, attached to 1998-06-30

Review by Capricornholio

Capricornholio This show is a little better than its rating. It gets a reputation for being song-y (which it is), but consider that at 3:15 this show is an hour longer than the following night and 30-45 minutes longer than your typical 2 set Phish show of the era. If you trim this show down to 2:30 you can make it into a pretty great 16 song show.

It does have a few ugly bits (the composed bits of Stash) and the botched Mike's transition -> Swept Away / Steep -> a sub 5 minute Weekapaug is like a punch to the nuts. However, there are several fantastic highlights:

- Ghost is on the shorter side and overshadowed by the one two days later, but is tight and fantastic
- Stash has a great jam and a butter-smooth segue into a funky Cities
- Funky Bitch is a little bit slower and more in-pocket than usual, making it, well, funkier
- Wolfman's is super funky and segues beautifully into Frankie Says, which itself segues beautifully into Antelope

At any rate, I give it a solid 4/5 and will listen to again, more than once.


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