The show opens with a tasty Jack Straw, setting the stage for a great evening. And with the Sugaree, deep and practically devout in its superlative pleading splendor, that follows, the band hits what is probably the highlight of the first set. But there are still other gems in the first half, including the Candyman and Loser. Jerry seems to be trying to make up for his ailing voice with the hottest licks imaginable. The second set starts out with a sharp Miracle with an excellent Good Lovin’ following on its heels. But it is after FOTD that the boys really start firing with a stratospheric Estimated. Bobby’s vocals are crystal clear, Jerry is masterful on the guitar, and the band gets into some crazy, ascendant jamming. Afterwards, the band unleashes an epic, funked-up, disco-strong Shakedown. Phil carpet-bombs the tune, and Jerry pounds out the jam. And, oh man, the drums that come out next are so good. Hamza el Din joins the boys, always bringing out inventive playing from Mickey and Billy. From Drums itself, they go into Ollin Arageed, which, in its third stateside appearance here, hits its absolute apotheosis. Then, what has to be the dankest opening to Fire On The Mountain emerges as the drummers continue to hammer away, Phil joins in, and the rest of the band comes along. Once they get into the vocals, Jerry turns up the action even further, with Bobby trading licks with him just a moment later. The song is just transcendent. And from there, they ooze into a beautiful, rocking Sugar Mags.
Bertha Remaster of the PreFM Source (shn id 13948)
Digitally Remastered by firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed 3/3/2006.
The original source has a large amount of audio level compression applied. I searched for a source without compression but was unable to find one. I checked 5 different sources, including one on DAT that was obtained 14 years ago and it had the same compression signature. This means the audio level compression was applied a long time ago and all subsequent copies have been derived from that source.
The audio level compression was corrected to the extent possible.
There is an irritating 6khz noise that exists throughout the original source. This was removed on the Bertha Remaster making for a much more enjoyable listening experience.
The complete PreFM was used for the Bertha Remaster, which means the same defects, that exist in Me and My Uncle and Big Rivevr, remain.
Me And My Uncle ->
New Minglewood Blues
From The Heart Of Me
The Promised Land
I Need A Miracle ->
Friend Of The Devil
Estimated Prophet ->
Shakedown Street ->
Ollin Arrageed ->
Fire On The Mountain ->
Johnny B. Goode
Jay Ashley and Audio extraction through .flac compression performed by Gary Field
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