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Permalink Posted by waxbanks on , attached to 2004-06-17
waxbanksWonderfully fun show, though a bit lite for June '04 in retrospect. The band's enthusiasm and affection are palpable from the start. If you like Phish of a 2003-04 vintage, certainly buy 'Live in Brooklyn' (for the crystal-clear audio if nothing else), but the deep cuts don't really start until the tour hits SPAC on the 19th. 46 Days > Possum is all strutting cock rock with a letter-perfect segue, Suzy heads out from clav-driven dance madness to 2004-standard uptempo haze, and Moma > Free is *spectacular*; hell, even 2001 gets a zippy dance workout; the show really does deserve its status as an official album release. But nothing here has the underground-cavern vibe that set in at SPAC (cf. the 6/20 version of Seven Below), and if you like your Phish deepwater dark and fathoms below sea level, this show will seem a touch inadequate.

But if it needs saying: this is a better-than-average Phish show, which is to say very few rock bands can do what this band does, on this night, without so much as breaking a sweat.
Score: 5

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