, attached to 1999-10-10

Review by qushner

qushner Y'all: this is a total sleeper of a show. Textbook example of a show that looks mediocre on paper, but is actually something special.

First set features a string of "new" songs, all capably performed, followed by a cooldown in Dirt. Then, as others have noted, a highlight of a Vultures, and (here's where you need to start paying attention) possibly the Last Great Stash of the Classic Phish Era. Second set opens with a mysterious ambient jam, that leads into what is certainly the Last Great YEM of the Classic Phish Era (and possibly any era), and then some other stuff happens.

Look, every show has its headlines: this night the big stuff was wrapped around setbreak. The beginning moves right along; the ending... well, it's not like it completely falls apart. Put it all together, it's a nice way to spend a few hours!

All these years later, this show and Las Cruces 9/22 remain my go-to Fall 1999 tapes. No, I didn't mispronounce Boise—you heard me correctly! No, I didn't confuse one night of Albany for the other! To continue with this blasphemous talk, since December 1999 (inclusive of Big Cypress) is mostly overrated, and Summer 1999 is just kind of weird and icky (at least the North American part), I think these two shows get the most attention from me out of this entire strange (and sometimes wonderful) year. Anyways, give it a listen, and see what you think....


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