, attached to 2000-06-14

Review by Campster

Campster Hard to review this show as it is so unique and such a magically wonderful experience to listen to. Obviously much has been written, but simply put, it's a show the likes of which never occurred previously and will never occur again. One of the best of all time. On to the music!

A set opening Carini is of course welcome, and this version is blessed with a slightly tired/droopy/druggy feeling injected into the customary head banging. At just under ten minutes it's not overly expansive, but do not be fooled, this version settles into an appropriately raging jam accentuated by Trey's reverse, millennial guitar tone followed by an excellent groovey sequence which Mike/Fish propel and Trey punctuates.

The Curtain>Cities is an atypical pairing, but wholly fits as a counterpoint to the opening Carini. Both songs are well played and the Cities carries more of that droopy, druggy serenity in its most enjoyable jam portion, which stretches patiently.

The Gumbo -> Llama segment is probably the highlight of the first set (although that's really personal preference considering the top to bottom quality). The Gumbo carries a phenomenal spacey jam segment that fits right into the mood of the show and veers organically into rocking territory out of which a shredding Llama emerges in most pleasing fashion.

Fee, Heavy Things might not look appealing on paper and could rightly be called the only "weak" spot in the set. But truthfully they don't feel totally out of place (and I have a soft spot for Fee). The bookend of SOAM helps displace the slight lull in the action with a fantastic set concluding jam. Don't sleep on this excellent version and stay for the humorous Trey banter... take nourishment before set II!

Overall, it's an overlooked set due to the unrelenting quality of music to follow, but much like the 11/17/97 type of shows, just because one set is truly best of all time quality, does not diminish the preceding or subsequent standout music found here. Highlights: Set should be consumed in full, but if you haven't the time, the Gumbo -> Llama is a personal favorite.

Set II is hard to describe, so I won't really, beyond saying it's canonical Phish. Perhaps the one set I'd take to the grave & certainly in the conversation. Mileage may vary if you only get your jollies from Trey theatrics.

Back on the Train is the opener and perhaps one of the finest versions ever, without even going type II. It's a totally engaging and masterfully executed jam and rocks and rollicks the listener in perfect fashion. After limbering up we dive into the Twist -> Jam -> Walk Away -> Jam -> 2001 segment, which is as good as it looks, replete with unbelievable spacey and ethereal jamming, a patient segue that equals the 7/22/97 DWD->Mike's in it's execution & of course a set closing 2001 exclamation point from a time when the tune was, simply put, better.

The encore is perfection personified to my ears. It's super mellow and simply lulls us to a conclusion with a well executed Sleep and a perfectly satisfying Coil. Easy 5/5 - obviously should be a top 5 Phish show of all time.


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