, attached to 2000-09-17

Review by The__Van

The__Van A well played Guyute opener is unexpected but welcome. The ugly pig starts us off nicely. BOTT is typical in late 1.0 set 1s and is rather unremarkable here. Gin surprises early on with an 18 minute type 1 jam once again retreading territory from 6/28. But it's a good retread! It seems every Gin after 6/28 through the end of the year chased the rocking high they found there. It is good Phish nonetheless. LxL has a fine peak as does Moma although the latter ends a bit before the true peak comes. Page croons his way through Lawn Boy like the seasoned pro he is. Call me a bit surprised to see Fluffhead next. It's great anytime they bust it out especially around this time when it was becoming more of a rarity. This Fluff is played well and the peak is really nailed of course. End of set right? Nope. The 2nd Curtain With since '88 gives us a nice jam this time. Excellently played stuff. Surely that's the end of the set right? Nope. Chalk Dust drops in with furious set closing energy and honestly it's better than it has any right to be. Finally after nearly 1 hour and 45 minutes the set ends.

Why such a long first set? I'm not sure but I'm sure as hell not complaining. Guyute, Fluffhead, The Curtain With, and an 18 minute Gin all in the same set!

Set 2 begins with a largely type 1 Rock and Roll for the first 12 minutes but then it breaks into a cool spacey melodic groove. Lovely stuff really. Amidst the spacey loops post R&R, Fish starts tapping his hi-hat signaling Theme. What a strong version this is. Stays mostly type 1 but maybe also type 1.5 here and there. After the traditional end of the song the band decides to keep grooving for a bit before Fish starts up the beat for Dog Log. I wish they'd play this goofy number a bit more often. Mango is always great to hear whether or not it has a jam. Lucky for me this has one! Percussive jams aren't my favorite but this jam has some interesting strangeness to it that gives it a memorable quality. Free should close sets more. Contact > Rocky Top is a bit weird for an encore but I am here for it.

So you have a longer than average set 1 and a great set 2. Definitely stick around for the Curtain With, the last 5 minutes of R&R, Theme -> Dog Log and Mango.


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