Subject: *You Can Feel Good About Vega$ Hood*
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 1997 13:49:42 -0500 (EST)
From: Zach [...]
12/6/96 - The Aladdin - Las Vegas, NV I like this show
a lot, especially the Jam after Simple. The list of Mike's>Simple>Harry>Weekapaug
is practically out of one of my wet dreams, so I was oh-so-psyched to get
a good sounding DAud2 copy from Todd Zander. Unfortunately, I disgaree
with Charlie's opinion about this Harry, he called it *GORGEOUS*. But,
hey, isn't that what rmp is about? Voicing different opinions? Charlie
said that he wouldn't review the Harry, but maybe if I can piss him off
enough with my review, he will ;-) Anyone else who disagrees should feel
free to post their thoughts too... 0:00 - Upbeat opening, everyone participating.
0:25 - Nice descension from Trey. More fills from Trey in this intro. than
in most. Even a Spooky tease at about 0:57. 1:15 - Looong sustain from
Trey. 1:30 - Trey moves to his drumkit for a while, it sounds like he's
playing the chimes(?). 2:33 - Harry verse. Audience "Hood!" participation
in full effect. 3:00 - Composed section. 5:15 - Heavy metal Mr. Minor.
Thank you Mr. Hoooood... 6:03 - Jam segment. 6:25 - Some "floating" notes
from Trey. These are the notes that aren't really going anywhere, up or
down, he just sends them out toward the audience and lets them float around.
They inspire images of waves and clouds... and milk chocolate. Hmmmm....
7:40 - Now Trey starts to pick up the pace. Fish is grooving on the hi-hat.
8:45 - More floating. This time Page joins Trey with some floating notes
of his own. 9:40 - Fishman changes the jam's tone a bit by switching to
the snare. Trey adds some layers to his guitar sound, making it heavier.
10:45 - A short run and a mini-release. 11:10 - Hints of the ending theme,
but we know better... 11:55 - Another slight build and mini-release but
where's the *energy*?! I mean, Fish is banging away, but Trey and Page
aren't really jamming yet. 13:00 - A little tension building from Fish
on the toms. 13:25 - Release. No exclamation point deserved by this release,
but it kind of qualifies. No real build and no soaring. 14:00 - Ending
theme... drawn out... prolonged... I keep waiting for them to start singing...
14:50 - You can feel good... 15:10 - Where they USED to shout "I feel good!"
15:30 - Great segue into Weekapaug initiated by Fishman's drum beat change...
Total Time = 15:30 Grade: C. This is a typically good Harry, mainly
because of the mellow beauty of the jam section. However, where is the
f$%^#%$@$in' energy?! I mean, there's no tension building, no Medeski-esque
banging from Page, no soaring releases from Trey, certainly no "gear-shifts"....
IMHO, a Harry must have some of these elements in order to be classified
as above average. This version really doesn't get past the energy level
of the first four minutes of most of the other Harry's I've reviewed. Get
these tapes for the Mike's, the Simple>Jam, and the Weekapaug, but don't
expect too much from the Harry. Comments are welcome, just make sure to
CC me. Zach