, attached to 1999-04-16

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads Though the jams aren't as a rule as long as the previous night's, there's still quite a bit of emotional resonance to be found here. Page takes the vocal lead on Franklin's Tower to delightful effect, and then you get two almost consecutive hymns to the much-beloved Jerry Garcia, with Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here as well as an instrumental version of Stella Blue with Steve Kimock on pedal steel guitar. I personally feel like Phil's vocals sound great here, especially since Trey seems to struggle a bit with the lilting rhythms of Tennessee Jed and Fire on the Mountain. Chalk Dust Torture, though, displays some "Phishy" jamming towards the end that makes me satisfied that Phil looked carefully to include Page and Trey into this incarnation of Phil Lesh and Friends, and also to generally seek a meld of the styles on display, including those of his own as well as Kimock's and John Molo's. It's worth pointing out, I think, that Molo really holds his own on a catalogue that's built primarily for dual drummers.


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