, attached to 1997-12-07

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads The segue from AC/DC Bag -> Psycho Killer to open the show is the stuff dreams are made of. Psycho Killer even gets a space/ambient jam! The segue out of it into JJLC is also accomplished. The It's Ice -> Swept Away > Steep > Ice is deservedly lauded, and I'm thrilled for it to be followed by Theme. I think an oft-neglected facet of Fall '97's grandeur is not only the sea change that occurred on 10/31/96 at the Omni in Atlanta, with the musical costume of Talking Heads' Remain in Light, but that the new songs at this time--referring to those found around the release of Billy Breathes--are particularly strong and well-suited to Phish's milieu. Recall that there were a couple handfuls of new songs debuted in '97, but that they wouldn't get studio treatment until '98 and some later than that. The Tube and ensuing Jam are in-your-face funk, but with the hazy, enveloping, and somehow welcoming feel that was so characteristic of Fall '97. Another revelatory segue in Wolfman's -> Boogie On, with the latter not having been played in over 9 years. And it gets a Ghost-like jam, to boot! The Possum is out of control in a very good way, and this was just A Day in the Life for phans who were blessed to be present when these nightly clinics were actually happening.


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