, attached to 1998-11-14

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1:

Funky Bitch: Solid – first opener of the tour that I would not consider a rocking face melter. But plenty of strong energy, nonetheless. >

My Soul: Standard.

Reba: Solid version, definitely gets the job done. Little sloppy here and there.

Bouncing Around the Room: Standard.

Tweezer: Yes! Mid first set, love this placement. Right around 7:10 sounds like a Whole Lotta Love briefly from Trey. Balls to the wall rager and then a humongous peak in the late 9’s, very impressive. This settles down a good bit. In the early 12’s it almost sounds like they are angling for TMWSIY. I would recommend this version as it has a couple of nuances to it and that huge peak and that spacy 5 minute segment that defines Fall 98. It is a very good version, but not great. >

The Moma Dance: Standard. >

Sparkle: Standard. >

Character Zero: Definitely has something a little extra to it, it is quite ripped.

SET 2:

David Bowie: Rock solid for sure. Like Tweezer, I would call this a very good but not a great version. It does not stray far at all from what your typical Bowie is or does. It is Type I all the way. But that said it does have all the elements you would assign to a strong version. Clean composed section, dark and patient intro to the jam and then a gradual building of tension and ramping up the jam into the trills at the end. It is a good enough version for the era, but I would not ever need to relisten to this one.

Something: Very cool, thought they did a good job with this. Page is good enough on the vocals. Crowd loves it.

Piper: Very short. Very standard.

Golgi Apparatus: Clean version, strange placement.

Guyute: Hate this placement.

Hold Your Head Up > Sexual Healing > Hold Your Head Up: Funny.

You Enjoy Myself: Vanilla version.

Julius: Standard.

Hello My Baby: As you would expect.


So Lonely: My ears might be broken but I thought the vocals actually sounded pretty good here. Pretty cool cover and took some guts to play this for sure. >

Tweezer Reprise: Standard.

Summary: Pretty strong first set with a solid Reba and that very good Tweezer and some good filler on either side. Pretty long second set, 86 minutes. Phish.net has this as a 3.962/5 (130 ratings) indicating that it is well above average. This show, outside of the Tweezer, and a good Bowie and Reba, and a couple of cool covers – just doesn’t do it for me at all. Two shows in a row since Grand Rapids that just don’t cut the mustard. I will rate this – like Cleveland – as a 3.5/5. Very average Phish show.

Replay Value: Tweezer


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