, attached to 1997-07-05

Review by ucpete

ucpete To take a step back from my reviewing all of Summer '97, I should mention that if @andrewrose or @waxbanks have already reviewed a show, it's safe to ignore my review altogether. Those guys know what's up and I really appreciate their analysis and writing, and largely agree with their opinions.

A free Phish show near Lake Como, one of the most picturesque places in all of Europe? Totally radical man. And for a one-setter, this one's solid! First off, the soundcheck is floating around as well, and it's pretty cool -- it sounds like the soundcheck was basically part of the show with a decent crowd. Tons of teases and noodling before they start playing Funky Bitch (Camel Walk, Chalkdust, etc.). Julius is pretty hot in the opening slot, and then the show gets a little worrisome for a second with Bouncing > Uncle Pen, Sample, but that's the end of the radio-friendly segment. This Theme is very good, and I think it's the first time this tour it's been played when Taste wasn't also played in the same show. This Caspian is excellent, and the segue into Twist is pretty slick with Mike hinting at Twist early and often before they actually take the jump. Normally seeing Piper after a wonderful funky Twist featuring a full on Groove is in the heart groove would make you drop trou', but this is before Piper was *Piper* and it's just sort of a 5 minute tack on at this point. I feel really good about this Hood, with an Odd Couple on the back of the worm. "Chris, can you turn off the lights so we can see the mountains" reminds us where Harry goes when the lights go out -- they also did this during 8/2/97 Gorge and the Went Hood too, both of which had glowstick wars (or so I'm told). It's nice to get some free Fishman antics, and after Poor Heart they rock their way off stage with Zer0 and GTBT before Coil peacefully sends everyone into the night. For a one-setter, this one is quite fun. As Andrew says, get the Twist, but go ahead and hear the whole stretch from Theme through Hood.
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