, attached to 1998-08-14

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks This is the most easygoing Phish funk imaginable - nothing but straight-up 'funky bluesy' fun to kick off a weekend of great music in Limestone. My FMSBD recording starts off with a 22-minute jam that's in the running for 'most engaging jam of 1998': no intense intergalactic psychedelia, no lockstep polyrhythms, just pure dance-party goofiness wrapped around a soaring melodic anthem. After Chicken Shack, Trey calls for another funk jam, but Fishman drops a skittering second-line-on-uppers beat and it's off to the races. The two freeform jams total 35 minutes of the guileless hangout music that Phish rarely get into in front of an audience, and the rest of the soundcheck bops along in similar summer style. A delightful, open-hearted soundcheck, characteristic of the looselimbed 1998 touring year.


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