Ending the tour with a bang, this show ranges the best parts of the first tour of this particular year. Set one continues to ratchet up the intensity through the set-finishing Run Like An Antelope. The closing set of the month rages, including a great Mike’s Groove and layers of band member solo sections that sent early tour heads out with the knowledge that the band was at a peak.
Friday night at a condo complex… and its not the 80s. This show rocks from start to stop, making it far from underrated. However, it did not find wide circulation until the BitTorrent era began. The first set displays a band playing at the top of their game, with a fantastic Runaway Jim opener and three jam chart tracks before the break. Set two is a tour de force: strong, crafty, masterful. Split, McGrupp, and YEM will take your face off.
Pre-show rain causes a change of location within the same venue. This show starts solidly before a great Stash and mid-set Squirming Coil. Set two makes an interesting listen with deft playing and a nasty, short Down With Disease. The back of the set features a fantastic Harpua and a gorgeous take on Slave to The Traffic Light.
The ability to instruct a crowd using musical cues is another check in the win column for Phish. This episode puts you right at the early stages of that on a night in Portsmouth, NH. Signals abound the night after the first Secret Language Lesson. What really sets this night apart is how good both sets are overall. Get in on the secret with Episode 16.
Party time! A high-energy show from a defunct New York City club is pulled from the Cavern wall. Really tight playing is the trend with this one and John Popper joins in on a couple songs. Phish takes it past the 3AM hour in Tribeca with some Saturday Night Fever of their own.