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Link Phil Lesh & Friends, Saturday, 04/17/1999
Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Soundcheck: Terrapin Station, Eyes of the World, My Favorite Things

Set 1: Dark Star[1] -> It's Up to You, Days Between -> Dark Star[2] -> My Favorite Things, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo[3], Bird Song[3]

Set 2: Terrapin Station > Down with Disease -> Dark Star[4] > Friend of the Devil, Casey Jones[5], Morning Dew, Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad[3] -> And We Bid You Goodnight[3]

Encore: Box of Rain

[1] Instrumental.
[2] First verse.
[3] Donna Jean Godchaux on additional vocals.
[4] Second verse.
[5] "Trouble ahead, Phil in Red!"

Notes: Donna Jean Godchaux provided additional vocals on “Mississippi Half-Step,” “Bird Song,” “GDTRFB” and “AWBYG.” The outro jam after the second verse of “Dark Star” included a brief jam on “The Other One.” “Casey Jones” featured alternate lyrics from Trey “Trouble ahead, Phil in Red!”

Musicians: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Phil Lesh, John Molo, Steve Kimock, Donna Jean Godchaux (Guest)

Midcoaster , attached to 1999-04-17 Permalink
Midcoaster Is this not reviewed simply because it's widely recognized as one of the sickest pieces of jam band music ever? OK, this is not machine gun Trey or a dirty Ghost throw down of later '99. No, it is not an aggro-early-90s scorcher, just as it is not disco-funk-face-melt Phish Destroys America fall 1997. This is a world unto itself, merging GDead-Zero-Phish into a once-in-a-lifetime sound.

Much has been said about this show, and this run in particular. For me, in those dark days after the loss of Garcia, I turned away from Grateful Dead music. Then, a friend shipped me these CDs in '00, incredulous I'd never heard it before. Popping in the (auspiciously) unlabeled first set, I was stunned. Suddenly, the foggy Maine evening was a transformed, shiver-worthy wonderland.

Had it not been for the "Phriends" and the heads up, I might not have immediately even noticed that this was Trey and Page supporting Phil and Kimock. They just all blend together so seamlessly that it becomes one sound. When I listen closely, though, it is an amazing expression of patience all around. Trey is distinct, as is Page, but in very subtle ways.

Words fail me. Suffice it to say that the first set alone is one of the most unique concerts that I've ever heard. On the music wall of my temporal lobe, there's a space for this show all by itself.
Score: 6

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