Eyes Of The World
Aug. 10, 1982
Iowa Fieldhouse - University of Iowa
Always had--and still do--a real problem with speeded-up Eyes, especially those of the 80s, but THIS version is so ridiculously good that it's surpassed in my personal rankings the only other fast version I ever truly enjoyed and admired--11/4/77. And being a complete '77 snob that is saying something. As other have pointed out this versions is played at lightning speed but somehow doesn't sound rushed...Jerry keeps the train on the tracks and the runs he makes along the way are just astonishing. This is be-bop jazz guitar to the Nth degree and it's not sung half bad, either, which is a bit surprising for the year. Would love to see this version get booted up the ladder a fair way. Definitely my favorite of the 80s (better even than the much slower paced and quite excellent 4/3/82 from the Scope), and even though there are many many versions I like far better from 1977, this is my best-ever for a "fast Eyes". Glad it was bandied about recently or I would never have checked it out.