, attached to 1998-11-18

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1:

Back at the Chicken Shack: Just the second time played (debuted at 10.30.98) and you can tell by the crowd reaction or the lack thereof that they are unfamiliar with it. Props to Jimmy Smith, the author of this tune.

Birds of a Feather: Standard.

Farmhouse: Standard. >

My Soul: Standard.

Guyute: Standard.

Lawn Boy: Standard.

Love Me: Standard.

David Bowie: In the composed sections that lead up to the lyrics there is the strangest echo going on – very distracting. This Bowie gets the job done. It has good length and a solid ending. But nothing truly unique or interesting about it all the same.

Carolina: They screw up in the middle and restart from the beginning. Wish I could make out the banter after the screw up, it’s all kind of muffled but sounds like they were all cracking up. Trey is laughing throughout the song. Pretty funny. From Phish.net “Carolina was restarted after Page’s miscue and ended with a choreographed stage routine. “

SET 2:

Wolfman's Brother: This version boasts that deep funk that eventually evolves into an organic upbeat jam – not that cookie cutter 2017 and newer MSG bliss jam. No sir. This one takes it’s time in getting there and even at its peak it never gets too self-absorbed. Great version! ->

The Lizards: Clean version. Very well done. Second and last version of fall tour not to be seen again until 7.12.99.

The Moma Dance: Vanilla. >

Albuquerque: Fantastic.

Slave to the Traffic Light: Somehow, this seems to fly under the radar. But I am here to tell you this is an easy all timer, right up there with the very best. Inspired version, not that different from the top of the mountain 12.7.97 – no, I am not kidding.

Fluffhead: The beginning of this one is all goofed up. But that is short lived, and the body of work here is fantastic. It is crushed throughout. Easy all timer. >

Character Zero: Standard.


Brian and Robert: Standard.

Sleep: Standard. First time played in the encore slot.

Dog Faced Boy: Standard. First and last time played in the encore slot.

The Squirming Coil: Standard.

Summary: Yikes, that first set is very, very boring. Just going through the motions. You would think after having two days off they would have more to offer. The second set though does it’s level best to make up for it with a strong Wolfman’s top notch versions of Slave and Fluffhead! Maybe one of the most unique encores ever – it’s like the band felt they needed to deliver a large dose of landing gear to those in attendance in the best manner possible. Really interesting show. Would rate it as a 3.5/5 – Phish.net has it as 3.767/5 (90 ratings). I wanted to score it higher but that first set its just so boring.

Replay Value: Wolfman's Brother, Slave to the Traffic Light, Fluffhead


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