SET 1: Wilson > Run Like an Antelope, Golgi Apparatus > Back Porch Boogie Blues > Lushington -> Possum, Harry Hood, You Enjoy Myself, Alumni Blues
SET 2: Fire
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Review by SlavePhan
The only audio of this show is that which was also recorded at the same time as the video. It's unfortunate, because a few of the versions of these songs shine compared to other versions from '87.
Wilson features a long intro, but it is Antelope that is the early highlight. An 11-minute version, this building section features some serious dissonance by the whole band. A raucous screeching version, it's interesting to hear how loud the band could get and how they were intent on extending the song.
Very standard Golgi. Back Porch Boogie Blues, the Max Creek Cover, is next and it is a great take on the song, in what would build to be the best-ever 8/21/87 version. It has multiple breaks for Fish and ends nearly 3x faster than it started.
The Lushington here is, like the 5/11 version, essentially 'the Chase' and containing the 'Dog Log' bridge. Like 5/11, it moves into Possum quite well. Possum is short, but sweet. This version of Hood solidly establishes the band's parts in the song, and from this point on, the band plays all the composed parts more or less the same. Unfortunately, this tape cuts out the end of Hood.
Fish is still at this point trying to figure out how to deal with the first sections of YEM, but other than that, this YEM is strong for 87. Trey is the star of the day, and he even uses some wah for the ending jam. At a solid 15 minutes, this shows the band starting to inch outward.
Alumni Blues features some guests who were also playing that day. So as not to confuse them, there is no LTJP segment in the Alumni, although it is quite a fun, if chaotic, version.
Really, this show is much better viewed than heard, as the shots of a grungy and shaggy band are really funny to see. This would be the last show of the Spring 87 semester, and the band wouldn't get back together until August where they would play a run of shows that introduced a handful of some of Trey's best writing.
I see this show as the final notch in the band's 'very early days' period. After this show, the band would play nearly every week, and in 88, about 10 shows a month, until the Fall, before any substantial break. From then on, the band would play constantly with only 1 or 2 month breaks until 1993 when they would be off for 4 months and record 'Hoist' in the fall. From here on, the band practices much more and the gigs are playing much more professionally and the music (and recordings) seriously improve.