, attached to 1999-07-23

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This is an excellent show, like, I'm surprised that this show is as amazing as it is! From the first set, Punch You in the Eye is notable for its intro being extended to a lengthy 4½ minutes, a delightful sustenance of grooving rhythm. Fast Enough for You cropped up a few times in 1999, and as it has since become more of a rarity, it's nice to hear this beautifully delivered take on a classic Phish song. The second set is--obviously--a five-songer, but the Ghost approaches the level of the legendary 7/6/98 "Prague Ghost"... it's really very similar in approach, something that can't be said about many other Ghosts. Birds of a Feather is as far as I know the longest version to date, and probably most phans would agree it's also the best. And it doesn't succumb to loopy ambience, really, unless you feel like the very end doesn't "rage" enough for you: it's a bona fide rocker. Meatstick features Trey's "good news and some bad news" which I won't spoil for you, but hearing this version is important to understanding 1999-era Phishtory. Suffice it to say, the band was in a good mood this night in Columbus, and it showed.


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