, attached to 1999-07-15

Review by andrewrose

andrewrose Ryan is bang on, here. I saw Great Woods through Starlake on this tour, and this show, with the possible exception of Oswego, was definitely the highlight. There's not much to find fault with in the first set when you get a hot PYITE>Ghost to start things off. But when the first 50 minutes of Set II read Meatstick, SOAM->Kung->Jam, you gotta figure some special shit has gone down. I really love the style of melodic ambient jamming the band winds up partway through the Meatstick, which you could argue was their forte in '99 . The 12/7/99 Bathtub and Big Cypress Sand->Quadrophonic Toppling come to mind as analogous examples. I too have wondered when the boys will turn Meatstick back into a jam vehicle, it just works. The SOAM->Kung->jam is almost the inverse of the Meatstick, straight-up fierce and aggressive, but still relatively purposeful. The wall of sound they end up in before Kung is heavy and awesome, and then the raging ensues. SOAM had a kind of renaissance in 99, and this is certainly one of the better versions ... a precursor maybe, to the 12/31/99 SOAM->Catapult that should need no introduction. Don't go expecting THAT kind of groove here--that shit only happens once a millennium. Still, 7/15/99: you're alright. I've yet to track down a great sounding copy of this show; get on the archival release Live Phish!


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