, attached to 1995-12-31

Review by aybesea

aybesea This show is a bona fide classic and has been reviewed ad nauseum. I won't try to do a PBP, but in keeping with reviewing the NYE run from '95 I'm just doing a notes thing:

Set 1 - Reba Jam is very good and there's a massive Coil (this one never gets its due... Page is a shining star), the rest of the set is solid but as expected.

Set 2 - The Drowned Jam is really good, though the song proper is pretty rough (I think it usually is... not my favorite Phish) and the ->Lizards is perfect. Jim is superb and Mike's is the highlight of the show (along with its third set counterpart).

Set 3 - The Groove to go with the Set 2 Mike's picks up with a vengeance... one of the very best ever! I'm pretty much a Mike's Groove junkie and this one lives up to the hype. Page does a gorgeous job on Sea & Sand... no jams but wonderful. Then comes the second monster of the third set, the 25 minute YEM... and it's a great one.

Another note about the show in general is that the song selection is pretty eclectic. This would have been a good one to cross off a bunch of chasers. I don't personally find it as satisfying as some of the more predictable set lists, but it's a goodie.

I know that this is the famous show from the run, but I personally find myself going back to 12/29 Worcester more often... I think that its a better played show, at least from a jam perspective.


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