, attached to 1990-05-10

Review by TheEmu

TheEmu Like most '90-'91 gigs, this one is solid through and through, well-played, but without a lot of exploratory jamming. I would have to say, though, that many tunes go a little above and beyond what I would normally classify as "solid." The first set is mostly of the average-solid variety, with the exception being a Divided Sky that brings the heat a little bit. The second gets off to a solid start with Funky Bitch, which is followed by a young Jim without much of a jam. But the Hood that's up next is really quite good, despite some flubbage in the composed sections, with beautiful work from Trey at the start of the jam and some wailing and flame-throwing toward the end. The Hood was probably the highlight, IMO, followed not too far behind by the Reba, which although just a little above average IMHO is nonetheless very strong for a 1990 version, and features some more excellent fire from Trey. AC/DC Bag also seemed like it was headed in the same direction, but the jam lost its footing towards the end and stumbled to the finish. GTBT, though short, serves as an excellent set-closer, and a Fishman Whipping Post is always a fun encore, especially when he ends with "Oh, Lord, I feel like a vacuum cleaner."

Probably this show deserves only three stars, but I really did enjoy the Hood and Reba, and I think it's really slightly above average. I tend to think of the star ratings in terms of how much time the show would have spent in my car's tape deck back in the old days, and this one would have had a few more spins than the average gig. So I'll be generous and say four stars here.

Happy Phishing!


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