, attached to 1993-08-03

Review by SlavePhan

SlavePhan THE GOOD: After Phish totally destroyed the Tampa area, they took a breather with this show. The highlights here start with a fiery Jim opener, which, while not as good as the Jones Beach version from 7/23 a week earlier, features a beautiful climax. Also of note is a Stash that meanders until it hits the 7:30 mark, where upon the band locks in an eerie 8-note phrase and things pick up wonderfully. YEM is also strong, featuring a nearly perfect Trey note and one of the better vocal jams of the year. If you're up for some Trey shred, have a listen to this Llama.

THE BAD: The band left it all out on the floor the night before and this show is somewhat moderated as a result. Set 1 has a particularly tepid setlist, while the second set only runs about 25 minutes until YEM starts, and is somewhat short in general. A Sparkle in the meat of set 2 doesn't help much, either.

ETC: The amphitheater in Miami is right on the water, but also just a few miles East of the Miami-Dade airport; you can hear jets roaring overhead in both Foam and Golgi. Listen for an "Entry of the Gladiators" tease in Fee by Page (2:00) and the crowd cheer when Trey relents and sings the verses through a megaphone. The crowd sings along to Lengthwise and continues even though Fish drops out to start Maze. The band teases "Could you Be Loved" by Bob Marley at about the 12:05 mark - this YEM also features eerie whistling in the nirvana section, something that would pop up throughout the rest of the summer.

BOTTOM LINE: 3/5 A few strong points, but this one is pretty straight-forward with an uneventful setlist.


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