Joined: 23 Jun 2008 Posts: 10252 Location: Davy Jones' Locker
Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:43 am Post subject: 09-02-80 Rochester, NY
Community War Memorial Auditorium
9/2/80 - Tuesday
New Minglewood Blues [7:02]; Sugaree [13:28] >El Paso [4:09]; Friend Of The Devil [9:28]; It's All Over Now [8:32]; China Cat Sunflower [6:00] >I Know You Rider [6:15] >Lost Sailor [6:32] >
Saint Of Circumstance [6:13] >Don't Ease Me In [3:06]
Althea [9:33]; C C Rider [7:02]; Ship Of Fools [7:45]; Estimated Prophet [11:47] >Terrapin Station [12:50] >Playing In The Band [10:44] >Drums [3:40#] >Space [7:51] >Iko Iko [7:36] >Morning Dew [10:53] >Sugar Magnolia [8:43]
Encore: Alabama Getaway [5:03]
Minglewood starts off with some SQ issues, typical. The matrix format I am listening to helps that at least. This is a pre-re-arrangement Minglewood, so no culmination jam most likely. Jerome nails his solo, as the SQ is finally appearing to get better. Phil is loud... may turn him down a bit.
Sugaree, Swami enjoyed the opening notes a lot. I kind of missed them. It's a slow one, but the drummers are coherently playing behind Jerry's weaving. Jerry is clear and taking his time. Shortly after the 5 minute mark Brent starts making hay, and at 6 minutes he and Jerry play off each other as they so often did. The last solo is a ramen packet full of noodles by Jerry. Around 10 minutes in Jerry really starts pushing the band, and by 11, X factor full of fanning. This may change the momentum of the entire show, let's hope!
This goes right into El Paso, always a favorite of mine. Bob pushes into it. It allows Jerry the opportunity to continue dabbling in noodles, though dabbling hardly does justice to the last song's effort. Good energy is picked up here too, as the drummers seem to be into it. Lots of high hats going off.
Friend of the Devil is next, with barely any gap. It's a nice effort, but kind of brought the energy back down. Let's see how the solos go... Brent kills his, but energy is still not where I want it, even if drummers are there. He puts some funky noise to it... and Jerry works with him, then slips right back into regular sound. Jerry brings in a nice solo, that builds and builds with noodles on top of noodles all the way up. Nice crash down.
All Over Now was an apt choice by Bob to get the energy up. Brent starts off with some nice notes. Either they sucked, or the SQ had issues again, I'm going with the latter. Whatever the case, it starts slow, and then gets better... the theme of the show thus far. It even gets fun, as the song should be... not a deep track after all. SQ changes are common in this track.
The rest of the set is a sequence of segues and transitions, I'm excited... China>Rider is a great way to get into that. The transition into Rider is where the meat starts. I think this is what pushes me to enjoy Rider more, because it rides on that energy. Swami pointed out, correctly, that Phil really gets in a zone during this combo. Where we want him. They nail the Northbound Train portion and we have lift off! Jer tears into his solo, noodles abound! The ensuing jam features energy, high notes, noodling, you name it.
On the tail of that combo, we get another doozy combo, Sailor>Saint. Some weird feedback occurs, but Jerry and Bob have great tones going. I believe the feedback was from Phil... it'll get sorted. Will we get the amazing build up into Saint that I covet? I feel it coming... No rant, as Swami pointed out that didn't really start until 82. I'm not so certain. As Bob belts out the words, Jerry starts noodling more intently, we are getting a taste. And then, NO. They stop, and then start Saint. Jeez. I, after all, am not clairvoyant swami, that's Johnny Carson our own guy. I brush aside my upset feelings when they hit the bridge... The chorus is also fun, after a very intense build up and crash down leading into it! X factor again.
Don't Ease is the set closer, energy levels are where we want them, firmly. Will it continue in the 2nd???
Althea starts off the 2nd, not my go to for this slot. Strong opening to the opener... a can of whoop ass? As Swami pointed out, a good vibe. Still a lot of question marks. I always wonder... what are they on this night? What are the influences? Were there sober shows? This is again Jerry picking a slow song, playing it well, but will it deliver? It's slow, but Jerry is on, so, what do you do with that?
CC... I've always been a huge critic of this song. I don't think it's even fair for me to go on in this review about this.
Can Ship saves us from the scuttling that just took place? More questions? Too many questions. I like shows without such questions. It sounds right to me, love this. The theme song of the Pub (even though it is named Lost Sailor Pub, this was always the idea... it's the same damn boat people). Not a lot of comments here, this is virtually a flawless Ship... no X factor, just something sweet. It would have been a nice break between amazing songs... but at least it leads into an amazing song.
Estimated Profits. This song... it's a Jerry and Brent showcase really, in general, and this is no exception. Brent hits the tingles, while Jerry wahs his way into your brain. The Ship greased the axle, and now Jerry is driving! We get some serious X factor here again! Starting at 8 minutes in we get a perfect solo from Brent while Jer wahs behind him, and Bob fills when Jerry joins Brent in the solo... X is coming again. Then Jerry takes over... As Jerry BLENDS his noodles, they then transition...
Terrapin, man, it is looking good. This set actually started with Ship, as far as I'm concerned. All questions are no gone. This sequence, starting from Ship, amazing. Lady with a fan is flawless, everyone has settled in and knows when to push and when to pull. The Lady Jam is floating on clouds. The transition into TS proper, perfection. This is a hidden gem of a Terrapin. X factor you would not normally suspect! Just do yourself a favor and listen to it. Phil is bombing... varying from smart bombs to carpet bombs... drummers on point, everything works. For an early Terrapin, this is top notch! I can't say enough. If you neglect this, you lose.
Playing in the Band! Tempo is off the hook. They are in full form now, this is the stuff we come for... the shows we search out. It was rough at points, but if you were at this, you were HAPPY. As they head into the jam, my face is spaced... I can't believe what has been going down in the last 20 minutes. These jams are right where we want them to be. Phil seems to be enjoying what the other guys are doing, if I must comment somewhere negatively. Bob, Brent and Jerry... wow... drummers are dancing with them. Jerry, of course, is driving the train... he just keeps plying into new levels of amazing. A minor misstep here or there, but man.
Drums>Space Aiko has happened before in this year I believe... generally not a go to, overall. The lead in was very NFA at points. Tempo too slow for me. Nice Brent work though.
Dew starts off solid. Hoping to get back to where we were. Wow, this is well played. This was the first song I learned on guitar, and I still know it (it's easy to learn, but this mastery...). Serious noodling goes down again. The drummers and Jerry push this into X, despite Phil being weird. Fanning ensues. Nice crash down! Doesn't matter.
Which is typically what I think of songs after Dew hahahaha...
Joined: 27 Jun 2008 Posts: 1801 Location: Atlantic Beach, FL
Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:47 pm Post subject:
Very good show. Most seem to love the Space-Iko-Dew, but for the me the best sequence is easily the pre-drums Prophet-Station-Playin. Heavyweight trio there. China-Rider in mid first set very nice, and into Sailor made you feel like Set 2 had arrived early.
_________________ Even the blind man knows when the rain is falling.
It is sad when I am the one pointing out Fleetwood Mac....
I remember being rather out of it one night in this crazy party and this girl put the song on and I was flabbergasted to think Fleetwood Mac would create a song that I would love forever. Then again, I am not sure if it was Mac that made me remember them or the girl that played it.
Here is the cover art I made for this show. The old guy is Picasso which I thought was uber excellent.
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