, attached to 1999-10-10

Review by ProfJibboo

ProfJibboo Does your username include a reference to a song, lyric or memory? Mine references this show. While I didn't become a professor until a few years after this show, this is where the Jibboo part originates from.

In 1999, I was a 1L in law school - I had moved away from all of my friends for school - and for whatever reason, my enthusiasm for Phish had waned. 10/9/99 was my first show solo - and - even though I love the show now - I walked out wondering if I was losing interest.

But the next night, 10/10/99 - the first set started with Farmhouse and then was followed by a string of five songs that I had never heard at all before - Gotta Jibboo, Heavy Things, First Tube, Dirt and Vultures. There was nothing mind-blowing about any of the songs....but something happened....it triggered a happy feeling that I just let go of the concerns I had and let my limbs go - with absolutely no idea where any of those songs would take me - literally having no idea where I'd end up. In a span of less than 24 hours, I had gone from questioning whether I was done with Phish to fully understanding that I love this band and always will. I've never looked back since, and it all started with Gotta Jibboo.

The show was pedestrian at best comparably to late 1.0 leading up to the peak event of Phish's 1.0 existence....but it is not without merit and shouldn't be forgotten. As a whole, a far more spacey show than people tend to remember from that 1999 period.

Stash was noticeable. It was really probably that last truly jammed out Stash of 1.0. Sure they played scorchers after, but nothing that truly stood out as different. This one featured a great staccato section in the final 5-6 minutes by Trey not very different from some of his recent summer 2013 playing in jams. The Stash was also the set I closer and it closed spectacularly. It was a precipitated by a way-above-average Vultures that quite literally evoked soaring majesties as I re-fell in love with the band.

The YEM is also remarkable. The whole second set begins with a 5-6 minute ambient jam that slowly builds up to the YEM. Counting that ambient intro, the band launched into another jam mid YEM, resulting in a well-over 30 minute rendition of spacey goodness...not the most fun to dance to at the show if looking to rock a second set, but a great piece of exploration worthy of a listen on the couch.

Overall: recommended for a dark-horse sleeper show when looking for a chill evening on the couch.
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