, attached to 1998-07-20

Review by pmc2kd

pmc2kd In the spirit of finishing off the box set I'll review the '98 show.

97 was fantastic, and this one held up in equally fine form. It didn't have the monster Bowie, but it definitely has some monster jams of its own.

So set I.

Bathtub Gin - woah! This is probably the jam of the show and it's the opener! It's maybe a bit more linear than the absolute best versions of the song, but it's got a great rocking jam and an absolute monstrous funky dance jam. Because everyone knows Riverport this one may have sipped through the cracks for some - well feast your ears on it now! (yea it cracks 20 minutes)

Dirt is a nice cool down.

Poor Heart has some serious mustard at the ending where they run through a bunch of comical false endings and just shred to the finish. Great and notable version.

Lawn Boy gives us the Page tune (after the Trey and Mike).

Fishman's up next with My Sweet One.

After the monster Gin that was a fun run of tunes!

After a bit of banter they decided to play a new one. Birds of a Feather is tight and has some great Trey soloing.

Theme is absolutely blissful. This is a really strong type I version. Great Trey solo, and just well played. Makes you wish they played it as nicely today.

Water in the Sky is another ok cool down.

Moma Dance was a clinic of funky goodness. '98 Momas mmmm mmm mmm.

Split Open and Melt is a fantastic bookend. This version cooks and churns and straight up rips. I like this one a lot. Great closer.

Overall set I:
Super balanced. Two huge jams in Gin and Melt. Good type I stuff in Theme, Moma & Birds. Throw in some comedy and you've got a winner!
Highlights: Gin & Melt

Set II:

They open with Drowned, which shreds hard. Trey is a wizard and they boil down into a nice funky spacey jam. It's not the longest version, but it's full of fire and has those hints of 97 - with the spacey 98 x factor.

-> Makisupa with an excellent segue out of the funky jam. This version is tremendous and contains a nice spacey jam segment at the end. What usually serves as comic relief provides some pretty fine music!

>Maze! Woof! This puppy is a barn-burner. Excellent version, surely worth a listen and a fine three song pairing.

Sea and Sand was perfect placement. Beautiful rendition and a perfect cool down song. Would be nice to see that pop up a bit more often.

Prince Caspian is up next. Usually a pretty weak call, this version actually rocks hard. Trey showcase. Reminds me of a precursor for the '99 Japan version.

>Hood closes it out for the win. This jam is great and continues the trend of heat as Trey peaks this one pretty fiercely. It's not the all time best version, but it's another peak that makes you wish they could just peak the hell out of hood like this today! Fine ending!

Encore: Sexual Healing > HYHU is classic Phish fun

Halley's Comet contains a great DDL jam at the end, making it notable.

Set II: While lacking in the one standout jam, the set is incredible start to finish. All great songs, well played. Throw in some truly fine jamming throughout. Great.

Overall: 5/5 easy. This show is strong as heck. No lulls, lots of Phishy fun, but so much serious business and heat that you won't think twice about spinning it a couple times through.


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