, attached to 1995-12-31

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks This is one of the litmus test shows - it's all but impossible to like Phish and not like this colossal, canonical show. Mike's > setbreak > Weekapaug > Sea'n'Sand is maybe the all-time greatest Mike's Groove; Drowned > Lizards and YEM and Reba and Maze and Chalkdust are blowout versions of those classic tunes (and this was back when Mike could still more or less sing Drowned!). Shine is funny, the barbershop is uplifting, and every single moment is played to perfection. After this triumph it took the band more than a year to figure out what came next; not until 3/1/97 did they hit upon an answer, the stylistic opposite of the frenetic balls-out rock of NYE '95. If you have any interest in Phish you should hear this show. Duh.


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