I am not a huge fan of any of the songs that were played in the latter part of the set this night (except bowie!) but it didn't appear that Phish was playing this song and then that song. It just felt like music rising up, unfolding, blossoming. It was very enjoyable!
The end jam of KDF was fast, and overwhelming, bluesy, and the transition in to MFMF was almost indecipherable of where one song ended and another began (just like all of the transitions between songs in late set 2).
MFMF was pretty standard until the end. You know how Trey makes his guitar scream toward the end? Well, I have never heard his guitar scream that loud, at that pitch in MFMF before. It was absolutely haunting and bone-chilling. I was very surprised and happy with no myfe ending. Thought that part should have been truncated before it was put on the "Rift" album.
Swept Away > Steep is a great vehicle for slowing the pace but not killing the energy created in previous songs. These two songs paired together maintain the intensity of the set and yet give the listener a mental break to prepare for what comes next. Also, needless to say I was swept away by KDF>MFMF and what would come next would be STEEP.
Piper. Numerous people have been lamenting the short intro into this song and praising the long jam afterword. That is exactly the kind of Piper that ensued. I like the short intro. The slow build on some other Pipers has caused me to lose interest. This version gets going right away and after the looping chorus a beautiful multi-faceted jam follows. I am also a big fan of Page's theremin and toward the end of the jam it gets really spacey and somewhat "scary" and I hoped the thermin would make an appearance. Didn't really matter though, this Piper jam was superb in every way, every way...
Free is not a favorite of mine but this song was very intense. So many Frees in the past have just been "the same" with no real emotion to them, like the band is trying to fill time and space with something that is "okay" instead of transforming. I could feel the intensity in Trey's voice as he sang and almost thought he would start screaming the words. At this point, I was connected. To the band, to the music, and not necessarily to the song. That is what it should be about right? Not hoping for this or that, not wishing for this song, or a long jam, or a theremin sighting, not wanting at all, but being satisfied, and perhaps more than that, elated by what you are hearing. I witnessed free flowing creation. Yes, I had heard all of these songs before, but they were new again to me on this night and I was happy to be there. (I really did feel like I was there, thank you streamers!)
I love Kung. First heard it from the 93 roxy shows, and again from the Brooklyn show in 04. It is voraciously alternate. It reminds me of a poem I wrote once while on mushrooms. It all makes total sense at the time, but the next day it just makes you shake your head and laugh. This song enveloped me in a blanket of joyous darkness. Tasted like dark, dark chocolate.
Harry Hood was the type of song on this night that would make you turn to the total stranger standing next to you and say, "I know you don't know me, but I love you man!" It is the type of jam that makes you want to call your Mom and Dad and thank them for making you. Wonderful feeling of gratitude and bliss.
Cavern then the end of the set right? Great set. Wait. Fishman goes into the Bowie intro! I could listen to a cassette tape of Bowie over and over again. In fact, I used to when I was in college! Anyway, you know the ending when Trey keeps going higher and higher in the solo followed by the band deconstructing and briefly stopping before going back into a still higher solo? Well, Trey took this part to a whole 'nother level. He stacked the boxes on top of columns, then pulled out the fireman's ladder and climbed up to hit notes unparalleled!
YEM is yet another great version and the perfect ending to an exceptional and noteworthy second half of a second set. I will be coming back to this show again and again to see if it stands up to the test of time. Some shows lose their luster because no matter how hard I try, I just can't seem to rekindle that same feeling. Other shows skin it back over and over in spades. We will just have to see with 7-8-12.
Again, don't take it from me, I just listened to the stream and only caught part of the show. Listen for yourself and see if you don't disagree, this one is worth taking notice!