Set 1: Mulche's Odyssey, The Haunt > Sociable Jimmy, 40's Theme, The Pequod > Ahab > The Pequod, Señor Mouse, FF > Robot World > Black Water
Set 2: Much Obliged > Hajimemashite > Hurt Bird Bath, The Bottom Half > The Triple Wide > The Crooked One, Kat's Tune > ...And Justice for All
Encore: Front Porch > Norwegian Wood > Kashmir > Front Porch
Soundcheck: Mulche's Odyssey > The Haunt > The Pequod, Señor Mouse
Purchase via UMLive: 12.03.2004, Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
Reviews: 1 review(s)
I can't remember exactly when I first heard this show, but I believe it was my freshman year of college, so let's say early 2005. I had just heard about this Humphrey's band and was looking to check them out. Somehow, I came into possession of this gem of a live concert, and soon enough, I would have a new favorite band.
The first set is gold. A standard Mulche's opener led to an OG version Haunt, followed by one of my favorite Jazz Odyssey's. Patient jazzy 2004 UM at their best. Sociable and 40's are both standard versions, followed by the Pequod/Ahab sandwich, a simple composition but one that is among my favorites. A blazing Senor Mouse cover sets the tone for FF and the peaking jam out of it. The improv starts out a bit reminiscent of Fire on the Mountain, before evolving into a blistering peak much like the 2/21/2004 FF. Robot World and a tasty Black Water cover round out set 1.
The second set picks up where the first leaves off; luckily for the listener, we don't have to sit through the 1 hour fire marshall-induced set break like the show's attendees! The band came out with a vengeance, as Much Obliged gets some nice treatment before making way for Haji and a 20 minute version of HBB. Fairly ordinary versions of Bottom Half and Crooked One sandwich a briefly extended Triple Wide. The unique dichotomy of Kat's Tune and the Metallica cover round out the set; the 20 minute FP encore with a verse of Kashmir melded in is a great close to a classic setlist.
There have been shows with more improv, and higher quality improv, but the smattering of jams throughout, the excellent flow and song selection, and some tight-ass playing of the compositions make this show an all-timer for me. It definitely does not hurt that this was also my first introduction to the band, along with 2/7/2004.
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