, attached to 1996-12-28

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Runaway Jim: Standard.

NICU: Standard.

Wolfman's Brother: Standard.

It's Ice: Killer loops from Trey in the jam. Shades of what is to come in less than 60 days.

Billy Breathes: Standard.

Ginseng Sullivan: Standard.

Split Open and Melt: Standard.

The Mango Song: Standard.

Frankenstein: Standard.

SET 2: Makisupa Policeman: Gotta love the “Stink, Stank, Stunk,” key words, nod to the Grinch. Great opener and melts into…. ->

Maze: Great Maze, Trey really sustains the build and explodes into the climax. That sustain before the climax is like an airplane taking off.

Bouncing Around the Room: Standard.

Digital Delay Loop Jam: Killer, LOVE this. ->

The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday: Standard. >

Avenu Malkenu: Standard. >

Mike's Song: Dear God, I love this version so much. Can play it in my head pretty much. Major hints of 97 as most of the first jam is a laid back funk jam. This segment reminds me of the 10.29.96 version, Fish definitely has that Perazzo influence working here. So good! Post tramps segment has one of the most hosed out, prettiest jam’s you’ll ever hear. Has major Simple vibes. The last three minutes features Page leading the way, mostly on the baby grand that leads into a beautiful segue…->

Strange Design: Is it me or does Page get a bit choked up during this? >

Weekapaug Groove: Rage > Funk > Rage > Page solo, has a ragtime feel. I believe it is Fish that scat sings along to a good bit of this softly in the background but it could and probably is Page considering how closely it’s in tune with what’s being played on the piano. Really sweet jam! Reminds me of Page’s solo in the last four minutes of Tweezer from 12.17.95.

The Star Spangled Banner: Dedicated to Kate Smith, who used to sing God Bless America at Flyers’ home hockey games. ???? at the dude trying to get a Let’s go Rangers chant going here.

ENCORE: Johnny B. Goode: Ripped hard!

Summary: Very little to write home about in that first set. Ice was cool. As for replay value for the whole show: Maze, Mike’s, and Weekapaug. Mike’s is amazing. I take issue with jam charts saying the first jam is below average. That is very ???? to me. This is a solid show, I feel like the current rating of 3.9 on phish.net is right on the money. I am good for a 3.9 out of 5. Page OWNS this show.


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