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Review by Pjfmc
The opening SOAM is great. I try to just stay in the moment listening to shows, especially earlier shows, and not compare this to the many great SOAMs to come. This SOAM rips. After ATR, YEM gets off to an amusingly rocky start, but the band recovers and the jamming is very good, the Mike 'n Fish portion in particular made me smile. The vocal jam's immediate decent into chaos is also fun. Seriously give this YEM, at least the jam, a couple two tree listens... you won't regret it. Trey gets another chance to show off during Maze. I agree with the previous review on Weigh, it does seem... off but they get back together with Landlady and launch into a really great Bowie jam. The composed section might bother you if you're a huge stickler for accuracy, Page has some rough moments. But the jam is excellent. If you only listen to two songs from this show listen to the YEM and the Bowie. Hold Your Head Up>Love You>Cold as Ice is fun, vacuum solos almost never really translate into something enjoyable for me on recordings but this one is almost not annoying at all. It's fun to hear them get silly after that great Bowie jam and then take the show home. It's really great to hear jazzy Phish on A Train and as noted Trey laughs through Jim which made me smile. The recording has crowd noise and some Trey banter before the encores which was nice. The encores are good. Ok!
It's a pretty run-of-the-mill Phish show which means that it is very good! I enjoyed the whole thing and the YEM and the Bowie jams are both well worth revisiting. So that's three smiles, two recommended songs and 18 buckets of popcorn and two sodas.