Review of Set II (Set I Review posted above)
-Carini: Dark start to the set and as per usual, very psychedelic jam. Mike's bass sounds very strong in the jam, and trey adds plenty of wailing and piercing notes, adding some nice effects throughout. Cool jam, but pretty standard. Around 8:00 minutes, the jam dies down and leaving a kind of humming ambiance which nicely gives way to...
-Mango Song: This was a decent transition. The floating and mellow lyrics of this song deliver us from the darkness of carini. Well played, and the typical instrumental section that ends the song (last 1:30 of the song) is very nice... Page and Trey played off each other quite well here.
-Wilson: Good move to get the energy back up, and rocks as per usual. Nails the standard format, and at the songs end you hear the Dixie tease from Trey.
-Drowned: Great choice after the high energy of Wilson! The song starts out very rocking, lots of energy. At about 4:10, the jam begins and it absolutely rages! Trey's intensity is insane from the outset and doesn't really let up until "saratoga jam #2" starts up. At this point, the jam turns into sort of a surreal funk/rock jam. Mike and Fish keep a steady pulsing rhythm to the jam while Page and Trey overlay all kinds of funky and trippy notes with wah-sounding effects and at one point Trey starts looping some notes. Around 4:00 into "Saratoga Jam" the jam dissolves with Fishman playing a minimalist beat and the rest of the band adding an ambient mess of vibration. This quickly gives way to...
-Swept Away>Steep: Wonderful transition from previous song, and nice rarity. Both are well played and make the ambient beauty of the previous jam more meaningful. Excellent placement for these songs. The instrumental section of Steep is pure bliss.
-Makisupa Policeman: Another good song placement. The blissful sounds of Steep give way to the happy, bouncy reggae of Makisupa. Lots of goofy phish humor. Trey's improvised lyrics bring smiles and allow each of the other band members to have a short solo. Fun stuff!
-Piper:A lot of the Makisupa goofiness carries over into the intro of Piper. After several Makisupa quotes from the band, the piper lyrics begin. Around 2:10, the jam starts in its full effect. The energy builds and builds until about 5:45 where Trey really starts wailing. At 7:00 Trey starts alternates between two chords repeatedly for a cool effect and then trails off into spacey wailing notes. Mike and fishman begin to dwindle the beat down into ambient noise which transitions very nicely into...
-2001: A very brief dip into funk, this 2001 was fun and continued the energy of piper, but didn't have any true stand out moments to speak of
-YEM: It sounds like Page jumped the gun slightly on this one, but the band quickly gets back on pace with each other. After the ambient section, Page comes into the music very strong, Mike takes a short bass solo and in general the whole section leading up to "Boy" is very well played. Once they are in the funk section of the song, the beginning is dominated by Fishman and Page (Trey and Mike must be on the trampolines?). Once Trey and Mike come back in, the jam follows its typical funk form. Mike has some intense moments here. Vocal jam not much to speak of. The whole lotta love tease is very brief and almost not worth mentioning
-Frankenstein: Good way to close out a two night stand. Hard psychedelic rock.
Overall: The big highlight from this set has got to be Drowned through Makisupa Policeman. The Drowned jam was high energy, the band kind of all melted together nicely, and the ambiance it died down into setup the Swept Away>Steep very nicely. Makisupa was just fun!