Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
Set 1: Wilson, Buried Alive, KDFKill Devil Falls, BagAC/DC Bag, IDKI Didn't Know, My FriendMy Friend, My Friend, Ya Mar, ThemeTheme From the Bottom, Boogie OnBoogie On Reggae Woman, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt
Average Song Gap: 6.11
Notes: During I Didn’t Know, Trey introduced Fish as “Little Junior Moses Brown Heaps DeWitt” and commented that he was going to “suck all of the moisture out of the air.” During Ya Mar, Page teased It’s Raining, It’s Pouring. Trey teased Flat Fee prior to Disease, which was unfinished. Twist featured an Oye Como Va jam. This show marked the debut of Twenty Years Later.
Songs by Debut Year:
Kill Devil Falls:*****
I Didn't Know:****
My Friend, My Friend:***
Theme From The Bottom:***
Boogie On Reggae Woman:**
Split Open and Melt:***
Down With Disease:***
Backwards Down the Number Line:*****
Twenty Years Later:***
Slave to the Traffic Light:***
A Day In The Life:***
Batting Average: .621 (59/95)
The two ratings are Batting Average and GHI. Both are defined below.
BA: The total number of stars achieved divided by the total possible stars a concert can achieve. Each song can achieve a total possible 5 stars, 5 being the best, 0 being the worst. Therefore, each show receives anywhere from a 1.0 to a .001.
GHI: This rating is used in The Phish Companion 2nd Ed. Each show is given a score from 0 to 5, five being the best and 0 being the worst.
The two scores are synonymous. I like the BA form better because each show receives a score closer to its worth depending on how you rated it.
1st set was choppy at best. Thrilled to hear My Friend, and then into YaMar and Theme, but things sounded a little off. Melt in particular seemed like a molasses struggle. But happily forgiven due to the "rust" factor. They were still easily the best band I'd seen in the past 5 years. (Thank Icculus. I mean, who knew if they were for real or just moneygrabbin at this point? But even through a choppy first set, their intent was crystal clear. WooHoo.)
But then what a difference a break makes. 2nd set is the definition of "Standard Awesome" ("Spectacularly Average...?") Phish. The flow was exceptional. Dance Party in the rain all the way. Twenty Years Later absolutely floored me - couldn't have been a better environment for that debut - dark, stormy, haunting, over the water. And the lyrics clear as a bell. I've listened to this set quite a few times since. While there are no mind-bending, groundbreaking highlights, there is no weak spot or let-up. Its close to a perfect set, in that regard. Especially given time and place. To my deaf ears at least.
I like the set so much, I asked @CaptainPookie to paint it for me. I think he nailed it:
(Copied from here: http://forum.phish.net/forum/show/1375410146#page=1 )