1987-02-01 (1st show), NYC, Lone Star Cafe, Mick Taylor show review by GimmeMTguy
Put It Where You Want It
The band is a little looser on its jazz-fusion show openers. Mick seems to be exploring some different avenues and moods, perhaps he is starting to feel he has played out the possibilities of this band's staple tunes.
In retrospect this will be Jon Young's last NYC show with MT, although a Japanese tour is yet to come.
Will It Go Round in Circles
A song that sounds a lot like Roll Me, Baby emerges from a Blues jam, and it provides Mick a chance to play something not standard in his typical set. The Hot Water Band shows often faced a situation where the crowds were hoping for Rock, and were usually satiated with Blues.
Starting off with the band's reason for being -- jazz fusion similar to Jeff Beck's mid/late 70s output, it felt frequently like Will It Go Round in Circles was used as a bridge from the fusion openers to a more Rock sound, and also a link to the Stones (for those who knew Billy Preston was involved with Goat's Head Soup and the 1973 tour (and 1975-76 after MT left)).
Finally, the band would move into Blues or a track from MT's 1979 solo album, leaving the harder-core jazz stuff behind.
Jon Young plays a Star Trek-sounding line on his synth at some point, during the dreamy mid-portion of this song, but the improvised second half section meanders and doesn't build towards something galactic (which is unusual for the great Giddy Up).