, attached to 1999-12-08

Review by ColForbin

ColForbin [I was looking back on some 1999 shows I attended but didn't remember much from, so I decided to give them a download and re-listen to figure out if they were any good.]

A raging Limb By Limb starts things off, with a little feedback at the beginning that is quickly dealt with. BOTT kept the energy up. Things start to get interesting with DWD. Driving 10 minute jam with a big finale. FEFY is my all-time favorite Phish ballad, and this version was performed beautifully, with a very subdued and chill solo from Trey at the end that builds into a sweet little anthemic jam (not appreciably different from many other versions of this song, but great). Ya Mar gets folks dancing again. Horse>Silent is standard. A rocking Antelope closes out the set.

The deep driving bass of Mike in Sand starts off the second set. Trey hits the delay loops hard in the beginning of jam, then it goes into that textural realm with lots of layered sound from Trey with the rest of the band keeping it grounded in Sand territory. Jam builds in volume to a dramatic conclusion. This Sand could be looked at as foreshadowing for the epic Big Cypress version. After such an explosive jam, Dirt was a welcome respite. Piper has a great, long psychedelic jam that doesn't return to the melody, but kind of fades out until they start up Dog Faced Boy. The only 1999 appearance, Dog Faced Boy was a pretty cool bustout. Lizards was Lizards. YEM, great composed section, nice organ solo by Page and bass solo by Mike. Where this YEM really shines is the vocal jam, which contains an entire Tweeprise section. Cool stuff. Fun Golgi encore, and then of course the Tweeprise with a nod back to the vocal jam (and one of the few to be played without a Tweezer in the show) was great.

Highlights: DWD>FEFY, Sand, Piper, Tweeprise vocal jam in YEM
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