1997 is well deservedly considered one of the best years of Phish by many. November 29th in Worcester, MA at the Centrum was no exception to the spectacular level of playing throughout the year. The legendary "Jim" usually takes all of the attention, however we'd like to direct your attention towards some other great moments from the night. After a standard couple of songs, the band kicks in to "The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday". The band hadn't played it for nearly a year (12/28/96 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia) and it showed. We typically like to look at exemplary Phish, but the beginning of this clip isn't exactly that. While there were flubs all over part one of this three-piece series, the drop into "Avenu Malkenu" along with the rest of the song was fantastic. The third piece, the segue back in to TMWSIY, was flawless. It was as if the band had been playing it every night for the past 10 years.
From there on out, the band did not look back. Other highlights during the first set include "Saw It Again" and "David Bowie". The second set is a classic five song 1997 set. The Jim is obviously the highlight, reaching just under an hour in length (58:48). As a review said on the setlist page, "This jam had at least 5 distinct sections…movements…" The soundboard of the Jim can be seen on Live Bait 03. The Hood was fantastic along with the encore. Video from nearly the entire show is on YouTube and can be seen on PhishVids and below.
Runaway Jim (in parts)
Thanks, and a happy Simchat Torah to all of our Jewish readers!