, attached to 1996-10-27

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Runaway Jim, Punch You in the Eye: Standard.

AC/DC Bag: Has a bit more juice than normal and the crowd reciprocates in kind.

Fee: Standard >

Scent of a Mule -> Catapult[1] -> Scent of a Mule: Not a mule fan at all but this is notable for Mike’s notable bellowing Catapult vocals following Page playing it on the spooky theremin.

Split Open and Melt: Has a cool In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida tease but outside of that this is a rather bland rendition.

Talk: Standard.

Taste: This from .net: “First version with a "Norwegian Wood" (the Beatles) tease, although this one did not signify the end of the jam section. In the future, much debate would ensue over the chordal riff signaling the song's conclusion - "NICU" (which this riff MOST CLEARLY RESEMBLES part of the melody of), "Norwegian Wood," and later, "What's The Use" all entering the discussion.”

My take on all of this – so I am embarrassed to say I had never thought of NICU as resembling a piece of the Taste jam, but it sure does, see 5:04. There is clearly a Norwegian Wood tease in here but you can here that in many, many versions of Taste, it’s practically a part of the ending to the jam more often than not? I sure as hell never heard any What’s the Use in this version of Taste.

Suzy Greenberg: Page showing off a bit here for his dad, nice showcase for him as he deftly switches between his instruments.

First set summary: Nothing here that I would ever revisit. Very bland. Somewhere in here Trey talks about how Page’s dad was at the show and how the band and the fans are like one big family and inviting everyone out to dinner after the show, tongue in cheek.

SET 2: Chalk Dust Torture, Bathtub Gin, Rift > Prince Caspian > Ya Mar: Standard, enjoyable listening sure – but nothing stands out at all.

Tweezer, Fluffhead: Good segment. Nothing crazy, very average versions but they certainly anchor the second set.

Life on Mars? > Tweezer Reprise. ENCORE: Possum, Carolina – All of this sounds fine to my ears. I appreciated Life on Mars? After the Tweezer, Fluff combo.

Second set summary: It’s like they were holding back for Halloween, but that isn’t really true because they threw down on 10.29. Not sure what the band’s mindset was here. But this is a tame Phish show. I would rate this as a 3.3 out of five.


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