, attached to 1997-07-31

Review by headyburritos

headyburritos Great show that is obviously overshadowed by the surrounding shows. Both sets reek of the mid to late 90s... and that's a great thing.

First set highlights - great Ghost > Ya Mar opener and really deep LxL. The set closing YEM has a really weird jam in it, but weird is always good.

The Jim that kicks off the second set is not talked about nearly enough. It is 23 minutes chock-full of gooey '97 weirdness. This Jim, as well as the later Mike's Groove, has a psychedelic sound that is not quite 94-96 Phish and not fully the Fall '97 funk that would develop over the next few months. I personally really like this type of sound; sometimes the funk can be too much and I need the chaotic jamming that Phish is so well known for. A very smooth -> When the Circus Comes and then a few classic late 90s tunes in Vultures and McGrupp, a song that grown on me the more I re-listen to summer '97 in which they seemed to play it somewhat frequently.

The Happy Birthday tease and shoutout to Jerry in Weekapaug was really cool to hear and I can only imagine what it would have been like to be at this show and hear Trey acknowledge the impact of Jerry's passing on the community. Love a rare cover for the encore!
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