, attached to 1998-08-15

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround PHISH, SATURDAY 08/15/1998
Limestone, ME

SET 1:

Mike's Song: Very interesting that they chose to kick off the festival with this when just the show before they dropped an all timer Mike’s. Bit of a head scratcher. >

Simple: Standard. >

Beauty of My Dreams: Standard.

Roggae: Standard.

Split Open and Melt: Standard.

Poor Heart: Standard.

The Moma Dance: Standard.

Divided Sky: Ripped big time! Would recommend.

Water in the Sky: Standard. >

Funky Bitch: Standard. >

Cities: Lots of great Trey banter in this one. >

Weekapaug Groove: Quite the up tempo version.

SET 2:

The Wedge:

Reba: Outstanding version. It doesn’t have a big, signature climax but the body of work is notable and it’s a very lengthy version too.

Gumbo: This journey begins with the infectious rhythm of a "Manteca"-inspired jam, setting the stage for a memorable jam. As the musical tapestry unfolds, the initial cadence seamlessly transitions into the familiar strains of "Tweezer Reprise," gradually gaining momentum. The seamless segue into "Sanity" becomes a moment of revelation. Easy all timer and highly recommended. ->

Sanity: All the creepy false endings are what set this one apart from other versions. >

Tweezer: >

The Horse > Silent in the Morning: Standard. >

Chalk Dust Torture: Standard.

Slave to the Traffic Light: Surprised to hear another tune played in back to back shows. But loved this one and it is indeed a very good Slave.

SET 3:

NICU: Standard. >

David Bowie[1] - Don’t be deceived by the length. There is a very, very long intro. Once they do get to the jam, it is long, but it didn’t grab my attention then or now.

Strange Design: Standard.

Limb By Limb: Standard. >

Brian and Robert: Woof at this placement.

Loving Cup: Standard.


Halley's Comet: Cool encore at the time. >

Cavern: Standard. >

Tweezer Reprise: Standard.

SET 4:

Ambient Jam: One of the coolest experiences I have ever had at a Phish show. Laying on my back watching the stars and listening to this was very memorable.

Summary: Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast. Very fun show. Set two was a lot of fun. Current rating on .net is 4.571/5 (>50 ratings). That is crazy inflated. I would hit this as a 3.8/5.

Replay Value: Divided Sky, Reba, Gumbo

[1] Lengthy intro.

This was the first show of the Lemonwheel festival. SOAM was played by request for an eight-year-old boy named Sam Jarvis. Cities and Halley’s Comet included alternate lyrics relating to the concert grounds. Gumbo included a Tweezer Reprise-esque jam. Sanity was played for the first time since Halloween 1996 (140 shows). Bowie included a lengthy intro and Mission: Impossible theme teases. After Tweezer Reprise, Trey made a long announcement thanking people for coming and remarked on the fun and joy of the summer concert festivals. He said that there would be some more music, played by the light of candles made that day by fans. The ensuing “ambient jam” was in the style of Brian Eno and was nearly an hour long and included Albert teases from Trey.
Ratings are currently offline.
Overall: 4.571/5 (>50 ratings)
Divided Sky, Gumbo, Tweezer, Limb By Limb, Loving Cup
Tweezer Reprise jam in Gumbo, Theme from Mission: Impossible tease in David Bowie, Albert tease in Ambient Jam


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