1989-03-25 (2nd show), NYC, Lone Star Cafe
GimmeMT.com Review by GimmeMTguy
An energetic start to a Saturday night late show in Manhattan.
A rare performance of an MT-penned tune that was recorded for an as-yet unreleased studio album. A romantic lyric and a languid singer-songwriter vibe is the tone, with Mick singing in the plaintive style of Baby I Want You from his 1979 album.
Mick plays rhythm while Shane Fontayne carries the lead throughout -- with quite beautiful soloing. He and Wilbur Bascomb (bass) seem to be playing off each other, with high, melodic bass fills by Bascomb coming at the end of Fontayne's lead lines.
Ironically, MT leaves it to his bandmates to convey the emotional heft of his seemingly quite personal tune. The strong crowd reaction to an unknown "pop" song reflects it's immediate melodic appeal.
In a different time and place, Downtown Broadway would be as well known and liked as is Mick's Leather Jacket.
You Gotta Move
Stately versions of both -- loaded with clean slide playing and calibrated MT vocals. Almost "live album" quality in their restraint and precision.
A workout for the drummer, Mr. Parker.
Blues in the Morning
This is sometimes overlooked as a soloing vehicle compared to the more famous Blues tunes he plays, but Mick's single-note soloing (with some tasty rapid-fire double-stops) is exemplary, along with his occasional scat-singing to his own playing.
I Wonder Why
The power of Mick Taylor's playing on this simple, fast shuffle is just breathtaking at moments -- I would take his playing from the four-minute mark and compare it to the best playing of any Blues guitar hero ever for sheer fluidity, multiplicity of techniques and signature licks and swing.
The swagger is all in the ease of the playing, and it is monstrous.
Can't You Hear Me Knocking
In sharp contrast to the 1st show, this CYHMK runs for 17 minutes. It never flags -- each band member plays a distinctive solo in the spirit of the rest of this 2nd show -- tight and clean. Bombast is never substituted for execution and tastefulness.
A great closer for what turns out to be an exemplary show.