For Moe's first single on Sony/550, they decided to release a 45-minute long version of their live staple, "Meat." Recorded in one take on July 25, 1996, the band charged their way through one of their quintessential live tunes. One may use the three officially released recordings of the song -- on Loaf (1996), Meat (1996), and L (2000) -- to gauge the artistic state of the band. Each featured a different drummer (Mike Strazza, Chris Mazur, and Vinnie Amico, respectively) who drove the tune in different ways. On the single version, Mazur pushes the band through a multi-sectioned improvisation that touches on ska, psychedelia, surf rock, blues, and other popular genres. This is perhaps the most expansive improvisation Moe has ever performed, live or in the studio. The mix is crystal clear, with guitarist Al Schnier panned all the way to the left, guitarist Chuck Garvey panned all the way to the right, and the rhythm section of Mazur and bassist Rob Derhak down the middle.
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