, attached to 2017-07-30

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads My expectations keep getting exceeded during this YEMSGBD! The Curtain With opener, which was a bustout, > Runaway Jim to reference the theme (Jimmies, or "sprinkles" if you live in a neighborhood instead of an exit, LOL.) Waking Up Dead started to get out there a little bit, but as someone said in the forum, Mike ripcorded it vocally. It was all right, though, because I like my Phish comfortable in its own skin. Esther was also somewhat of a bustout, as was Brian and Robert. I think someone noted that the bustouts in this show all last appeared in the same show, for what it's worth. Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird had minimal narration, but their appearance combined with the set-closing David Bowie shows an audacious approach to a first set that I would contend is one of those I have enjoyed most this year. The second set is jam-packed. I hear Page teasing Mountain Jam during Drowned (at about 14:10 on the LivePhish soundboard), and even if I am taking crazy pills, Drowned tops the 20-minute mark only to be followed by another near-20-min. jam in A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing. Parts of these two jams wind their way down into Fall 1994-style "weird minimalism," but with more of an emphasis on space between the notes than some of Fall 1994's big jams, which often approached symphonical status in their grandeur. Harpua made me laugh several times, and certainly took a novel approach to the narration. 2001 gets a workout, and then we're firmly in fourth-quarter territory, except that the encore is a Phish debut of The Jimi Hendrix Experience's The Wind Cries Mary. They're shows like this that seem to bespeak a sort of folly in ranking or rating shows, but really the biggest impact of it to me is that for one, the Baker's Dozen is not even over yet, and for awesome, that this experimental thrust may pay dividends in Phish to come. I have to believe that Phish is having so much phun right now that they will carry some of this energy over into Dick's, at least!


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