, attached to 1998-11-20

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This is surely a wide-roving setlist! I'm not very familiar with Fall 1998, or even 1998 as a whole, but I'm kind of smacking myself right now that I hadn't branched out into it more, since 1999 when Hampton Comes Alive first came out. (At that time, which was significantly before the release of Hampton/Winston-Salem '97, a lot of phans on rec.music.phish were wishing those shows had been released instead of these Hampton shows.) The Gary Glitter cover to open the show is probably an obvious crowd-pleaser... Meat goes into a sort of ambient, loopy jam, unusually. Stash, Possum, and Split Open and Melt are the longer songs of the set, but I dig the Driver with Trey on acoustic guitar, at the moment. The Bathtub Gin to open the second set is typically churning, and hits a nice, intense-yet-liberatory peak. Piper is of the slow-build variety, but doesn't go Type II. The next big thing to remark upon in this show, for me--other than Axilla I's pervasive replacement of Axilla Part II haha--is the Gettin' Jiggy Wit It cover of Will Smith. As silly as it may sound, Fish actually coaxes some really interesting rhythms, phrasing, and timbre from his vacuum, LOL! Then, to close out the show, Hood goes on a nice, melodic journey (with a bit of synth-type bass effect from Mike in the Thank You, Mr. Minor part) and Cavern sets us into the wild blue yonder featuring Carl "Gears" Gerhard on trumpet. The Hampton Comes Alive moment in Phishtory was really important for a phan like myself, having just gotten turned on to Phish in 1998, and maybe phanwide, with the exposure gained and the Grammy award for packaging.


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