, attached to 1999-12-18

Review by Palmer

Palmer Something about Hampton which brings out the best in Phish.
SET 1- Harry Hood-One of my favorite Hood's was done here in 11-22-97, and again as an opener in Set 1. Very ambient and loopy with excellent musical improvisation, a full twenty minutes.
Back at the Chicken Shack- Nice cover, something covered throughout 99.
Dog Log- Eh, Seems like Trey enjoys this one more than the rest of us, IMO.
Tube- Energy full force, always a great listen and a good version worth the listen.
Heavy Things- Enjoyable to me, always had a special place in my heart for this one, having it be somewhat new at this time frame in late 99.
Back on the Train- Good little tune which keeps the energy alive and kicking.
First Tube- Trey always turning this one into a guitar solo shred fest, like the placement midset.
Inlaw Josie Wales- Trey on acoustic, it never gets old.
You Enjoy Myself- Great version, excellent ending to a good set.
2001- Awesome version, great set 2 opener.
Sand- Another Farmhouse throwdown with energy pumping in all directions.
The Horse > Silent in the Morning- Really Page always shines when this gets tossed on stage.
Possum- Great Tune, really (again) like the mid set placement.
Mike's Song- Excellent version, really dig the late 99 Mike's.
Simple- Again, we can't go wrong with either Simple or Hydrogen.
Buffalo Bill- Those tricky fellas, a nice rare treat in the middle of this gigantic Page Sandwich we all were eating.
Weekapaug Groove- Closer, Game, Set, Match.

ENCORE- Ya Mar- Mike Mike Mike!
Sleeping Monkey- Not so bad.

Highlights for me- Hood was as good as they come, if not one of the top 5 IMO, I am a sucker for the ambient space like Hood's. This is my favorite Phish song so when the nail this, I am happy anyway regardless of the rest of the setlist.
Yem- always special, vocal or no vocal jam, a great song to hear live and or on repeat regarding which version you enjoy they all seem to be unique.
SET 2 - 2001 > Sand did it for me, love the flow of music as the set progressed.
Encore- Ya Mar is excellent in my opinion. I am giving another Hampton 5 stars.


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