as magnificent as 6/28, it gets the job done very well. As the final cymbal crashes of Gin fade away, a nice ambient jam emerges. But this shall be no ordinary ambient jam as Fish totes out the vacuum and Trey hops on the drums. The result is... interesting I’ll give it that. Zero brings set 2 to a close and Fire is a suitable encore.

Overall, a bit weird in spots but Ghost, Taste, and Gin > Jam are definitely worth revisiting.


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