, attached to 1997-12-06

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads Even Antelope gets the cowfunk treatment in this show! The Maze is the other standout from this first set, about which some phans have opined that if the first set from 12/7/97 was combined with the second set from this show, we'd have a consensus "best show ever." This Tweezer somehow recapitulates the previous 4 years' worth of jamming styles on display by Phish, while still further anticipating the next 3 years' worth! The segue into Izabella is pretty sloppy, IMO, and I am very much alone in believing that. Look to the aforementioned next night for at least 3 better-realized segues. The segue into Twist is almost a stop-start, but truer to form than the one into Izabella, IMO. A lot of space and funk on display, ambience and peaks both, but this is an overrated show for my money. I'd rather relisten to 12/7/97, which is saying quite a lot since this Tweezer -> Izabella -> Twist -> Piper segment might've "destroy(ed) America" in truth if it had just been more patiently put together... if the sum of the parts was greater than the idealistic whole. It's still a great show, and of course, this is just, like, my opinion, man.


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