, attached to 2015-08-22

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This is a very highly regarded show by many phans, myself among them. Among its strengths are fluidity, willingness to jam, and integration of new material. I enjoyed Scabbard in the first set, and feel that it kind of presages what Phish--rather than TAB--would go for with some of the "tropical"-sounding tunes we've heard debuted recently, such as Breath and Burning, and even Blaze On (Scabbard dates back to 2012, if I remember correctly.) The second set is amazing, as a festival second set should be! I'm not as in love with the Tweezer > Prince Caspian (Tweezerpants) as many are, but I'm still glad to see Caspian get some Type-II love. The third set, for me, is most notable for an extended Cities and the jams in Blaze On and Light. I'll go ahead and declare that I'm not into the percussiony type jams that much, for example, 2016's (over-)reliance on the Marimba Lumina, but if that's what Phish wants to do, I'm happy they're living the dream. The Drive-In Jam is probably my favorite of the "secret" late-night festival sets! Conceptually, it's not as high-flying (pun intended) as the Tower Jam, but musically, it's my favorite. Recency bias firmly in cheek. 4/5 stars.


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