, attached to 1998-07-16

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads I really like the setlist for this show, and everything is well played. The Squirming Coil is relatively rare to open a show, and it's a great version. NICU following feels to me kind of like starting the over again, not because of any malfunctions during Coil, but just because it's in such stark contrast to the bona fide opener. Reba is a very nice version which other reviews explain was somewhat choreographed/synchronised to the sunset > Fast Enough for You > When the Circus Comes for a nice, mellow sequence before the set closes with Run Like an Antelope, which has some playful little experimentations in the first segment of the song (a trend which would re-emerge during the first few minutes of The Moma Dance, in Set II.) I think this is probably my favorite late-1.0 Antelope behind 12/30/99. Julius to open Set II is Jamcharted, but I don't hear what's so special about it above and beyond regular Julius territory... The Moma Dance, as I said, though, feels funkily loose in that Mike switches up his bassline during the intro a bit. It's probably the version of Moma truest to its derivation from Black-Eyed Katy that I've ever heard, in that respect. David Bowie has a lengthy introduction but/and peaks pretty hard, Tube is an above-average version, and you get a pleasant Slave to the Traffic Light to wrap it up, followed by a friendly Sample in a Jar encore. Maybe it's to do with the well-equalised recording available on phish.in' for this show, but I don't hesitate to give it 4-out-of-5 stars.
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