Wolfman's Brother

, comment by Pinhead_Larry
Pinhead_Larry Ah, another great gem/jam from the red-hot September leg of the Fall '99 tour. In my opinion, the only other month that was as consistently great as September 1999 was December 1995. Both are great in their own separate ways, and can't be compared because they're both drastically different. For one, we wouldn't have gotten a Wolfman's Brother as big, celebratory, or climactic as this baby in '95.

It (the jam) starts out the same as any other post '96 Wolfman's. Very rhythmic, funky, fun, party jamming. Then, about 9 minutes in, the infamous siren loops that were used in almost all the big jam vehicles back then (Sand, Tweezer, etc.) Those sirens meant business, and I hear it. Suddenly, the jam gets serious.

Up next, it's the textures and layers in a section that I like to call "wall-of-sound jamming." The final minutes of the jam are Trey's loops (I hear 3 different loops), Page's clever melodic playing, and Mike's deep bass cuts with Fish holding a simple, but steady beat.

I even want to say I hear some sirens (either Trey or Page based) that sound reminiscent to the Sands of this period (specifically the 12/16/99 Sand). The only difference is that the same sound effects would be used to create and eerie and dark sound-scape, whereas in this Wolfman's Brother those sound effects create a blissful and subtle peak to the jam.

Real high-quality stuff here, folks. But if you're not a fan of what Phish was doing post "peak" years (1994-'97) then this one isn't for you. And that's OK (I just don't understand how any fan can NOT like '99-'00).

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