, attached to 2003-07-30

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This show is an odd duck at least in the fact that the "strong meat" (to misquote the Apostle Paul) seems to be skewed towards the first set. My Friend, My Friend and Lonesome Cowboy Bill are nice enough, with a particularly nice turn on vocals by Jon Fishman in Lonesome Cowboy Bill, but Scents and Subtle Sounds includes the Intro and is over 30 minutes long. There's nothing compelling in the way that I remember the 6/11/94 You Enjoy Myself to this day, for example, but it is a good journey, thrilling, perhaps, for those in attendance. Then you get the Phish debut of You Ain't Goin' Nowhere followed by the extreme rarity Spock's Brain. Chalk Dust Torture also jams for a while followed by On Your Way Down, Fast Enough for You > Taste, with the first two of those being highly welcome and rare additions to the 2.0-years catalogue. Twist in the second set jams out and then some, and the improvisation is really quite thrilling, perhaps evinced by the follow-up number: Bug, but You Enjoy Myself and Walls of the Cave don't really strike me as a fitting conclusion to this show. Secret Smile in the encore slot is very welcome, to me, as I'm a more mellow kind of phan, and, all said, I certainly would'n't've left this show disappointed.


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