, attached to 1997-07-25

Review by Anonymous

(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

This show takes some heat and I really don't get it. In the first set, Phish pulls off some stellar musical exploration in a '97 style "Wolfmans" -> "Maze" and in the monster closing trio of "Bathtub" -> "Makisupa" -> "AC/DC". I will not lie when I say that this is one of the most fun and exploratory sets I have ever witnessed from Phish. This set is a must have for anyone.
Where this show takes most of its heat is in the second set, which saw Bob Gulotti sitting in on a second drum kit. I personally find this set very interesting to go back and listen to. The entire set is practically one big segue w/Fishman and Gulotti switching tempos and exploring different rhythms, beats and grooves. Trey brings in a drums segment at the end of a very nice "Yamar", by calling for "Leo and the drummers". The drums fed into the first "Ghost" that Phish tried to use as meat for a second set. I think its great. "Zero" and "Theme" ended a different night for Phish, where the first set was amazing, and the second more exploratory. If you like Phish attempting new things, you will love this show.


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