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Link Wednesday, 07/15/1998
Portland Meadows, Portland, OR

Soundcheck: The Way I Feel Jam

Set 1: Wolfman'sWolfman's Brother, Water in the Sky, MomaThe Moma Dance, Guyute, Horn -> Jam > CDTChalk Dust Torture, Brian and Robert, Beauty of My Dreams, CTBCars Trucks Buses, Roggae, BOAFBirds of a Feather, Loving Cup

Set 2: LxLLimb By Limb -> Simple > Tweezer -> California Love Jam -> Tweezer -> Free, Meat, HoodHarry Hood

Encore: Wilson > TweepriseTweezer Reprise

Teases:
· Glide tease in Simple

Noteworthy Jams: Wolfman's Brother, Horn, Jam (highly recommended), Birds of a Feather, Limb By Limb, Tweezer, California Love, Tweezer, Free (highly recommended), Harry Hood

Average Song Gap: 5.18

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon

Notes: Some humor surrounded the Guyute ending; fans of stage banter will want to seek this segment out. Simple contained a Glide tease from Fishman. This show was officially released as Live Phish 17.

Links:
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Song Distribution:
8 The Story of the Ghost
3 A Picture of Nectar
2 Billy Breathes
1 Hoist
1 Rift
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday

Songs by Debut Year:

Doctor_Smarty Phish.net Staff , attached to 1998-07-15 Permalink
Doctor_Smarty Nothing beats a mid-summer Phish show in your own back yard. No traffic hassles to deal with, minimal preparation time required, friendly familiar faces at every turn"...this is the life. As an added bonus, at the time of this Portland Meadows show, I was hosting a good friend who was seeking a new home on the West Coast. Conveniently enough, he had planned his exploratory visit to Oregon to coincide with the start of the Summer '98 tour. Portland was the start of a great three day run of West Coast Phish. Although the natural beauty of Oregon is certainly enough to justify relocation, I am certain that its influence on the music played a role in his decision, too.

The first set opened with the now familiar funk of "Wolfman's Brother" and "Moma Dance." Following the haphazard run around the Meadows of "Guyute" the racing pig, a smooth psycho-cerebral ambient jam evolved out of "Horn." This first taste of the nebulous and throbbing jam-space that was to be the dominant Phish sound of '98 was quite exciting. It opened up portions of the universe I had previously been unable to visit. I liked these spaces"...a lot.

The second set was all out fun and all about Mike. "Limb by Limb" got things off to a lively start and flowed pretty smoothly into "Simple." The show was then iced at ten on the personal enjoyment scale with the appearance of the "California Love" infused "Tweezer." Since we were in Oregon, this tease could be taken several ways: the band has a disdain for Oregon and prefers California; the band thinks that Portland is in California and has no idea Oregon exists (which is possible considering that Trey seems to think the Gorge is in Seattle); or more likely the band agrees with 2Pac and Dre that the West side is in fact the best side!

Although I could have heard just about anything in the remainder of the show and been happy, what I got was a heavy dose of "Free", several thick slices of "Meat", and a "Harry Hood" which carried me all the way to the rocky twilit slopes of the nearby volcano that shares its name, and back again. The "Wilson>Tweeprise" encore was a growling heavy metal monster, one of the strongest parting shots I can remember from any Phish show I have attended. Minutes later I was rocking in a backyard hammock while staring into space and giggling at nothing in particular with several close friends. Does it get any better than that?
Score: 12
jezmond , attached to 1998-07-15 Permalink
jezmond My favorite part of this show is the jam. It is so characteristic of '98 Phish, where the guys were really pushing the envelope as far as morphing notes and chords to get a really unique sound. If you listen to the 1st set's jam, it really reminds me a lot of the Simple from the Hampton Comes Alive release, where the band just falls into this really beautiful blend of harmonics, to the point the song takes on this ethereal change, and peaks, and then the guys just let the notes distribute themselves. Nice work!
Score: 2
MiguelSanchez , attached to 1998-07-15 Permalink
MiguelSanchez this is one hot show in one hot tour. wolfman's and moma bring the funk early in the show. a nice little jam out of horn works well into chalk dust. ctb, boaf, and loving cup in the first set in fine form.

then the fire works start. limb by limb gets things going, as this one works nicely into simple. simple does not "tweedle out" like it typically does. instead, it rocks right into tweezer. this tweezer jam gets nice and funky before they break into one of the more unlikely breakouts. they start jamming on tupac and dre's (i believe that's right) california love. surprisingly, they don't get too goofy on this one, and they get back into the funky tweezer mode. then they lift off into a very inspired free. gordon is particularly tastey here, with trey going berzerker on top of him. meat provides a somewhat unexpected cool down before they go into a really deep harry hood. page and trey take the long road while driving this hood jam to climax. wilson>tweeprise closes this one out in fine rocking form. there were some good shows on this quick jaunt up the west coast, but i think this one might be my favorite. don't miss the gorge either.
Score: 1
NickSalv , attached to 1998-07-15 Permalink
NickSalv was just listening to this show, sorry for no full review, but I noticed some Contact teases from Fish at the end of Simple, in the last minute or so when it begins to space out before Tweezer. AWESOME show though! CDT was especially aggressive, Cars Trucks Buses is always fun, this Free is one of the best versions I've ever heard, very nice Hood, loving all the new songs they pull out and the funkiness that comes with them. easily one of the best from '98. LISTEN TO IT!
Score: 1
WayIFeel , attached to 1998-07-15 Permalink
WayIFeel This Wolfman's is not only an outstanding version but I still call it the best tour opener ever!

Every song in the first set is played extremely well. Maybe not best evers best definitely all top notch. I wouldn't call myself a huge CTB fan but I really like this version. Page really goes off. The Birds and Lovin Cup rock out a a very solid first set.

The mind melt of maybe the mothership land is what went down in the 2nd set. LxL is great and segue nicely into Simple which then drops into Tweezer and that's when things really got funky. I can only describe them going into California Love as spaceships landing music. Mike is just dropping bombs during Free and Meat and an awesome Hood to end the set.

Trey goes off on Wilson. Listening to it now it may sound kind of sloppy but at the show I was just blown away.
Score: 1
Jklinow , attached to 1998-07-15 Permalink
Jklinow Love this show. One of my favorite LxL's. This one really builds and there is this gorgeous moment at around 10:10 where the entire band connects at once and really gets intense. the rest of the show is great and has been summed up very well by the other reviews already here. Also wanted to point out the clear Glide tease by Fishman towards the end of Simple when it starts to fade out
Score: 1
n00b100 , attached to 1998-07-15 Permalink
n00b100 Set 1: The opening Wolfman's sets aside its usual late-90s funkiness for something more bluesy and rollicking, with Page doing some really fine piano work throughout; it's a fine way to start off the summer. The rest of the set is decent enough, but the Horn -> Portland Jam is a legitimate treat, as from an unassuming Horn the band launches into a thick, buzzing ambient jam, not entirely dissimilar to the FYF-ruining Jam out of Farmhouse on 8/31/12. The music doesn't so much flow as it does drift, Trey's guitar work more accompaniment than solo, Fish gently urging the band onward. It is a truly marvelous piece of music, and all the better by the fact that it is played without warning.

Set 2: Limb By Limb kicks things off with a nice understated jam (the sort you often get from LxL), then collapses into another ambient jam (with some terrific rhythm work from Fish). Trey starts working out a familiar riff, and Simple worms its way out of the muck in a lovely segue. Simple books along with a nice Type I jam, then enters the land of loops as the tempo slows to a crawl, then from the weird oxygen-hose noises comes Tweezer. Tweezer is its typical laid-back 1998 self, which makes the California Love jam not much of a surprise (well, I mean, it IS a surprise, but not as much as it ought to be), and once they get that out of the way the actual Tweezer jam is a fine piece of business with another nifty segue, this time into Free. Free, much like the vaunted 11/30/97 version, heads straight for the funk, with Mike really making his presence felt here. Page starts tossing in some organ stings, really giving this jam some added pizzazz. The band's so taken with this jam that they decide not to go into the usual Free ending, instead just coming to a dead stop, then rolling into Meat. The closing Hood is a lovely way to end a great second set, and a surprisingly extended Wilson (with an AM radio-friendly jam) makes for a cool encore.

Final thoughts: I like this show the more and more that I hear it. Summer '98 isn't quite as near and dear to my heart as it is for others (the quality of shows fluctuates more than I'd like from an all-time tour), but the best shows deserve as much attention as anything else, and this is a strong contender for best show of the tour. The second set, in particular, flows incredibly well and easily justifies this show's official release.
Score: 1

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