, attached to 1997-07-01

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks The second set is justly praised for its 40-minute Gin > Cities > Jam(s) and startling Timber opener, which are as good as their reputation, but the first set shouldn't be overlooked. The new tunes make a strong showing, and the audience pays rapt attention: Ghost gets an early workout (though the explosion came two days later), you can hear a pin drop during the delicate transition from Limb to Ain't Love Funny, and the rest of the set is just top-drawer small-venue Phish, all detailed miniatures and pregnant pauses. The 'When the Circus Comes' encore would be a weirdly dispiriting choice at a stateside show, but it's perfect here - which, if you know the song, should give you a decent idea of the show's vibe. The two Amsterdam shows really stand alone in the middle of a generative Europe tour; the Paradiso brings something out of Phish which (luckily) translates to tape, and 7/1 and 7/2 are the deep dark must-hear shows of early summer '97.


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