, attached to 1998-08-01

Review by Capricornholio

Capricornholio My first Phish show and it was better than what I deserved.

First set opens with the debut of Ramble On followed by a really great Mike's Groove. The Mike's song (which does't stray to far from the song's form) was standard for the time, but would be considered fantastic now. It segues nicely into an atypically placed and always welcome Esther which segues into an above average and extremely funky Weekapaug. The rest of the set is standard/great with solid versions of Guyute, BOAF and Funky Bitch and one of the few Fikus'.

The second set opens with a week piper which goes into a decent Wilson. The set takes off from there with one of the better segments from the summer tour in the form of 2001-> Magilla>Tweezer>Fluff. The 2001 is nice and funky with a somewhat clunky, but interesting segue into Magilla. The second iteration of 2001 is only about 10 seconds long before going into ONE OF THE ALL-TIME BEST TWEEZERS. This one tends towards beautiful Hose rather than the scary or funky territories Tweezer can often go. Lots has already been written about this jam which I strongly suggest you check out for yourself as soon as possible (available as a SBD from the Wisconsin Edition bonus disc as well as being posted on YouTube). To have a jam this epic land on Fluffhead is just icing on the cake. Things cool off with a well executed Brian and Robert into a critically underplayed Albuquerque. The whole rest of the show is firey with the set closing CDT and Frankenstein followed by the Been Caught Stealing > Reprise encore.

Unfortunately, there are 0 good sounding recordings of this show. The tapers have done their best, but AV just isn't acoustically that great. You need to muscle through that shit and listen to it though because this show is great!

4.6 / 5 Solid A Phish.


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