, attached to 1998-08-16

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads As is often the case with Phish festivals, the second day's second set is the main attraction (though I highly favor the Ambient Jam from the first day of Lemonwheel, too.) But Bathtub Gin in the first set is typically outstanding for Summer 1998, and Ya Mar has an interesting rendition found here. The second set, though, features a solid hour of music out of merely the first four songs of the set! Down with Disease and Ghost go some way towards integrating the stylistic innovations of the previous night's Ambient Jam into the firmly rocking signature sound we've come to know and love about Phish. The third set begins with Sabotage, which brings closure to the "Summer of Covers" (Summer 1998 often saw a new cover debuted at each show along the tour.) 2001 here is magisterial, but perhaps--depending who you ask--doesn't quite reach the sticky drama of the Great Went 2001 a year earlier. Then, finally, in the Encore you get another 30 min. or so of music, with Harry Hood -> Jam -> Baby Elephant Walk, another cover which is quite delightful to hear from Phish. I think Lemonwheel stacks up pretty favorably with the previous two 1.0 Phish festivals because it makes contiguous use of the "secret set," whereas Clifford Ball's Flatbed Jam was more of a surprising novelty, and the Great Went's Disco Set was not all that interesting, musically.


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