, attached to 1993-07-21

Review by SlavePhan

SlavePhan THE GOOD: A short one-set show, Phish played this one pretty safe (and also ran out of time!) and therefore there's not much in here to pinpoint in a tour of solid performances. Coil here has some extended interplay amongst the whole band which is quite nice. The Runaway Jim is the meat of this set, though, and it glides through an arabic minor-key groove for a while. This Jim has some distinct hey-jamming, with the band each taking turns changing the direction of the jam. It's quite tense and at times there seems to be no real resolution on the horizon at all. However, when it does come, after about 9 minutes in the form of the Jim refrain, it's a triumphant return, one of the best short Jim's of the tour with a remarkable end. Definitely worth a listen.

THE BAD: Due to the length of the festival, the band ran out of time and was given the 5-minute signal after Purple Rain. You can hear Trey call this out to Fish as they start up Daniel. Unfortunately, the band played this whole show safe, with a handful of crowd-pleasers (Sparkle, BATR). They also had trouble linking up at the end of two of the major vehicles of this set; both SOAM and Maze have some timing issues, Rift too, and there are Trey flubs within this Glide. Given how exceptional the band played both Maze and SOAM in this tour, one would expect a little more, but neither of these versions are worth a listen. SOAM in particular falls quite flat.

THE NERDY: Not much banter or extra goodies in this show. During Daniel, Trey apologizes for running out of time. Seems like they wanted to play another song before Daniel, which may have made this show more substantial.


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