, attached to 2012-07-08

Review by funkalunk

funkalunk Where to begin? I know! Party Time! That's the first time this show got interesting. And yes, that may seem insulting, but the praise I am about to lavish onto these sets will offset that.

A great jam in that Time. It does exactly what the song sets out to do: Be fun! You dance along to it, and enjoy yourself. It's called "Party Time" for christ's sake. And yet, the band *always* seems to keep what could be a throwaway tune extremely interesting. Tonight is no exception.

The fun flows on until SOAM. Kind of an opposite take here, instead of happy-go-lucky, we have extremely sinister and dark, as a good SOAM should be. And is this a good SOAM? Hell. Yes. I'd say get it for it's own merits, but then one can also talk about the La Grange bust-out following it, which gives one all the more reason to pick this up. The latter is exactly what you imagine it'd be: Phish playing La Grange. Sound like something you'd enjoy? Of course! And this version is!

An odd choice in Axilla opens set 2, but after that the band kicks it into high gear. An absolutely stellar Light follows. Twist also doesn't let down. (But really, if there's one pairing of songs I think we expect to deliver, it'd be these two. So consistent)

But an odd thing happens. KDF begins. It's almost as if they thought it was still set 1. But then the song goes on, and we have that delicious second set jamming, and our faces glow with smiles.

Personally I'm not a MFMF fan, so I can't really speak for this version. Well played, but does nothing for me unfortunately.

Swept Away > Steep cool us down the way a good ballad does, and then Piper grabs your throat and demands your excitement. We happily oblige as this jam *goes* places. Loved it!

Not sure if Free was the best choice to follow it up, but hey, I'm not in the band/position to make those calls. What I *am* sure on is that Free was also a great version. Above average for sure.

Then I thought the set was going to end, it seemed about time. Then all hell broke loose. "Kung? Is that Kung?" It WAS Kung, and it was fantastic.

Harry Hood was played next. My words can't accurately describe how awesome Hood's can be, so you'll just have to imagine on this one. (Or better yet, grab a recording!)

Cavern was as energetic as always and Bowie capped off the set well.

Throw in a fun YEM we all feared would be absent from the weekend and you have our show.

I hope everyone else had as much fun this weekend as I did, all three shows were simply a blast. Enjoy the rest of your summer, especially you lucky ones hitting up leg 2.


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