, attached to 1996-08-10

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: My Friend, My Friend: Standard.

Poor Heart: Standard. >

AC/DC Bag: Well jammed, really fun version. >

Fee: Standard. >

Reba Thrilling version! No signature moment but tons of high energy moments in the last 90 seconds that make this version one that should be revisited:

I Didn't Know: Standard.

The Horse > Silent in the Morning: Standard.

Rift: Standard. >

Bathtub Gin: Solid offering, nicely jammed. Killer trills at the end. Has a Santana type of vibe to it.

Cavern: Standard.

SET 2: Wilson: Standard. >

Down with Disease: Sound issues that start around 7:39. Snap, crackle, and pops. This goes on for a full minute. I think they may have shifted to a Page led jam on the baby grand while the tech guys figured out the issue? Because pretty much as soon as Page's jam starts the sound issues disappear. Trey wrests control back from Page in the early 10's and wails tastefully. >

Scent of a Mule: If you like really weird songs with yelling and screaming and Sunshine of Your Love – then you will enjoy this.

Free: Standard.

Fluffhead: Standard.

Hold Your Head Up > Whipping Post[3] > Hold Your Head Up: Standard. Funny banter.

Harry Hood: Standard. Pretty middle of the road but Page and Trey do have a nice little few minute love affair early on in the jam that would be worth a listen. >

A Day in the Life: Standard.

ENCORE: Contact – Trey is quite sloppy leading into the Page/Mike funk piece. >

Fire: Standard.

Summary: This is a solid Phish show, the biggest show that they had ever played. Of course that would be eclipsed just six days later. But this was a big moment for the band, and they were basically ready for it and performed well enough. No huge highlights outside of the Reba though. The rating of 4.233/5 (120 ratings) on Phish.net seems far to strong for me. I would hit this in the 3.8 out of 5 neighborhood.

Replay Value: Reba, Down with Disease.


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