, attached to 1996-11-16

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw This show rules. Anyone who only listens to Clifford Ball, Deer Creek, & Halloween '96 is really missing out.

As with most versions from '96 Trey nails his DWD solo. I'm not a big fan of Guyute, in fact there are likely no Phish songs I am more burnt out on. But I actually can get behind this version it's really great. Gumbo has a nice Page Synth solo that I can't remember hearing in any other versions. Free is powerful and has a very good mid section. Bowie is a little mellow in the middle but is very strong.

La Grange is a great bustout and a really weird song to kick off S2 but it works well. Jim moves into a nice pulsing jam and then moves into some really heavy funk that gets cut off. I'm torn because I really would have liked to hear that jam go a little further. However the ensuing bizarre trio of Vibration of Life/Kung/Catapult is also pretty damn cool. It also includes some really cool percussion and effects. Axilla starts the weird gibberish banter for the night that keeps going on. Hood is pretty great. Trey holds a note for what must be 3-4 minutes. It's cool but becomes increasingly obnoxious (which is probably what he was going for). Suzy is great in that it has excellent teases of La Grange and Axilla that mesh very well with the key Suzy is played in.

The debut of We're an American Band is fantastic and a really great way to end this show.

Really great show.


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