, attached to 1999-12-30

Review by PeopleforaClearerPhish

PeopleforaClearerPhish Just stumblin' by this set of reviews as I was checking on some Winter '99 setlists and while most of what is said above is pretty much in the ballpark, in particular the pedestrian nature of everything after Corrina in Set I, there's something missing...

The "Song Histories" entry for 'Light Up Or Leave Me Alone" calls the Cypress outing "an especially fiery version of the groove-rock classic." That is, from my perspective, the definition of 'damning with faint praise.' Especially fiery? No. Sorry. Unless by "especially fiery" you mean "overwhelmingly awesome and almost certainly fucking legendary." If that's what the guy meant to type, then mea culpa (Latin for "my bad").

Please folks, go back and break out your crispiest tapes/cds/mp3s and give "Light Up..." another listen. It is the finest jamming of the entire day, starting with that first note after the last lyric. This is top-notch, Grade-A, pure and lethal "spontaneous composition", folks, and is equal to the best jams of the Big Cypress experience. Like the Split>Catapult of the next day's sunshine set, it transcends the overflowing experience of Big Cypress and earns its place among the great jams of Phish history, regardless of time or place.

I somehow attended the next 2 performances, taking place a full decade later, and I am confident in saying that this is the definitive version. If I ain't right then I'm psyched to hear its better...

Thanks for listening.

-Chad (who was, is and will remain as full of shit as the next guy)


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