, attached to 1997-06-19

Review by Penn42

Penn42 The previous two reviews have it: this show is all about the second set. Stash -> Ghost -> Saw It Again is must hear. The back end of Stash is very funky and the segue into Ghost is flawless. Ghost is like a precursor, 14 years earlier, mind you, to the Blossom Possum (June 4, 2011). Both jams feature that same lethargic slowing down effect. Definitely check out Ghost if you like the Blossom Possum. Saw It Again is just a sweet tune to cap off the previous 30 minutes of Grade A Phish. Plus it's segued into, which makes it even better!

It could be argued that the second have of the set peter's out, which, in terms of must-hear-ness, it does, but I'd say it still makes a pretty cohesive whole with the first half. It was, after all, only Wading's third performance ever. A fact that makes that song much more palatable for me. Piper is super short, but still enjoyable, and JJLC is good as usual. I even liked this Caspian quite a bit. This is one of my favorite sets from Summer Europe '97.

As for the first set, there's nothing that needs to be heard. Personally, I *really* like Summer Europe '97, so I totally enjoyed it, but there's nothing that stands out from the ordinary. Now, if we could combine the next night's first set with this night's second set we'd have one hell of a show! However, those sets are in fact separated by 24 hours and 330 kilometers. Be that as it may, I'll take'm as they are, it's all just great music!


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