, attached to 1998-11-08

Review by ucpete

ucpete A fine but totally skip-able show from Fall '98. The opening Taste (as pointed out in the Jamming Chart entry) is quite tasty (sorry), with Trey hitting all his notes and the band coming out firing on all cylinders. Carini is strong, but short -- it wasn't till 3.0 that Carini was finally let loose. After a coupla bust-out covers, a Fee with a sweet harmonics-laden outro, another bust-out (Paul and Silas), a standard-but-nice Roggae, and a (fast) Water in the Sky, we get the first and only real exploration of the set in Stash. It's pretty much par for the course in this Stash, though there is some cool Fikus teasing (played the previous night) by Trey throughout. They close the set with Cavern, and while I'd generally say "Caverns gonna Cavern", Trey does use a pretty cool inverting effect throughout this one.

The second set starts out with just a standard CDT that doesn't explore too deeply, and with Meat to follow, I can imagine being a bit underwhelmed at this point. But Rock and Roll follows, and is a nice rendering of the tune (and the first time since its Halloween debut) -- though it's relatively short, it ends on a high note and opens up into the wobbly intro zone that usually leads to DWD or 2001. This time, they go for the former, and it's clear they're ready to do some damage in the 4th quarter. The DWD is relatively compact, but has some nice jamming within, and has the "this has all been wonderful" coda with DWD rage riff to close things down... or so we think. The typical finish to DWD gives way to a short interlude reminiscent of some of the stranger Wormtown-type jams heard on the European Summer Tour in 1997, before fading out completely, giving way to Piper. Piper is fine, and if this version were swapped into a 3.0 set, you would be none the wiser. Wading follows, and it seems to have a bit of extra emotion to it, before a standard-hot Antelope takes us into the final short break. Been Caught Stealing is a nice and well-played cover, and we've finished a fine but completely expendable show.

If you're only going to spend a half hour listening to this show, check out the Taste, the Fee outro, the Stash jam, and the DWD -> Jam (that's how I'd call it on the setlist). This show is probably a shade above 3-stars -- nothing terrible, but not many highlights relatively speaking.


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