, attached to 2012-08-15

Review by Penn42

Penn42 I've got one word for you: underrated. This is the most underrated show of 2012. As far as I'm concerned, the three best shows of 2012 are Dick's 1, SF 3, and the one you're reading about, and not necessarily in that order. The first set contains letter perfect performances of both Kill Devil Falls and Stash. Neither are the best versions of 2012, but each are perfectly played type I versions. They're so perfect they could have been used as the studio versions. The rest of the set is just good old school fun. That set actually looks, for the most part, like it came right out of Summer '94.

Set two's opening trio, which constitutes well over half the length of the set, is as good a jam sequence as you will find in 2012. I have not heard a more blissful jam than this Rock and Roll. It's not necessarily the most ambient (Fukuoka set II), patient (half the jams from Cypress), or minimalistic (also Fukuoka set II), but I'll be damned if there is a jam that features more empathetic and beautiful playing from Trey and Page. There's a solid 10+ minutes in the middle of this jam where Trey and Page just play these absolutely gorgeous melodies back and forth over a superb foundation laid down by Mike and Fish. After that it dissolves into five minutes of awesome and eery space.

Following Rock and Roll is one of my three favorite 3.0 Ghosts (along with MSG '10 and Albany '09). While I wouldn't call the transition from the Rock and Roll jam into Ghost a segue, the two songs fit together perfectly, like two puzzle pieces. The Rock and Roll jam delicately fades out and Trey delicately starts chunking Ghost, it's absolutely superb. The jam itself is great and the ending features some sick playing from Fish. The Limb to follow foreshadows the hose that would go down in St. Louis 13 days later. This Limb isn't anywhere near as good as the St. Louis version, but it is way better than average and has a different energy than most. The beginning of jams of these two versions actually sound quite similar. The rest of the set is gravy. A very well played Guyute, a great Hood, and a rockin' closer. It would be unreasonable to ask for more.

This is must hear Phish.


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