1987-12-12 (2nd show), NYC, Lone Star Cafe
GimmeMT.com Review by GimmeMTguy
Blind Willie McTell
The FIRST time something great comes together, it's really special. This is that Blind Willie McTell.
Fontayne has found his place and his fills are perfect and inspired. Mick Taylor comes up with the "Layla" tease for the first time -- which we all know is really Albert King's "As the Years Go Passing By" melody line -- "is there nothing I can do?"
MT will ultimately develop a tour de force during Blind Willie McTell with extended Layla and All Along the Watchtower references.
This is a great version and a wonderful start to a special show.
Blue Note Shuffle
Max sets up his song with a beautiful solo, and Mick plays a stately and sexy solo, rife with melodic set-ups and knock-downs -- absolutely sublime. Maybe the perfect example to use when people say "why is Mick Taylor better than [insert more famous guitarist here]?" He can sound like them, but nobody composes melody on the fly like MT.
I Wonder Why
With "Larry" on congas and Mike Cullen suddenly bashing away on the cymbals like Ringo Starr, this is a very unusual and jazzy I Wonder Why.
Can't You Hear Me Knocking
A long, mellow jam with a nice solo by Shane.
Blues in the Morning
A rousing version of LJ that pleases the crowd.