Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:01 pm Post subject: 6/9/93 - A Night at the Palace
In an effort to keep the "Yo Vinny" thread alive, I’m going to review another one of the good shows that I saw, and this is certainly one of the better ones. This show has excellent versions of Bertha, China -> Rider, Terrapin and Wharf Rat, and pretty much rocks the whole way through.
By ’93 I’d girded myself for disappointment before every show. “What if they bust out another lame Vince tune?” “They better not play Victim again.” That kind of thing. So imagine my surprise at getting this treat. New tunes and all.
Two things stand out. Jerry is playing guitar very well. His clear channel sounds really crisp, and you can hear exactly how precise his playing still is. The other X-factor is actually Vince, who is starting to blend in with the band much better by ’93. People who complain about Vince are mostly listening to the Hornsby period, where Vince was relegated to relatively annoying keyboard sounds. With the full range, including piano and organ, Vince sounds pretty sweet on this recording.
So here goes…
Help - Jerry’s vocals are a little muffled at first, but the mix improves a bit as the song goes on. Nice jamming here. Nothing amazing. Good pace. It’ll be a nice Franklin’s.
Slipknot –Garcia stretches out his chops a bit more, slipping and grinding his way through loops upon loops of transitional goodness. Pretty smooth transition to Frank’s, one little goof, but Jerry’s pretty much on target.
Franklin’s – The money track. It’s a great first set now. A bouncy, energetic version. Jerry belts out the vocals, and there is some inspired jamming here. Really picks up a head of steam at about 3:30 mins. I love the more acoustic sound they were going for in this period, particularly Jerry and Vince. Some people missed Hornsby during this period, but I think his absence forced Jerry to step up a bit more. And man, when he was on, he was on.
Rooster – Cool it down now and pull out the slides. I like Bob’s first set blues standards. I don’t care what anyone says. Hey, at least it’s not Easy Answers. The boys each step up and take their solos. I appreciate how freaky Bob’s slide solos are on this tune. Some nice fanning action from Jer.
Loose Lucy – A real good time. The boys keeping it bluesy. I love how Vince sounds! This is a fun first set! I’m sure there are better versions of this song, but this one is solid.
Easy Answers – Uh oh.. Save me Jerry! Actually, this isn’t such a bad song. Kind of fits into the buzz kill category along with Victim and Day Job, but it’s actually a decent jam. And Jerry does indeed step up, kicking out some nice jams to keep the set moving along.
Bertha – Has to be one of the best from this period. Played nice and fast, with a great crescendo. Listen to Vince! To Jerry! Shit, this sounds like '71! One of my favorite Berthas EVER.
China -> Rider – Very tight, very energetic with inspired Jerry jams leading the way. Also one of my favorite latter-day versions. Jerry is a machine tonight. Listen to the jamming about 4 mins into Know u Rider. Wow.
Women R Smarter – Pretty fun. Like the entire show, festooned with nice Jerry jams. Bob screws up and sings an extra verse or something at the end.
Wave 2 the Wind – I don’t really dig this tune, but for a Phil song, it ain’t bad. I hear shades of Unbroken Chain at times during the jammy part. It is what it is. A nice groove and sweet licks from Jerry.
Terrapin – Here’s the main course. One of my favorite 90s Terrapins after 9/8/90. I understand there were many great ones in 93. Some busted lyrics, but the 5+ minute jam into drums is just gorgeous. It feels like you’re setting off on a caravan with Jerry on the lead camel. He really did seem to rediscover this song and jam in 1993.
Drums/Space – Very trippy drums, with lots of bells and left/right channel shifting. Very cool with headphones on especially. Space is all over the place.
Miracle – Not a big fan, but this is a hot version. Picks up on the bluesy tip of this show. It makes such a difference when Jerry gives a shit. Bob’s starting to sound a little horse. Really picks up steam when they start repeating the refrain. Enter Jerry’s concluding jamming..
Wharf Rat – I can’t really say enough about this Wharf Rat. Most of it is simply good, but the jamming near the end (around 7:00-8:00 mins) simply needs to be heard to be believed. I don’t recall many versions where Jerry jams with such enthusiasm for Wharf Rat. Unreal. Gives me goose bumps every time I hear it.
Around and Around – Pretty nice. Good rock and roll. The boys do not let up.
Encore: Liberty – Seems like most folks don’t really like this song. I do. Kind of reminds me of Deep Elem Blues a little. Like the lyrics too.
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