, attached to 1998-10-30

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks The first set is fine and fun and light and so forth, but the big money is on Set II, which is nearly enough to justify a Live Phish 16 download all on its own. Nothing here is as *essential* as the third set of Halloween '98, but if you're up on your Phish history you'll recognize that Stash > Manteca pairing as an echo of the classic 11/14/95 show. The Tweezer > NICU transition is flawless, though you kinda have to admit Tweezer had a little pro forma feel by late 1998. The post-NICU ambient interlude emerges from the final chord, not the song's ska-via-the-cow-pasture rhythm, but it's still a lovely preview of the Wolfman's Bro from the next night. And after a very patient and welcome full-band buildup, an upbeat Prince Caspian delivers needed catharsis. A very strong, old-fashioned-and-new-fangled set in Vegas.


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