Celebrating the anniversary of this fall 97 highlight with my first listen to this show. Way late to the party here, but I never cared to get around to it until today.
Before I comment on the show, I gotta say I love this aud. No talkers. Sounds like a room full of people who are there to listen to the music. Page is nice and loud, as is Trey, as is Mike. This taper sounds like he was at the foot of each musician at the same time. It was prime, wherever he was.
The boys get started right away with a very impressive Bag->Psycho Killer->JJLC. Trey’s vocals are less than perfect on Psycho Killer, but the crowd eats it up, and I do to. I love the reaction from the crowd once Psycho Killer begins proper. Trey gets a for trying his best on the “OOOOOOHOHOOOOOH!” JJLC has really locked in jamming during Page’s solo, and Trey builds his with slow, minimalist blues leads, featuring those Trey style bends for tension.
It’s Ice->Swept->Steep->It’s Ice is a melodic, fluorescent passage of music. The very short space between It’s Ice and Swept Away has some beautiful lines from Trey. Perfect execution of Swept->Steep.
The Tube->Slave closer is a real treat. Page is all over the Tube Jam. First on the clav, then he really gets down with some jazz/funk organ work. They fall into a breakdown, hanging on Page’s one organ note. Stop/start breakdowns are the theme here. First on FIshman’s mark, then on Trey’s. The way Trey and Page hint at Slave in short flourishes, rather than an outright segue to makes this unique.
Slave…it speaks for itself. Enormous, wall of notes peak. And that’s just the first set…