, attached to 1996-08-17

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads Despite the number of "Noteworthy Jams" here and the previous day of Clifford Ball's relative paucity thereof, I am firmly in Camp 8/16/96. The Reba is very minimal for my tastes, with a "Quiet Jam" in place of the usual emo melodiousness. Maze is nice, but outside of those two, there're not that many meat and potatoes to the first set. That said, the song diction is impeccable, which benefits from the fact that the Phish catalogue was svelter during 1996 than it is here in 2017. The second set is the stuff of legend, but again, there's not that much jamming--at least, Type-II jamming--to be found in it nor in Set 3. Brother features Ben and Jerry on vocals, which is tremendous phun, and I seem to remember there're some acrobatic-type, bungee stunts and things during Tweezer, and even Scent of a Mule is nearly 15 minutes long, due in part to a Fishman solo, but I just think 8/16 is the better show.


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