, attached to 1996-10-18

Review by DaReba

DaReba the first set is a standard arena rock display by the boys. Very signature of the open ambient loud train sound that they were perfecting since moving to larger venues in 94.
The Divided Sky is worth listen. But the Runaway Jim opener is the real treat of the first set.

This is second set is something to behold as a Phish phan. This is audience and band as one . Suzy is an old faithful that gets you felling nostalgic.
This Maze is what you pay admission for. WOW. Page gives a great pr amble to Trey going ambient train rock on us. At this point he was content falling back into the frame the rest of the band has mad. Here he takes it to a frenetic , at one point scary, peak. awesome. Must listen

They follow with a perfect, masterful You Enjoy Myself.I've been listening straight through to 97 when the funk really starts. But in the jam when trey n mike trampoline. You can hear Fish real y laying down universal funk. nOt vermont clumsy rock funk. The jam that proceeds is a soaring rock venus. The vocal jam is spectacular!! you can hear someone in the crowd scream "Trey for President!"

Reba!!!!! They nail the written part. The venue lent to the dynamics sounding otherworldly. As beautiful as the song can get is the jam that follows. they could have never peaked loudly and it still would have been a masterpiece. At the 9 minute mark they had been coasting. and you know they weren't going to stay there lol it's interesting to note how quiet this enthused crowd was throughout Fish's drums lock in soon (then Trey takes over with a Jedi-jam )after and the rest of the boys build a swelling groove. Pretty. Awesome.

waste let's the boys get their breath. and the end licks by trey fill an arena and this song is perfect for the band phish is at the time. the 10/21/96 almost put me over the edge in the arena. this is comparable.

A good Hood follows. With one more whopper in the set this would be a top 10 all time.

Great playing throughout. and we know they get better!!


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