, attached to 1997-11-17

Review by markah

markah (posted to rec.music.phish in March 1998)

Today as I was running errands, I popped in 11.17.97 (2nd night Denver)
set I for another listen, and was reminded of it's greatness. When
listening to the Ghost, I decreed out loud, and to no one in particular:

"Phish is good."

First off, this set goes Tweezer, Reba, Trainsong, Ghost, Fire. The Ghost
in particular is what caught my attention (although the Tweezer & Reba
are certainly nothing to be unimpressed by!) At first I was a bit
saddened when the jam started off a little directionless and boring, but I
soon remembered who I was listening to.

This was no ordinary band. This was Phish 2000.

And after about 4 minutes of what I consider a boring jam, they started
kicking my ass. This jam passes effortlessly (as any Phish 200 song darn
well should!) into the inspiring driven jams in the vein of the 11.30.95
Dayton and 12.6.97 Detroit Tweezers. Yes, Phish is good. :) This jam
then segues into (after a short letdown) into a Trey rock-star jam, where
Fishman switches to the cowbell about 4 or 8 measures into it. I didn't
time it, unfortunately, but from occasional glances at my watch I'd say
that jam occurs about 15 minutes into it.

Anyway, that again winds down at which point Trey says something to the
effect of "Hi...ok, we're going to play one more song and then we'll be
back with much more music for your dancing pleasure, and your listening
pleasure...so, uh, stick around!"

So, I just thought I'd share my earth-shattering revelation: Phish is,
indeed, good.


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