, attached to 1997-08-08

Review by headyburritos

headyburritos Come for the Gumbo, stay for the Wolfman's. This show is definitely a little bit lower on the totem pole of shows during this summer tour run, but still has some stuff worth checking out. It is also a pretty short show, with each set coming in at just about an hour.

Gumbo has a really interesting section of "funk-but-not-funk" that kind of fits the 97 funk bill, but also does some unique things that separate it from a lot of other jams this tour. I really like how it kind of just dissolves into Lizards. I like that pairing a lot and it seemed to flow really well in this show. The rest of the first set is pretty standard Phish; the only thing that really stands out is It's Ice with a nice little breakdown jam in the middle.

Second set starts off hot with a funky Wolfman's that covers a lot of ground and is definitely a highlight of this show. The -> Free is really nice too, and I think that stretch of jamming from Wolfman's through Free is pretty solid stuff. The set seems to drop off after that, with little jamming to speak of and some odd song choices. LxL is standard-good stuff, but a mid-second-set Loving Cup seems out of place, and follow that up with Prince Caspian and you have a little bit of a lull happening. Chalkdust somewhat redeems this set, but then it also ends right after that.

I personally enjoy the IDEA of guest sit ins, but they hardly ever go over well in actuality. The novelty of this sit in is really cool, but doesn't have a ton of re-listen value. I think it would have been more well-received if Phish had played some of their own tunes without a guest for the encore, instead of leaving fans with an entirely guested encore.
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