I'm probably in the minority but I thought this show was awesome and it still holds up for me over time.
Best Divided Sky I've ever heard live and, without a doubt, the best Ghost I've ever heard live.
This Ghost should be on the jamming chart because it has a distinct musical narrative that builds and transforms and then finally hits a peak, subtly easing back down to Earth.
I think, for me, it's the 3rd best Ghost of 3.0.
Birds of a Feather smokes, as does the YEM and the R&R.
I know there's some flubs here, mostly the train wreck from Drowned>Meatstick, but there's great song selection and great flow, and it really seemed to fit the dreary and cold, dark night along the Atlantic Ocean.
This show had a distinct feel, a theme, and it was awesome.
Hey Chris listen to "Drowned" from Red Rocks 07.31.09, and let me know if you still feel that was about the song. One of the highlights of the whole RR run in my opinion and I wasn't a huge fan of the tune beforehand...
Let me start by saying that I thought this show was tied for the fifth worst show of the summer. There were a few strong songs and only one that I really thought was excellent, that being Ghost. A few words on Ghost: I often think this is a bad, bad live song. It is one of my favorite studio songs but I don't feel like they have every really been able to transfer the studio versions strengths to the stage. The chorus has always seemed flat and weak. This version is the exception. This is one of the only Ghost's that I have given a five. It was the highlight of the show. Some other highlights were Grind, Divided Sky, The Squirming Coil, and Rock & Roll. Also, I don't know if there are those of you out there that have problems with Drowned. That is one of Phish's covers that I have always doubted. Especially since their comeback. I really don't think that song is anywhere near Mike's vocal range and often it almost hurts to hear him try to sing that high. Plus, there are so many other Who covers that would be fun to hear from the Quadrophenia album alone. Why not Love, Reign O'er Me or even The Real Me. I have problems with Drowned. I guess I might be the only one. Here are my individual scores:
The Divided Sky:****
The Squirming Coil:****
Punch You In The Eye:***
Run Like An Antelope:***
Water In The Sky:***
Birds Of A Feather:***
Jones Beach Jam:***
Time Turns Elastic:***
You Enjoy Myself:***
Rock & Roll:****
Batting Average: .633 (57/90)
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.
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