, attached to 1997-12-30

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads Segue fans' delight! A Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley bustout opens the show -> Taste, and some phans' opinion is that this is the best Taste ever played (now possibly in contention with 8/2/17 from the Baker's Dozen.) Stash has some, well, what I'd have to call "fizzly" type diminuendi (?) from Trey; they're in the latter half of the jam, and you'll have to listen for yourself. AC/DC Bag is my favorite version: it starts led by Page on clavinet, and then Trey takes the lead for the lion's share of the jam. McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters follows, and it resolves into a queer sort of piano jam, one that's probably unique in its Phishtory. There's the classic Pentagram Harpua with Proclaimers cover featuring Tom Marshall > Izabella > Harry Hood which is unfinished and goes Type II for a few minutes, -> My Soul. Guyute is a great set-closer, but there's still a long quadruple encore to go! The Carini here jams a bit, too, and segues cleverly into Black-Eyed Katy, the great lost Fall '97 debut, and then *that* segues into a Sneakin' Sally quasi-reprise, finally to wrap up in what I think is the longest Frankenstein ever. I absolutely had to rate this show 5 stars out of 5: just a magnificent climax to what may be the best year of Phish yet.


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