, attached to 1998-11-24

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1:

Down with Disease: Solid jam to open the show, first jammed out show opener of the tour. Nothing you haven’t heard from a DWD before though.

The Moma Dance: Standard. >

Ginseng Sullivan: Standard.

Stash: This one gets nice and weird! They minor chord the jam and turn it into that signature summer 97 sounding stuff. Really cool! They end up taking this jam for a ride and then some, almost too long. You can hear some folks get restless on the tapes. It’s a decent Stash for the era. Torn on whether or not to recommend it. Going to say no but it is a solid offering all the same.

Brian and Robert: Standard.

Limb By Limb: Pretty mellow version

Sample in a Jar: Standard.

Tela: Standard. Always welcome.

Chalk Dust Torture: Standard.

SET 2:

Ghost: Cool build that starts in the early 8’s. This one just chugs along and minds its own business for the most part. No signature moments or themes to speak of really. Still, a good enough jam vehicle to open up the second set. Not one that I feel like I would ever need to revisit. >

Halley's Comet: Standard. >

Tweezer: Very snappy/catchy repetitive theme. Very good jam, one that I would recommend. But it’s not truly awesome as described on Phish.net. That theme is a lot of fun but once they finally move on from that things get dark and slow down a good bit and then into a very, very slow old school wind down ending and then a big, intimidating wall of sound and then… ->

Possum: Way dissonant and off key as noted in the jamchart. Trey was definitely vamping on this for a long time. Definitely trying to mess with those in attendance. It’s worth a listen just for that aspect.

Wading in the Velvet Sea: Standard. >

Character Zero: Face melting wankery.


Suzy Greenberg: Dude of Life, woof. Alternate lyrics. >

Tweezer Reprise: Standard.

Summary: Another mediocre fall 98 show. The last barn burner was Grand Rapids and to a lesser extent 11.15.98 from East Tennessee. Since then, there has not been a standout show and that includes this one. The first set has a good Stash but outside of that there is hardly anything to return to. Set two starts off with a promising Ghost that is good enough I supposed, a very good Tweezer, the Possum is sort of interesting or annoying depending on your view point and from there it’s really all she wrote. Phish.net has this rated generously at 4.019/5 (108 ratings). I just don’t feel this is anything but a basic, average Phish show. I would hit it at 3.5/5.

Replay Value: Tweezer, Possum


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