, attached to 2017-07-18

Review by aybesea

aybesea Wow... so I looked at the cumulative rating for this show, and frankly I am shocked! Putting the bottom line up front, this show was fantastic!

Okay, so now I take the time to gush. Let's break this thing down.

Set 1:

Tuesday - I am a huge TAB fanatic and I've been wanting Phish to do this one for forever. And it worked... very well. What a great, bouncing, party opener. They need to work on harmonies (miss the girls on this version), but hopefully this becomes a Phish regular.

Peaches - It's PEACHES!

Free - I sometimes get tired of Free, but they haven't been overplaying it and this one is a good one with a nice jam.

Roggae - Probably the best single song of the first half. This one is nice and fat and exploratory.

Sugar Shack - One of three newish ones for the show, and a good one at that. Lots of energy to dance to.

Maze - A nice, weird, exploratory, thick haze Maze.

Horn - Another one that doesn't always excite me, but here it just works. Well played and perfect as an interlude before...

Crazy Sometimes - A Mike song played for the first time by Phish. On the surface this thing is pretty sophomoric, but like many mike songs, once the groove hits, life is large! Want to hear them develop this number.

46 Days - A nice, semi-jammed funky version.

Runaway Jim - the first time to close in a very long time (2000 I think). A fun, rollicking romp to send everyone to the bathroom with a smile.

This is probably the first set that I've heard in many years! Just outstanding songs and performances.

Set 2:

DwD - Yes it meets the length criterion. No, it's not the space jam that Simple was... but this thing is multifaceted moving through some dissonance into pure blissful joy! Lots of it.

Mist - Sweet! A Trey ballad that never gets played and is really fun to break out of the moth balls. Such a nice surprise.

Waves - My only regret of this show is that this wasn't a 20 minute Waves a la Bethel SC, but it is tight and beautiful and Waves!

Ghost - This is a gorgeous Ghost... philthy and phunky to start, moving through the ether into pure hose... lots of it. The jarring return to Ghost proper at the end displays just how far away from ground zero we actually were!

Wombat - Everytime I hear this song it jars me to the bone. I mean it just doesn't flow. But this time, that was in a good way. Adding to the jarring from the end of Ghost. And it wasted no time going into delay loop jams and ending up in beautiful ambient space. The best Wombat I've heard yet.

CDT - Just a pure fun closer.

e: Coil - And it was a nice, unhurried, pretty Coil taboot.

To me this show is stupendous... how it is trending in the low 4's absolutely stuns me! Go back and listen people. I did!

This band is ON FIRE! Got my groove prepared for Pittsburgh.


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