, attached to 1999-12-18

Review by DriedupGoliath

DriedupGoliath This show is very fun and well-played, but not without it's drawbacks.

The Hood opener is absolutely beautiful, and seems to draw the crowd in very well. Chicken Shack is well-played, but I've never been a big fan of the blues cover. I much prefer Jesus Just Left Chicago or Funky Bitch if they want to delve in to the blues. Dog Log is a great setlist choice, and a big rarity at the time (it still is.) Tube is good, not great, and fun. Heavy Things, Back on the Train, First Tube, and the Inlaw Josie Wales are all standard cuts from Farmhouse, which just came out. The YEM that closes the set is straight fire and one of the best late 1.0 versions I've ever heard. The only late 90's YEM that are better than this are 7/31/97, 11/28/97, 7/15/99 and 10/10/99. Trey's playing is superb and incredibly varied- he starts out with ska-like rhythm guitar, letting Mike lead the jam early, then explodes out of the gates with true rock god heroics. Amazing jam.

The 2001>Sand is 1999 Phish groove in it's most dense form. The 2001 is average great. The jam up until the first verse is a bit repetitive, but the jam in between verses, with heavy teasing of "Do You Feel Like we Do?" is fantastic. Sand, like most versions, starts to heat up late in the game after the typical delay-loop, repetitive jamming. It's one of the better versions of this particular type of Sand (I believe 3.0 versions of Sand, particularly the funk beasts we're getting in 2012, are superior to the 1.0 versions of Sand.) They seem a bit lost at times during Horse>Silent. The beginning of Possum is weirdly flubbed- doesn't seem like a song that usually would receive the flub treatment. Otherwise, it's a typically rocking version of the song. Mike's>Simple is fairly standard, but Weekapaug is incredible. The segue into Buffalo Bill in the middle is great, and features inspired jamming to achieve the segue. In terms of "cool" segues, this rates up there with the 9/17/00 Theme>Dog Log, the 10/24/95 You Enjoy Myself>Sleeping Monkey, and the 10/21/95 Good Times Bad Times>Tweezer Reprise. They slam back into Weekapaug Groove with force, and tear the rest of the song apart. Amazing Mike's Groove, mainly for the Weekabuffalo Groove.


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