1988-02-27 (1st show), NYC, Lone Star Cafe
GimmeMT.com Review by GimmeMTguy
The last remnants of the Hot Water Band have now left, Wilbur Bascomb has replaced Wayne Hammond on bass and Denny McDermott is on drums in place of Mike Cullen.
The association with Bascomb will be a long and fruitful one. Bascomb had played with Jeff Beck on Wired and brought additional muscularity to the MT rhythm section.
Mick sometimes gets knocked for his lyrics, but I still get a goosebump or two after all these years on:
"You know your lady's like a movie star queen
She's late for her mornings, never wakes up from her dreams
I gave her love and I gave her my money
I said "no thanks, I can't get hooked on you, honey"
Shane Fontayne plays nice counter-melodies throughout (in true MT style), and something moves MT to take a short but pointed live lead on this for the first time that I am aware.
If one were putting together an academic compilation of the Blues, nearly any Mick Taylor live performance of Red House would be a worthy inclusion. He performs with it such consistency, dedication and commitment that it's difficult to discern differences between shows.
This is perhaps Hendrix' purest Blues exposition, so for an admitted admired of Jimi, this nightly tribute makes a lot of sense.
A constant throughout MT's live career is the passion he brings to his co-composition (with Jon Young) Goin' South. It becomes clear over the years that he wishes there was more of a market for this type of music.
A masterful build-up from portentous, heavy quavering notes into relief/release.
Blind Willie McTell
Already becoming a polished classic.
The band comes out swinging literally and figuratively in this powerhouse version. Mick plays three solos and each one builds toward, and plants seeds for, the next, until the murderous climax.
It is impossible not to wonder, since he can seemingly turn it on at will, why he doesn't "go nuts" more often.
Can't You Hear Me Knocking
The entire band gets in on this one, the solos explore wonderfully but don't ever lose the thread, and Mick brings it home with a great rousing finale, with some incredible "blue" notes.
Maybe the best version of CYHMK ever? I think it's possible, only the ending catches the band a little by surprise.