, attached to 2000-07-08

Review by jabberstin

jabberstin Ah, yessss...PYITE is a great opener and, traditionally, a premonition of great things Phish-wise to come. This tenet held true on this beatufiul evening at Alpine Valley! Great NICU, even better My Soul (it seems as if Trey was really feeling the 'blues' this eve; his playing that night suggested a rather Claptonesque vibe) the omni-goofy and fun Poor Heart, a great Wolfman's (although fairly standard-issue) an awesome, awesome (truly psychedelic in the purest sense of the word) First Tube, standard Llama, an appearance from everybody's favorite dancing pig, Guyute, and a humungous Antelope to close the first set.

Second set was the true meat-and-potatoes of this show, however. I can't complain too much about the opener of the 2nd set; maybe the boys wanted to warm up and gather more ju-ju for the remainder of the set. Piper is amazing, and the jam into R&R is sick, sick, sick! I sometimes think that this show's existence as on official Live Phish release is due largely to this particular jam. It soars and whistles and twists, giving way to a (rocking) beautiful version of R&R. Tweezer is cool, but as mentioned above, Trey is just wailing bluesy guitar solos all night long! This bluesy angle on Tweezer makes this well-worth the listen. Walk Away is cool, short yet sweet. Twist is nothing spectacular; I've definitely seen better versions. Horse>SITM is very rote. Possum is always welcome. Suzy>Tweeprise to close is a treat!!


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