1987-10-10 (1st show), NYC, Lone Star Cafe
GimmeMT.com Review by GimmeMTguy
Long one of my favorite recordings to listen to all the way through, let's see how it stacks up -- at the end of reviewing them all in sequence -- against all the other shows of this particular formulation of the Mick Taylor Band.
This October Saturday night at the Lone Star Cafe will end up being the last two performances of the single-guitar MTB. Soon, Mick Taylor will add a second guitarist in his band for almost all of his future band shows in the decades to come.
Soon to be retired from the setlist, as the jazz-fusion centered era of the Mick Taylor band comes to a close, this version is as good a representation as any of MT's embodiment of a mid-1970s Jeff Beck creative vehicle.
A live-album worthy version -- all the best elements, without any excess or exuberant overkill. Mick Taylor as Jimi Hendrix the Bluesman.
A perfect first half, with a second half that only hints at the abyss, rather than perches dangerously on its precipice.
Blues in the Morning
Blind Willie McTell
Just relentless guitar playing, beautiful and classic.
Now I know why the play count of this over decades is so high -- there's no moment in this show where you want to hit skip. End of tour hot live playing, with polish. Could have been a live album.