, attached to 2016-06-24

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads The two most notable things about this show to me are the debut of Miss You and Trey's gratitude for our open-mindedness and support of the band, and of course the a cappella debut of Space Oddity. This posthumous David Bowie tribute was very touching for me. Martian Monster had a nice synthy type of outro, as well as an interesting synthy bass effect from Mike during the song proper; Yarmouth Road was well played and nice to hear (Mike is really a great songwriter); and Trey has obviously been praticing, judging by the trills and mastery of the end of The Wedge. I like how the Echoplex is integrated into Free, giving it a different feel than the yorefound straight-ahead rawk. Blaze On is still growing on me: I didn't like it all that much at first--though I was glad that Phish is writing new songs--but I'm beginning to warm to it. ;) This version certainly pleased the crowd, if my viewing of the webcast says anything. We're all in this together, after all. Also I'll take a moment to observe that the new LED screens are being used very tastefully by CK5 and I'm refreshed by the addition of them to his rig.

Nice dark Wurly work from Page in the Type-II portion of the DWD jam. I like the tonality of the Fender Rhodes better than the Wurlitzer, but electric piano is like pizza: even when it's bad, it's good (and the Wurlitzer is certainly not bad!) This Down with Disease jam shows how versatile Phish are, I think. That's always been a facet of their jams: that they are open to interpretation and can go anywhere. You may be listening to a jam and there're like four or five apparent directions that the jam could take, and then a few seconds later a whole new vista opens up, with its concomitant intimations. For that reason, longer jams are divisive amongst phans (let's define longer as 20 minutes or more.) They may end up missing their mark if the band chooses to focus, or they may never really choose a theme. Personally, I'm just excited by the adventure (the means justify the ends) and I fall pretty squarely into "gimme long jams all over every show." (Then again, my all-time favorite Phish jam is Type I.) But I digress. Great group-built peak to the end the DWD before it settles into Fuego. I highly recommend the Twist that follows. Great to see 2001 starting to return to its stretched-legs state from years ago, and Space Oddity is just really sublime. Thanks, Phish!


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