Debut Years (Average: 1989)

This show was part of the "1996 Summer European Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1996-07-07

Review by The_Ghost

The_Ghost Well done opener with Sample. Trey tends to start this one off key in the 90s from the few I've heard, but this one he comes in clean and the band stays tight through this set.

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Again, This show is another one I feel is underrated. I think everyone should listen to this week of Phish. This is the 4th of 6 shows that seem to have been lost simply because they are short. I hate that so many of the fans look for long jams and long sets over what can be some quality playing.
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Divided Sky is always good to me. I was curious about Bouncin' to follow DS, I did some research and it only happened 4 other times and never since 1996-11-15 which was the only time since this show. Bouncin' has come before Divided Sky on several occasions, and I think it fits better there. Most recently as of this writing is 2015-08-05.

Curtain > Tweezer has a nice tight transition. No hesitation the entire band knew what was coming and when it was coming.

This could be my 1.0 ignorance coming out, but as Tweezer is always a good jam for improv and there are so many unique Tweezers out there, this one is very unlike any I have heard before. I imagine it may be more of an era thing than just this one show. Unfortunately I do not yet have the knowledge to make that discerning statement. Don't get me wrong, this not a negative, in fact I really dig it, hope to see that it is truly all over 1.0 as I dive in.

Sweet Adeline, like 2 days prior to this show, was a cappella, and for that I... I just can't. Sorry but Phish is not a barbershop quartet and I don't care to ever hear them try to be.

Uncle Pen is a great song, Phish makes it sound amazing.

Not a recommended version of Cavern for sure, it gets loose and seems too forced, I mean I still like it but of all of them I have heard this one is pretty far down the list.

>Run Like an Antelope > Suzy caught me off guard I wasn't paying attention and really thought I was about to get a tweeprise there. Again my 1.0 ignorance is probably going to show here, but the Antelope had a much slower steadier entrance than I am used to, and I enjoyed that quite a lot. I'm not sure what else to say. I'd put this up there of all the Antelopes I have heard. I don't want to go crazy until I get about 100 shows of 1.0 in. I try not to think everything I just heard is the best ever like some folks.

I'm not going to lie, I like Suzy but I think a tweeprise would have been better here.

Overall I cannot believe I am the first to review this show, and so few rankings. Short but worth listening to here. The download from hoydog's spreadsheet is pretty nice quality and it is worth it. Give it a go.
, attached to 1996-07-07

Review by SethG

SethG After a bunch of train rides (Pistoia to Florence to Milan), we got to Milan with a smaller crew due to many staying behind at the Pistoia Jazz Festival to see Bob Dylan play. As then name states, this was actually a water park and most people were there for the swimming rather than the show. The line up was DOA, Phish then Santana. Phish's set was stellar with 10 songs - by far the most of the Europe Tour to that point. The D. Sky was was especially good and holds up to any I've heard since. After one of the worst Bouncins ever (take a listen), The Curtain into Tweezer was fantastic - seamless segue! Some country for the locals with a word of introduction by Trey and a standard great Antelope, Suzie ended an awesome show. Overnight train to France for the upcoming shows.
, attached to 1996-07-07

Review by mortinni936

mortinni936 Everything worth mentioning about this show has been outlined by The_Ghost. BUT, I would like to agree that this Tweezer is indeed different and very awesome. The intensity builds until everything is swelling with tone and power. Definitely a stand out from these first couple of dates in Europe and I was honestly surprised to not see it as a Jam Chart version. This Tweezer deserves a listen if nothing else.
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