, attached to 1996-11-02

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround The sound on this Live Phish release is out of this world. The aud tapes I had of this show back in the day were awesome but this LP board is next level.

SET 1: Ya Mar: Perfect with Karl.

Julius: Face melter, ripped very hard.

Fee: Standard ->

Taste: Very nice but they have all kinds of struggles with the end.

Cavern: Standard >

Stash: Absolutely sensational peak!

The Lizards: Fantastic version.

Free: Well jammed with plenty of Trey’s effects, extra heavy on percussion as Trey is on his kit and Karl does his thing.

Johnny B. Goode: Another face melter to close out the set.

First set summary: Just a killer first set. The sound is as dialed in as you can hope for the setlist is well constructed. Would recommend Stash as it has definite replay value.

SET 2: Crosseyed and Painless: Hope I am not being to hyperbolic when I say this truly set in motion a new and different course for the band. Yes, I understand they played this at Halloween. But not like this. This one ones wild and they take many risks in delving out into the far depths of space they way they did. Trey hangs way back for a good bit of this jam and that whole band/groove based jamming is realized perhaps for the first time? If not the first time, then the first time it has been this prominent. Anyway, I will never forget sitting on my porch in college on a beautiful fall afternoon with a friend and we actively listened to this for the first time and we were completely blown away and for good reason. So much new ground had just been broken. ->

Run Like an Antelope: Out of a huge wall of sound at the and of the C & P jam emerges the opening notes of Antelope. Couldn’t imagine witnessing this, no rest for the wicked! This one will give no quarter as it another face melter in a show full of them. Waste: This was needed and they completely nail it. Beautiful, emotional version.

Harry Hood: As if this set could get any better, it does just that. This Hood is fantastic and the band pouring their heart and soul into this one – on this night, they truly gave all and it shows up once again in this Harry Hood. >

A Day in the Life, Sweet Adeline – Standard.

ENCORE: Funky Bitch – Percussion overload in a good way as hometown boy Butch Trucks gets in on the fun and Trey reveals that it was Butch that took them fishing on this morning as Trey had talked about earlier in set one.

Set two summary: One of the best sets of the year and frankly their career considering the historical significance of how their sound evolved from this point on. C & P, Antelope, Waste and Hood all have tremendous replay value. This set is a crowning achievement in a career full of them. I would rate this show as a 4.75 of 5.


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