, attached to 2004-06-19

Review by whatstheuse324

whatstheuse324 This show was my first of many magical visits to SPAC. My wife and I randomly found my friend Uday on the lawn right as the show was opening. The Reba opener was unexpected and awesome. Apparently Trey broke a string during this song and you would never know by listening. It was a very tight version considering that they weren't even warmed up yet. Runaway Jim and NICU were standard good. Scents and Subtle Sounds was the first of two Undermind songs of the evening. It floats in at a little over 12 minutes. The jam in Wolfman's Brother brings the mid-first set to a delicious peak. The Walls of the Cave that follows is the first of three mega-jams of the night, clocking in at over twenty minutes. This type-II beauty finally feeds into a nasty Bowie to close Set 1.

I have been lucky enough to see some of the best versions of A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing in my travels, and this one is top two for sure. This was the second of the three monster songs that came from this show, finishing at just a hair under twenty minutes before merging into THE monster jam of the night. This 32 minute Piper is something to behold and is a strong contender for jam of 2.0. By the time this Piper was over, most the people around me were mopping up their faces from the lawn after the forty minutes of nonstop Phish madness that had just ensued. Gotta Jibboo, in a good way, brought reality back to some off us that had just resurfaced out of the maelstrom that was ASIHTOS>Piper. Limb By Limb reached an epic peak in its own right to put a final stamp on the legendary second set. The Cavern, like almost every Cavern in 2.0, was botched by Trey, but was fun regardless. Purple Haze was teased as an attempt by Trey to say, "Mea Culpa, I just melted your faces all night. Let it go."

Wading in the Velvet Sea was a quiet ending for a night of crazy, type-II jamming that put a defining stamp of what 2.0 Phish was all about. This show is an instant classic and should be heard in its entirety at least once. If not, focus on the Reba, Walls, ASIHTOS>Piper.


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