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yucca In the context of summer 1999, this festival was positioned as another 2 night run that "happens to be a festival!!" Big Cypress was not on the radar at this point. Oswego had a feel of being more low maintenance and less hype that either of the festivals in prior years. This was also a period of transition for the band with the new stage set-up and the "millennial " sound still very much in the laboratory stage. As the tour moved on-the playing got better and better!! If you take away the experience of being at Oswego and only listen to the music-I would generally agree with the review here. There were moments of brilliant improvisation and vintage wakky Phish but these shows do not represent the best of summer 1999 , IMHO. It could be that the heat had an impact on the band-as I know it did on all of us who were there. As others who were there have chimed in-it was scorching HOT. The first set on the 2nd night was probably one of my least favorite sets ever based on the weather alone. All of that being said...there were many highlights that hold up well (Tweezer>Have Mercy, Sally>Timber. Jim>Free, Piper) and the whole ending of the 3rd set was a memorable send-off that I will not soon forget. (Quinn, Fluffhead, Hood)


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