, attached to 1999-07-13

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads Despite the fact that Halley's Comet is the only Highly Recommended jam in this show according to the Setlist Team here at Phish.net, I feel like Reba is the star of the show. I'm quite inclined to say that, as Reba is my favorite Phish song, and because this version is atypical in verging upon Type-II jamming. The Halley's is jammed, to be sure, but the jam feels like one big bridge between the song it came out of into Roses Are Free (as if the band had rehearsed it or at the very least planned the transition... not that there's anything wrong with that!) NO2 is very interesting to hear with its White-Tape instrumental ending, and as for the rest of the first set, I think this Funky Bitch is one that I would point someone to as a stellar Type-I example, especially if this show and maybe the night before were released archivally. The Wolfman's Brother to open the second set is very long and--to me--just kind of monochromatic in the sense that it sort of gets deconstructionist, which is nice, but treads water within that milieu for its entire 20-minute length. For someone who cut his teeth on Phish's eclecticism and was initially attracted by that feature of their music, this version could even be considered boring upon relisten. Bug > Mountains in the Mist is a nice pairing of then-new songs, with Bug in particular having developed beautifully within my apprehension whereas I used to not like it that much. Possum and Tuesday's Gone feature Scott Murawski--formerly of Max Creek, now guitarist in Mike Gordon's band--but as another reviewer points out he stays kind of under the radar, not really playing anything over the top, which could be considered tasteful and probably should be. The bottom line is that it seems like the band was having fun at this show, and if I had been there, I would have been, too!


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