1988-01-12 (2nd show), NYC, Lone Star Cafe
GimmeMT.com Review by GimmeMTguy
I Wonder Why
Shane Fontayne plays a solo that reminds me a bit of Keith Richards' Chuck Berry style, albeit with a rockabilly tone. He is starting to work into a more meaningful place in several of the songs in the repertoire.
Same with LJ, MT plays the chords and Fontayne gets the solo on MT's very personal song. It strikes me that it's not unlike Mick soloing on Keith's Gimme Shelter.
A 12 minute Red House shows Mick in patient and deliberate form.
Blue Note Shuffle
This version stimulated a thought -- although MT improvises everything, some solos are more improvised than others. One of the thrills with Mick Taylor is that the more improvisation is required of him, the more we can expect some new figures to come out of nowhere. Necessity is the mother of invention. I could listen to MT solo to a shuffle 24-7. Readers of these reviews will not see many unkind words written about any BNS.
Not too much happens on this one.
Blind Willie McTell
Can't You Hear Me Knocking
This "still finding their footing" show has the second guitar making sporadic appearances here and there, but not yet proving the case for having one in the band (not that anyone asked). What Shane Fontayne adds is more melodic than rhythmic, but his presence does not yet seem to have altered MT's approach at all.