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Link Saturday, 06/06/2009
Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA

Set 1: STFTFPStealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Nothing, BOTTBack on the Train, GolgiGolgi Apparatus, Sparkle > JibbooGotta Jibboo, Lawn Boy, Let Me Lie[1], Taste, MakisupaMakisupa Policeman[2], CaspianPrince Caspian

Set 2: Seven Below, Fluffhead, SOAMuleScent of a Mule, Heavy Things, HoodHarry Hood > Possum, Bug

Encore: Contact > Julius

[1] Phish debut.
[2] No "keyword."

Noteworthy Jams: Possum

Average Song Gap: 8.26

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon

Notes: Let Me Lie made its Phish debut at this show. The first post-break-up Makisupa Policeman notably did not contain a “keyword.”

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Song Distribution:
4 Farmhouse
3 Junta
2 Billy Breathes
2 Hoist
1 Party Time
1 Joy
1 Undermind
1 Round Room
1 Stash
1 Rift
1 Lawn Boy
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday

Songs by Debut Year:

waxbanks , attached to 2009-06-06 Permalink
waxbanks There's nothing here that didn't get a much stronger reading by mid-August, with the exception of Seven Below (which received canonical treatment in Albany in late November) and Hood (which topped out at F8). That said, this was an uplifting show: Fluffhead, Jibboo, GBOTT, and Caspian are fine versions, while Taste(!), Seven Below(!!), and Hood(!) are tremendous. This is undeniably a June '09 Phish show, which means well-played powerful music to put a smile on your face but no large-scale 'Type II' jams to be found - like a 21st-century version of early 1993, with 16 extra years of melodic and empathetic development. Absolutely wonderful and inessential.
Score: 2
WolfmansBrother , attached to 2009-06-06 Permalink
My first show, so, really, I was excited to hear anything...

On the drive in I mentioned to my friends that I hoped they would play "that new song 'blank space where my mind should be'" because I had just heard the Jones Beach debut so when they opened with it I was rather pleased, obviously the song has come a long way since GW but I think it could/should open more shows. I enjoyed Nothing and GBOTT but felt like the show didn't really get going until Golgi, which really got the place moving.

Mid-first set was fine, Jibboo smoked if I remember correctly and I enjoyed Lawn Boy... and then they dropped Let me Lie. I enjoyed the song when I saw Trey band play it in Boston in fall '08 and like the song, but on 6/6/09 I wished it had stayed in TAB's songbook and never made the jump to Phish. I now regret thinking that, especially after the nice placement in Albany. Taste was killer, as was Caspian, nice end to the set.

Second set was great, enjoyed the hell out of it! The whole place exploded at 'the arrival' in Fluffhead, SoaM was a lot of fun (wish they'd play it more often) and I couldn't have been happier with Harry Hood. Bug (another song I wish they'd play more) rounded out a nice set. Contact> Julius encore was a treat and Julius SMOKED! Sent us all to our cars with smiles.

Compared to the 3 other shows I saw this year this may be the weakest, but that doesn't mean it was any less fun. I also really like this show because I think it is a great example of the band trying to work in their new and newer material into a cohesive show.
Score: 2
chrisjohnson2900 , attached to 2009-06-06 Permalink
This was an interesting show. Simply put, I think the first set wasn't exceptional, the second set was. It is kind of odd, but the highest score from the first set I gave to the debut song: Let Me Lie. I know what you are thinking, "Oh, he's just a sucker for those slow songs." If it makes you feel any better, I gave it a four out of five. I just thought it was good. The second set was a pretty amazing set. If the first set was as good, this show would have received outrageous scores. This show ended up in the middle of the road as far as the rest of the shows of the summer go, but the second set has to be one of the best sets of the summer. Seven below was a great song to start with. I loved that album and those simple little riffs are just amazing. I gave Fluffhead, Scent of a Mule, Harry Hood, Possum, and Contact all a five. Scent of a Mule is one of those songs that they don't play nearly enough. I wish that song was one of their staples. It has such a Mike influence but is so much more quarky than their other bluegrass-type songs. Harry Hood is pretty high on my favorite song list and it generally gets anywhere from a three to a five. Fluffhead was a huge surprise for me. I am a little less critical if there are some mistakes in that song just because of it's difficulty but still, in the past, it hasn't been one of my favorites. This version was amazing, though. Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan was the weak link. It is a good song but I think there are some things that need to be hashed out with that song.

Set I
Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan:**
Nothing:***
Back On The Train:***
Golgi Apparatus:***
Sparkle:***
Gotta Jibboo:***
Lawn Boy:***
Let Me Lie:****
Taste:***
Makisupa Policeman:***
Prince Caspian:****

Set II
Seven Below:****
Fluffhead:*****
Scent of a Mule:*****
Heavy Things:****
Harry Hood:*****
Possum:*****
Bug:****

Encore
Contact:*****
Julius:****

GHI: 3.7/5.0
Batting Average: .750 (75/100)

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.
Score: 1
NigelTufnel , attached to 2009-06-06 Permalink
NigelTufnel First show, so obviously a special time. The show is happy, celebratory, and mellow, which is captured quite well on the tape and in the setlist. There's nothing here that will blow your mind, but I will say for the record that this Gotta Jibboo is my favorite of 3.0, and the second set is actually really strong. Check out that Mule.
Score: 1
cMags13 , attached to 2009-06-06 Permalink
Probably the worst Phish show I have seen. People were pissed after the first set, and the crowd was so quiet during setbreak.
Score: 1
CaptChaos , attached to 2009-06-06 Permalink
a well played show for the most part, but pretty standard over all. nice music to listen to on a warm summery night, but very little worth revisiting, imo. I would rank this a solid middle of the road, as far as Great Woods shows go.

what I think is note worthy here is how they had gotten tighter since hampton and fenway the week before, as they continued to do throughout the summer and on into the fall.

>I may be jaded b.c this show features many (9) all-stars from my own personal 'don't-want-to-see-live' list.
Score: 0
sfadden30 , attached to 2009-06-06 Permalink
this would of been only my 2nd Phish show after the Boston 2003 show , so i was very excited about going , being in my early 30s i hadnt drank much at a show since the 90s and hadnt smoked any weed in about 6 years so i bought a big bottle of Merlot ,drank it before we even walked in and had a few hits of a joint , as i walked in i started feeling dizzy , sat down in my seat and with in 5 minutes threw up all over the seat in front of me & i think some got on the guy in front of me , it was a great grilled prime rib too --after a few minutes i got the spins and my friend says are you gonna make it , i said NOPE !!!_ give me your keys - i walked all the way back to the lot open the door and fell asleep in the front seat , i thought maybe it was food poisoning or who knows but that was a first for me for sure , i can still remember hearing all the songs in the distance while i lay in the fetal position in the car , and of course i was rassed by my buddy when he got back , i felt so bad that he had to watch the show alone , --WTF !!!!
Score: 0
chalkdustmango , attached to 2009-06-06 Permalink
chalkdustmango Pretty weak show. Idk if it was just the low volume or what.
Score: 0
thebubba , attached to 2009-06-06 Permalink
thebubba My first show and maybe in hindsight a lesser show, but it hooked me, so that makes it a great show. Saw Jerry Garcia's face in pine needles when taking a piss during set break by some trees.
Score: 0
Frankenbob , attached to 2009-06-06 Permalink
Frankenbob Decided to revisit and listen to this show today. Being that it was my first show it couldn't have really been bad for me. This show has gotten a lot of heat, rightly so, there really isn't anything stand out from it, I like the Taste but I'm always partial to it. Prince caspian I remember enjoying thoroughly at the time. A portion of this fluff was my ringtone for years afterwards. If you haven't listened to this show I must say you really don't have to hear it. But being there, experiencing my first show, watching my friend loose his mind during the glow stick war while his dose was finally hitting him. No matter how poor a phish show, It's still an unbelievable time.
Score: 0

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