, attached to 1998-11-21

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1:

Wilson: Massive energy to open this show. >

Big Black Furry Creature from Mars: Energy ramps up even more.

Lawn Boy: Standard.

Divided Sky: Feisty.

Cry Baby Cry: Another big bust out. >

Boogie On Reggae Woman: Standard. >

NICU: Standard.

Dogs Stole Things: Standard.

Nellie Kane: Standard.

Foam: Page and Trey both shine brightly in this version!

Wading in the Velvet Sea: Standard.

Guyute: Standard.

Bold As Love: Love it. Great set closer!

SET 2:

Sabotage: That’s one way to open the set!! >

Mike's Song: It is solid – nothing more and nothing less. Gets the job done. >

Simple: I love this version – it defines that 98 ambient sound. Mike sounds terrific in the last few minutes. Highly recommend this version. 3.0 Phish just could not pull this off. >

The Wedge: Standard. >

The Mango Song: Standard. >

Free -> Ha Ha Ha -> Free: Free really slams hard into HHH. Pretty good Free, Mike is liquid.

Weekapaug Groove: Standard.


Tubthumping: Awful, why play this? Maybe it was amusing in person?

Summary: The first set is about as bland as you can get. Woof. The second set looks cool on paper but the only thing that really delivers (in spades) is Simple. The rating on Phish.net of 4.35/5 (177 ratings) is egregious! Not even close. I would rate this as a 3.75 and I feel like that might even be a bit generous. What a letdown run after that incredible run one year ago at the same venue. Expectations were sky high and did not deliver at all.

Replay Value: Simple


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