, attached to 1998-07-01

Review by n00b100

n00b100 The first set is just a set (I can't really get worked up for The Moma Dance) until it gets to DWD, which flies along in the time-honored DWD until gradually delving into a pool of spacey noise, with Trey wringing ugly noise out of his guitar and Fish providing cymbal washes for flavor as Page does his thing (shades of the Ambient Jam from Lemonwheel). Then, just because Phish does things like this, Trey pulls the "DWD riff" thread out of the ambient rug they just weaved and the band heads into the traditional DWD reprise....and then immediately drop back into another ambient zone, Page tickling the ivories and Trey launching a bevy of loops, that immediately grows warmer as Mike makes his presence felt and Trey changes his guitar tone for some really sweet soloing before leading perfectly into Dog Faced Boy. The rest of the set is whatever, but that DWD should definitely be heard, just for the ambient interludes.

Set 2 kicks off with Tweezer, and this is every bit of a piece with the best of the late-90s Tweezers, starting off with the usual funk groove of this Tweezer era (Trey's wah-wah is in fine form), then getting more rock-intensive while retaining a laid-back atmosphere - if you want a good modern comparison, think a more relaxed, funkier version of the 12/28/12 "best of 3.0" Tweezer, a jam that effortlessly shifts form while retaining a "hey, this is a Tweezer jam, guys" feel. The jam finally winds down to a mellow, contemplative close, then collapses into that familiar fog of white noise, and like Batman seeing the signal in the sky 2001 comes flying out of the PA system for the Grey Hall's dancing pleasure. This 2001 is played a tad quickly for my tastes, but it's still a very fine version with a cool repeating guitar line around the 4 minute mark and Trey soloing all over the place. The rest of the set is perfectly fine, but that 40 minute stretch is really worth listening to.

7/6 is still the show of the run for me, but the Tweezer-2001 run is as good as the year (and post-96 Phish) gets, and that DWD really does have some fine ambient work, so this is an easy recommendation.


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