I remember being really excited when this box set was announced and when I find myself going back to it every few months and giving it a spin I’m reminded of why. The 1989 through summer 1990 is one of my favorite eras and all the drama and mystery surrounding these appears to have energized the band as they lay down a couple really nice shows.
Was the packaging a bit over the top? Yeah, probably. I would have been just as happy without the actual wooden box and a box like the Winterland sets came in instead (maybe do a faux wood exterior on something like that?), especially if it kept the cost down, but what’s done is done.
Some people complain(ed) about the sound quality of this release but I have no idea what they’re talking about. Different strokes, eh? Listening to the Eyes of the World on this release was the first time I really realized just how powerful the drums were on that song in this period.
Nevertheless, today’s pick is from the second show of the set. Nestled between the first set opener of Feel Like A Stranger and Little Red Rooster is Built To Last. The title track from that album is a solid tune as far as I’m concerned. Not a great song, not a bad song, just a solid one. Of the nine songs on that album I’d rank it right around 4 or 5 if I listed everything by my personal preference. It would seem that the band didn’t hold the song in high regard though. It was only played 18 times total, once each in 1988 and 1990 with the rest in 1989 (a total of 4 versions have been released to date; a 22% release ratio).
So if you haven’t listened to this song in a while give it a spin today and let me know what you think.