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Permalink Posted by jeremy_g on , attached to 1997-12-07
jeremy_gI flip flop between this show, 11/7/96 (listen to the second set --- Suzy > Gin > HYHU > Bike> HYHU, YEM, E: Frankenstein ---- it is the gem of 1996) and Big Cypress as the best shows I've ever seen in person. Tonight, I'm listening to the SBDs of this show, transporting myself back to the floor of the funky old Erwin J. Nutter Center and, as an admitted Tube-head, well, I'm hooked. This is the one. "Tube, Tube Jam > Slave" is absolutely sick. I feel privileged to have seen both this Tube and the Tube from 12/28/98 in person, arguably the best two Tubes ever and I think this one takes the cake. This Tube, this entire show oozed IT....and after a mini-tour consisting of a solid show in Cleveland on 12/5/97 and AMAZING show in Detroit on 12/6/97, we thought 12/7/97 in little old Dayton might be pedestrian. Boy, were we all way wrong. WOW. If you haven't listened to this, do so now. And if you were there with us, well I'm thrilled that you were able to witness Phish live up to 100% of their potential and then take IT even further. This is the type of show you love and hate because it sets a ridiculously high benchmark for all others. Pure. Freaking. Bliss.
Score: 3

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