, attached to 1997-07-30

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This show has a lot of what I love about Phish. I'm a phan of 1998 vintage (that's when I was introduced to the band, though I didn't see any shows until Lakewood 2000) and I think that for that reason I've always been drawn more towards and identified with the late 90s. I've come to appreciate earlier and later Phish, but that's probably always ganna be my sweet spot. So I can really get off on the cowfunkin' Wolfman's Brother, though I also love the Recommended Jam in Chalk Dust Torture. But the centerpiece of this show is the David Bowie -> Cities -> David Bowie (so much so that a .Netter handled himself after the sequence.) Bowie is cruising along at high altitude for about 15 minutes before an uptempo funk groove starts to develop, whence Cities. Cities is played at a faster tempo than normal... worth seeking out for enthusiasts of funk, cowfunk, or Cities in general, or just for any phan at all, really. I don't think there were really "quarters" in Summer '97, but this fourth quarter is pretty standard (though who doesn't love a good "Fire?") One more note of interest: the Piper in this show is only about 5 minutes long! You might be interested to hear it in its early form (having debuted earlier in '97 in Europe, IIRC.)


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