, attached to 1999-12-30

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This is a 5-star show to me. I wasn't there--though I wanted to be--but the significance of the weekend is not lost on me. Water in the Sky is, of course, a topical opener, and then we get the first Light Up Or Leave Me Alone since 1989, and it is jammed to perfection, with a Gotta Jibboo tease from Mike. That groove really sets a tone for the event. Corinna is another bust-out. The segment with Chief Jim Billie is a lot of fun, I think. I think the Tweezer in Set 2 is not really a noteworthy jam... it's more of a spacey exploration than a rager. We get a trio of 10-min.+ songs in Wolfman's Brother, Gotta Jibboo > Harry Hood, then the set closes with Good Times Bad Times. The Run Like an Antelope in Set 3, however, is probably my favorite version of Antelope ever played! Trey gets some cool action going on his Yamaha synthesizer in a kind of little duel with Page on his clavinet. Mike's Song is also huge, with Immigrant Song teases. I'm of the opinion that Big Cypress is a touchstone for Phish in a way that almost no other shows are: just a Temporary Autonomous Zone type feel to the shows that lends itself well to the psychedelic melange on display during 1999, with its influences from contemporary electronic music.


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