Crosseyed and Painless

, comment by Pinhead_Larry
Pinhead_Larry Intense, lots of layers of sound visa vi Trey looping, and very, well, it's very odd to tell you the truth. There's really not a lot of variation in the jam, yet there's two distinct sections to my ears. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though. I like the jam a lot, just because of how weird it is. Some of it sounds like a hearkening back to those Summer '95 exploratory jams, and others sound like a precursor to the Paradiso '97 Carini. They hadn't quite found their new sound yet, but it was well on its way. The "still waiting" call and response from Fish and Trey at the end of the jam complete the eeriness of the whole thing, and is finished in a rather unsettling manner.

This is not like most other Crosseyed's out there, and is a huge contrast to the likes of Big Cypress and Star Lake '03, but if you like the weird and experimental Phish, you'll definitely want to give this one a listen, or better yet, snag the Coral Sky DVD. The jam is a spectacle to listen to and watch as the band members go absolutely nuts on-stage, and Kuroda's lights mimic this. The audience is in complete awe the whole time.

It's jams like this that helped Phish usher in a new era, and the 1996 Fall tour, to me, is the link that makes a clear division in eras. If this particular jam does not do it for you, check out 11/3's Tweezer, or 10/29's Mike's Song. Karl Perazzo was a blessing for the band.

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