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Link Tuesday, 08/11/1998
Star Lake Amphitheatre, Burgettstown, PA

Set 1: Trench Town Rock[1] > Julius, Wolfman'sWolfman's Brother -> Time Loves a Hero, Bittersweet Motel, Reba, SlothThe Sloth, GinsengGinseng Sullivan, Fee > Maze, SampleSample in a Jar

Set 2: Runaway Jim, Meat > LxLLimb By Limb, CircusWhen the Circus Comes > DwDDown with Disease

Encore: Wilson > GolgiGolgi Apparatus

[1] Phish debut.

· Maria tease in Runaway Jim

Noteworthy Jams: Wolfman's Brother, Fee, Maze, Runaway Jim (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 69.41

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

Notes: This show marked the Phish debut of Trench Town Rock and the return of Time Loves a Hero (first since November 5, 1988, or 1,021 shows). Runaway Jim included a tease of Maria from West Side Story. This show is also available on DVD from Phish Dry Goods.

LivePhish Download LivePhish Download
Official Release Purchase "Star Lake '98" DVD
Video "Down with Disease" Official Video
Video "Fee" > "Maze" Official Video
Video "Bittersweet Motel" Official Video
Video "Meat" Official Video
Video "Julius" Official Video Blog Recap "Star Lake '98" Review, Grateful Web

Song Distribution:
4 Hoist
3 Stash
2 The Story of the Ghost
2 Junta
2 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
1 Rift
1 Lawn Boy

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1998 Summer U.S. Tour."

andrewrose , attached to 1998-08-11 Permalink
andrewrose I only caught the day after in Vernon Downs and Lemonwheel on this tour. Great times, as the band was having fun with new covers almost every night. I wish I had hoped on a show earlier and caught this night, however. I'm not sure why it doesn't more attention, but this Runaway Jim is probably the best jam of '98, and I'd wager the best Jim ever. About 30 minutes of pure bliss that sees Trey pull off a few of those magic galactic licks that sound better ever time you hear them. Definitely one of the record books by the time they bring it back to the Jim finale. I haven't listened to the rest of the show in a while.
Score: 7
Thunder , attached to 1998-08-11 Permalink
Thunder Great news! This morning's news inspired me to write a show review.

As I've written before here on .net, fans on tour were all riding a huge high coming off the madness of maryland/virginia beach (and a great tour). This show was alot of fun as a result. The lots were extremely positive ... more than normal random high fiving and lots of "can you believe it" conversations. Kinda like the Phish community had turned a corner, and we all knew it.

The debut cover of Bob Marley's "Trenchtown Rock" to open the show was just perfect. Followed with a standard but nice version of Julius set the mood for the show. The Wolfman's jam into the bust-out of Little Feat's "Time Loves a Hero" (over 1000 shows) was awesome. To date, the only version of "Bittersweet Motel" I actually don't mind listening to (the crowd's reaction to the line "halfway between Erie and Pittsburgh" always makes me smile). The remainder of the set was a mix of standards in Sloth and the closer Sample, some nice bluegrass in Ginseng Sullivan, a nice distinctly summer '98 take on Fee, and soaring versions of Reba & Maze.

The second set opens with a very exploratory Runaway Jim, including a sublime tease of "Maria" (by Trey) from the musical West Side Story - which I had absolutely no idea what it was at the time. It's similar in ambition to the Worcester '97 Jim. Although I prefer the Worcester Jim, this one is unmistakably summer '98 and was/is a wonderful listening experience in extended open improv (35 mins). The return to the Jim theme is glorious after the sonic journey. The boys follow it up with exactly what is called for: a couple new tunes (Meat and LxL) which would later be featured on Story of the Ghost (Fall '98). The start/stop of Meat was playful and the crowd appreciated it. For a few moments it threatened to get elastic in that summer '98 kind of way, but coming off the monster Jim, a straight ahead version was called for. I especially like how it finished/went into LxL (which I used to say at the time was Reba dressed up in a Taste drumbeat). If you like Reba and Taste (who doesn't), it's hard to dislike LxL. A gorgeous "When the Circus Comes" (Los Lobos cover) fit in well after the SOTG tunes in what was emerging as the mid/late second set ballad position in the setlist (think Bug, Mtns in the Mist, Velvet Sea, etc.). A straight-forward rocking version of DwD closed the second set in similar fashion to Atlanta, five days earlier.

Depending on your point of view, nothing too exciting tonight for the encore (pretty much impossible to top Sabotage/Terrapin Station), although Wilson had some lyrical variations from Trey which I can't identify, but it's clear, he was in good spirits. Golgi ended a very satisfying show that well represents Phish in Summer '98: well played yet playful, occasional bust-outs, debut covers, rocking out and taking risks. There's better shows in my opinion from Summer '98 but as an overall document on the tour, Burgettstown '98 is a solid, yet welcome/unexpected choice for the next official dvd. Looking forward to the December release!
Score: 5
fhqwhgads , attached to 1998-08-11 Permalink
fhqwhgads I'm reviewing this show based on the 2-DVD set as well as the LivePhish download, not having been in attendance. I rate this show a 4/5, but a 4/5 Phish show is still quite a recommendation.

The Trench Town Rock opener is historically interesting, but otherwise merely "neat" for a Bob Marley fan such as myself, who prefers the original, complete with indecipherable(?) patois that Trey replicated with admirable aplomb. Julius is a particularly stirring version, with some high-fretboard action from Trey that really excites me. Wolfman's funks it up funkily before seguing into a Little Feat bustout that has a tropical feel and lyrical theme; I'm not a big Little Feat listener. Bittersweet Motel has a nice lyrical coincidence, but the Reba that follows is to me the highlight of the show, Runaway Jim included. Stratospheric heights are reached, which is made all the more astounding by watching the close-ups of the band in the DVD that show them intensely focused but lithe listeners, one of the most attractive aspects of Phish in my consideration and really what collective improvisation is--or should be--about.

Runaway Jim is one of the longest versions ever played of that quintessential Phish classic, and the run(away) is well worth the exertion, even reaching a passage that was memorialized in the 30th-anniversary audiovisual/Phishtorical montage on 12/31/13, I think. After the Jim, anything else is icing on the cake for me. They had me at "Reba sink a boulder in the water." They had me at "Danger, I've been told to expect it," in fact. Sometimes highlights alone make a show worth at least 4 stars, even though every Phish show is cohesive in its own way, a canvas that *can* be dissected but is perhaps a dish best served whole. I'll revisit this show for years to come, I hope... thanks to JEMP and Phish, Inc. for the valuable and generous keepsake, and to Phish as musicians for the content.
Score: 4
Doopes , attached to 1998-08-11 Permalink
Doopes TrenchTown ROCK opener!! need I say more?? This was a really good show, don't know why some people have rated it so low. The Wilson Golgi encore was sick, Runaway Meat LxL and DWD in the 2nd set!! yes the first set was a little relaxed beside the encore.. but the show overall was really good!!
Score: 2
Timpanogos , attached to 1998-08-11 Permalink
Timpanogos The Jim from this show is the type of Phish jam that makes doing homework fun. Captures the peak of Phish in terms of band intercommunication. Also, a very overlooked AMAZING type I DWD in my opinion. Set I opener covering Bob Marley is also very special.

One of my favorite shows of 98 and ever for that matter.

A must-watch on DVD!
Score: 2
Babyrattlesnakes , attached to 1998-08-11 Permalink
Babyrattlesnakes I was in attendance but the tapes play better than my memory. The highlights include "Trenchtown," "Wolfman's>Hero," "Jim," and "Meat," but "Fee" stands out in particular for the weird little minimalist jam that closes it. I haven't heard every version "Fee," but I've never heard one anything like this performance.
Score: 1
zepphead , attached to 1998-08-11 Permalink
zepphead This was my second show. Went with my buddy, Mike.

You dont have to say too much about this one. Epic Jim and only version of Trench Town.

Need I say more?
Score: 1
phootyjon , attached to 1998-08-11 Permalink
phootyjon I was there about two deep off the rail...I went to college at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh and I believe my entire heady-ass class was there; great time. Arguably the best Jim ever played and the Starlake lot scene back then was nutz! This is worth anyone's collection. LISTEN NOW!
Score: 1
EdwardGRobinson , attached to 1998-08-11 Permalink
EdwardGRobinson Very nearly a "slice your nipple" medley in the first set.
Damn you Ginseng Sullivan!
Amazing show.
Score: 1
chrismcguire634 , attached to 1998-08-11 Permalink
chrismcguire634 This funk dripping Wolfman's is a lesson in communication, patience and booty shaking. The segue into Time Love's A Hero is the icing on the cake. If you wanna instantly have a good day, check this show out. 1998 is a great year for the phunk. Bootsy, Mr. Brown and Hancock would all approve this show.
Score: 0
shumate , attached to 1998-08-11 Permalink
I know Jim gets a lot of publicity from this show, but damn what a tight Julius and Wolfman's! Reviewers are quick to point a "standard" Julius, but to me this one and the Coral Sky Julius really stand out as tight performances. Fisherman's drum kit just had the perfect sound for such a tight show.
Score: 0
gingerphish , attached to 1998-08-11 Permalink
For me, this entire show is icing compared to this incredible journey of a Jim. Before I review Jim, I'll mention I always listen to Trench Town through Time Loves a Hero before Jim if I don't want to listen to the whole show. Julius is never not fun and I love it early on. Wolfmans is a dance party and the transition into Time Loves a Hero is fantastic. You're wondering why no Reba or Maze? Reba is a good solo but a bit sloppy on the composed section. I know this opinion isn't a popular one but I have a hard time saying one Reba or Maze is better than the next. They're good songs but typically pretty standard jams never moving too far.

Jim: GOD DAMN. First listened to the version after a long tee break so I could get a job. You can imagine how entranced I was. Trey absolutely tears up this first kind of bright kind of ambient section that slowly fades away and grows darker. Great patience and listening by the band during this switch. The jam progressively grows more ambient and spacey until Trey starts ripping a signature "lets make it a happy jam" riff and off we got with an upbeat jam that gets rocking right around 22 minutes. The fast paced funky section that follows just adds to how good this jam already is. Trey switches on some cool effects at this point and Fishman kicks in a driving beat to keep things moving. West Side Story tease. Return to Jim. The crowd goes wild. The end. One of my favorite jams wish I was 20 years younger so I could have been there.
Score: 0

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