, attached to 2017-08-01

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This show rates as a solid, average-great 3 out of 5 stars, to my taste. The Phish debuts are cool, with the O Canada instrumental recalling Jimi Hendrix's fabled interpretation of The Star-Spangled Banner, and Maple Leaf Rag is short and sweet. With the possible exceptions of Daniel Saw the Stone and Walk Away, though, the remainder of the set is pretty much standard. Daniel stands out because Page continues to amaze me, and Walk Away does so for the same reason, although this time they're his vocals that I laud highly. In the second set, Golden Age is long, but not particularly groundbreaking. It's still good, of course; it's just not as revelatory as some of the other big jams in the Baker's Dozen have been. Leaves has an attractive little jamlet at the end, and Steep is jammed out for the first time ever live (I think.) Given its rumored origins in "The Blob" that was mined for Side-2 material on Billy Breathes, it makes some sense for it to finally be given a little room to move around in. I don't think the rest of the set or the encore are that exceptional, but opinions differ. Maybe the intentional no-repeats strategy is starting to show a few bare threads in setlist construction, but it's more obvious that the energy is just kind of middling in this show, IMO.


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