, attached to 1997-02-17

Review by pmc2kd

pmc2kd Next up - Amsterdam '97 in February.

Set I is solid.

Soul Shakedown is always fun (and usually foreshadows greatness!!)

Divided Sky is a nice version for sure. Definitely worth a listen if you like that tune.

Wilson is rocking.

My Soul kinda sucks, but that's just cuz I don't like the song and they played it so damn much in this era.

Guyute is pretty strong and I am a fan of the song.

Timber(Jerry) is great, such an awesome song and this version is pretty good.

Billy Breathes is a nice ballad. Some people don't like it, but I think it's damn beautiful and I'll take it in the ballad slot.

Llama is firey and good fun.

Bathtub Gin isn't overly exploratory, but this version is still tons of fun at around 13 minutes or so.

Golgi is a nice set closer.

Overall it's a pretty in the box set, but has some good song selection. Nothing you absolutely need to grab though.

Set II on the other hand is a legendary performance.

Squirming Coil opens up in the weirdest placement! I love this song, and they eventually climb back to their instruments in the cool outro jam to drop into Disease.

Disease is a monster. They crush the tune and melodic jamming section with aplomb. This baby starts to get down and dirty and the funky jamming is super raw. It's a total monster and the jam is amazing with an absolute gold medal -> Carini.

Carini is rough around the edges (hey it's the debut!), but this jam is transcendent. It hits so many spaces from upbeat to speed funk to effects laden craziness. It's all great, but the last 4 minutes or so is mana from heaven. It's why we do this. It's why Phish is unparalleled. 100% full band glory. -> Taste with another perfect segue.

Taste is by the books, but serves as a table setter for the giddy return into DWD. Fire, absolute fire.

Well that was about as good as it gets.

Suzy>Caspian, Monkey>Rocky Top are an afterthought and provide a nice way to just come down after that amazing performance.

If you haven't heard this show by now, shame on you. If you have, give it another listen right now! 5/5


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