, attached to 2016-07-18

Review by EdwardGRobinson

EdwardGRobinson I've seen every show at BGCA going back to 2012, and I thought last night was a very strong, if not absolutely transcendent show. I don't think it raised itself to the level 08/19/12 or 10/28/14 by any stretch of the imagination (few shows do) but there is lots of replay value here. (For me at least). This is also from a perspective of a person who drove home after the show to get up this morning at 6 a.m. to twin 3 year olds and a normal work day today.

On a personal note I was very happy to hear Daniel Saw the Stone. My dear friend Daniel passed away a few years ago and the Phish world hasn't been the same place for me since he's been gone.

Set 1 was solid, with strong versions and tight playing. Roggae, Divided & instrument switching Ya Mar stand out in my mind.

Set 2 highlight will obviously be massive 17 minute Sally, but don't sleep on a very good L x L > Slave combo that follows.

If I had any gripes, I would say that that Golden Age, Twist & Simple, while all fine versions with very nice moments in them, did seem to end rather abruptly. Those quick transitions got us to Sally and that is great, but the impeccable smoothness of a show like last year's Shoreline 07/24/15 show were nowhere to be found.

One other thing I see looking at the setlist is Ocelot, Possum & Antelope. See the zoo indeed!

Great night. Looking forward to tonight and Weds.
I'm rolling over the odometer tonight.
Never thought I would make 100 but here we are!

4 / 5 stars


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