, attached to 1999-07-12

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads Excellent! Three big highlights, in the Foreplay/Long Time (bustout, only electric version to date), Split Open and Melt, and David Bowie! It sounds on the audience recording I have as if Phish had really pulled a fast one with the Foreplay/Long Time electric bustout, as the roar of recognition doesn't really happen until well into Page's organ intro with the first "hits" from Trey, Mike, and Fish. It sounds great--certainly not just a novelty--and Trey's singing is really good here, even though I think he mixes the lyrics up a bit. The Down with Disease to follow is well-placed and nearly 20 minutes long, but it tends to kind of meander somewhat undynamically (though it is finished!) Split Open and Melt builds a head full of steam that culminates in a stormy sort of peak that's not razor-sharp in the same way as a version from 1994 would've been, but is still very satisfying (maybe even moreso to a phan like me, who often prefers the heady narcoticism of '99 to earlier or later years. This kind of jamming would be revisited during the 2.0 years with a far different result.) The David Bowie in the second set is one that I would highly recommend. Over 20 minutes long--thereby giving you plenty to sink your teeth into--it takes the kind of musical path that I've always thought the composed portion begged for. It's kind of like the section of Fluffhead called Fluff's Travels... the music just suggests that it be given room to get up and walk around for a while, which I realize is to anthropomorphize the songs, but honestly, aren't they just as much of a presence at shows as the band or the audience in many cases? Who wouldn't want to hang out with Esther or Poster Nutbag, for example? The Rock and Roll encore feels a bit anticlimactic to me, but this show is well worthy of an attentive immersion, which is the only apostolic form of Phishing!


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