, attached to 1997-12-30

Review by dr_strangelove

dr_strangelove tl;dr - this is definitely must-hear material. There is a reason why, as of the date of this review (04-22-2020) that this show is listed #2 as Phish's greatest concerts ever.

My highlights:

1) Sneakin' Sally: bust out is played with palpable excitement. Mike using talk box effect. Super funky
2) Taste: brilliantly executed. Trey's noodly-jamming really shines and great peak ~8 min in
3) *Stash*: Flirts with insanity and starts seething at the mouth with rabies-filled dissonance. Very strong version.
4) *AC/DC Bag*: Starts strong with the funk with Mike taking lead. At ~16 min., Tret starts this highly psychedlic/trippy loop which dissolves into bliss. At ~21 min, Trey comes charging back in to lead the band into full-on attack mode. Must hear
5) *McGrupp*: OMG, I freaking love this counterpoint jam going on between Page and Trey. The darkness that develops when Fish and Mike come back in... Must hear.
6) Izabella: Trey slays
7) *Harry Hood*: Among the best Hoods I've ever heard. After reaching a gorgeous peak about 15 min in, suddenly it becomes a rocking blues jam (!?). WTF? The transition into "My soul" is smoothhhhhh
8) Sneakin' Sally (the return): This whole entire encore is amazing, but the transition from BEK back into Sneaking Sally to cap the night... Wow. Bravo Phish, bravo
9) *Frankenstein*: Well if you are going to break curfew, might as well jam the f*** out of Frankenstein for good measure, right? There is ~ 4 minutes of extended ambient noise darkness and when Fishman jumps back on drums to execute the ending refrain of the song its one of the most "f*** yeah!!!" moments ever

Other notes:
-The "Slim Jim" Harpua is goofy, and the yelling of "hannibal lectur" during 500 miles is hilarious
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