1987-06-06, Philadelphia, Chestnut Cabaret
GimmeMT.com Review by GimmeMTguy
Hot Water Music
Mick grasps the nettle and takes the lead on this song, with Max still laying back much more than Jon Young did on the keys.
Mick plays some very aggressive and provocative lead in the middle of this free-form jam, almost Hendrix-like in its focus on raw sounds, rather than tunefulness. The crowd in Philly is enthusiastic with its applause at the song's conclusion.
Mick introduces this as a jazzy kind of Blues, "a very blue Blues." And boy, does he deliver an incredibly powerful exposition of the Blues, albeit not in the traditional 12-bar sense.
This is a must-hear and, maybe, the very best Soliloquy -- and there are no bad Soliloquy's that I have ever heard.
Anyone familiar with his Rolling Stones performances in Philadelphia in 1972 knows that something about Philly brings out the best in Mick Taylor.
Another powerful performance by MT, along with a long tribute to Stevie Wonder's Superstition in the last section.
Can't You Hear Me Knocking
This 20-minute all-instrumental opus begins with MT alone playing an introduction before the introduction, in an uncharacteristic (for him) shredder fashion. He revisits the metal theme in the middle of the tune, playing a riff I cannot place but know I've heard before.