, attached to 1998-12-30

Review by Fluffhead

Fluffhead Alright, so I was at all 4 nights of this run. Box seats the entire run. Our crew was the only ones in the box. Epic. It was like having Phish play in our living room. Somehow this show escaped me as to how amazing it really is. 12/30/93, 12/30/97, maybe even 12/30/94 are all known as the sleeper shows. Somehow I forgot about this show.

So, Charlie Miller remasters this show, and I give it a listen. Holy cow! First off, the Sample "jam" is awesome! I've said that twice in my life, I think. But the Maze and Reba from Set I really shine. There is major chillage in the Reba, and although those 5 distinct notes are never hit which really brings resolution to the Reba jam, Trey still manages to hit those peaks that gives everyone goosebumps. Just a beauty, and it goes RIGHT into the whistling. No pause. Strange.

The 2nd set is where the real meat is though. The DWD is fantastic, and doesn't devolve into space before a segue, but rather finds its way back to the DWD reprise outro. Great version.

The Piper. Ahhh, the Piper. The good old days of the Piper build. I really think Trey forgot how to properly play Piper. Whip that crowd into a frenzy! This one does just that, and then comes Prince Caspian, which has a completely strange jam which segues into Coil. This Coil has the strangest Coil jam I've ever heard. I do remember this at the show. Trey came back out. That hardly ever happens, so I was all psyched, thinking we'd get a treat in the vein of 5/8/93, which has that amazing Coil jam. What we got instead was insanity, with the most beautiful segue into a gorgeous, just GORGEOUS, Slave.

This show is one for the books. I gave it 4 out of 5 because it just oozes awesome. I remember the Grind, and thinking what a bizarre song. I totally forgot it was the Grind we now hear often.

LISTEN TO THIS SHOW! Find the Charlie Miller remaster!

20 years into my Phish listening "career", and they still blow me away. Legendary.


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