, attached to 1996-12-06

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads "Oh, God," as Fishman says several times in this show! I'm underexposed to 1996, outside of some of the archival releases (of which this is one.) But the band's chops were hot at this point in Phishtory. Curiously, I don't perceive Mike to be taking much of a leading role in this show. I think Fishman is more driving the bus at this point. There are probably obvious implications to that involving the "grid"-style playing Phish was said to have been going for at this time, or the continuing presence of the percussion rack. I'll leave that to someone more knowledgeable. To get down to brass tacks: there are some quote-unquote gimmicky segments to this show, arguably: You Enjoy Myself has a donuts vocal jam (nice to coincidentally revisit this show so soon after the Baker's Dozen!), and of course the encore is the stuff of legend. Down with Disease in the first set is really fiery, though, and the Mike's Groove is remarkable. Simple gets very pretty. The Harpua in the encore is also notable (as if it weren't already notable enough) for being played in a 4/4 time signature, in contrast to its usual 7/8.


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