, attached to 1997-02-17

Review by TweezerWaves

TweezerWaves This is one of my favorite shows to listen to. Phish brings the heat from start to finish. The first set makes me think of early-90s Phish in how each song is insanely energetic and well-played. This Divided Sky is one of my favorite live versions to listen back to as the pause is brief and the jam is ferocious. Guyute is also played well to my ears and the evil part just rips. Trey does some really nice work during the Timber jam with Mike and Fish absolutely crushing the beat as they always do during this song. Bathtub Gin doesn’t get as crazy or awesome as the other version from the Amsterdam box set, but this version is excellent with Trey really digging into his solo. Soul Shakedown Party, Wilson, and Llama are fierce and fit into the flow of the set very well.

This second set is perfect to me. It touches on a little bit of everything Phish does well. I like how the coil opener melts into DWD, and it’s on from there. The segue into Carini and the song portion of Carini is slow and pure evil. A couple notable moments of this set to me is the connection between Fish and Trey that you can hear at about 4 minutes into Carini and during the segue from Taste into DWD ending. In both instances, Trey starts to lead the band in a new direction by hitting a fast-paced riff in Carini and melding the Taste solo into DWD. Fish immediately picks up on this each time Trey initiates the change and alters his drumming to fit the guitar riff immediately. Mike and Page dominate during the song portion of Carini as both sound very trancelike and evil making me feel like I’m alone walking down a back alley with my friend who has a knife. The YEM tease in Carini shows just how on top of that jam Fishman was. Trey shines during Taste, and Prince Caspian serves as a Hood or Slave in this spot with a soaring, reflective, and feel good Trey solo that closes this set much better than I expected it to. 5 stars for the whole show.


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