, attached to 1998-10-18

Review by phishfillet

phishfillet This is a great performance! I know Trey likes to shred, but I am surprised they had not found more chances for acoustic performances in years past, they obviously all have the talent to excel in this format as well as anyone. Short show by their standards, so on with a review:
Hello My Baby sounded as good as it gets, done facing the kids was a nice touch from the boys. Billy gets the instruments warmed up, followed by a really great version of Piper! That was a surprise giving the setting. Roggae and Loving Cup were both nicely done, and Albuquerque maybe the one obvious choice with Neil Young in the house. Next one of my favorite versions of The Old Home Place, featuring Mike on banjo and Page on acoustic base, killin it! Guyute was brilliantly done! Trey shines here, no surprise. Acoustic Guyute, so nice! A nice Brian And Robert before finishing up the set with three Phish debuts. Sad Lisa was just ok, Sara can sing, just not a fan. Four Strong Winds was better with the addition of Neil and the accordion, but I Shall Be Released was the winner of the three debuts! For me nothing will top a JGB version of this song, but this one was still very good! Again, Neil and Kevin are a great fit here.

There is something about these Bridge School shows, don’t know if it’s a West Coast vibe thing or Neil’s influence, but they are always really laid back and mellow. I have heard all the sets Pearl Jam has done in years past and they are pretty mellow, even for acoustic performance standards. Great show! Get it, perfect vibe for a cold rainy day like today. At ease.


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