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justnoah I listened to Coventry once, start to finish, a week or two after the shows. I wanted to see how the music held up to my actual experience onsite in the mud, where the music frankly took a backseat to the rest of the event. My impressions had not been positive -- save for a few moments such as the Drowned that Charlie highlights above -- and re-listening to the shows after the fact just reaffirmed that what I'd heard (and tried to dance to wearing mudboots) was far from Phish's proudest musical accomplishment. As @smoothatonalsnd says above, it was actually a good thing since it helped me close that chapter and recognize that it was really time for the band to call it quits and for me to move on. Had it been epic, it would have been that much harder... and frankly, had Coventry been the epic ultimate festival that it should have been (but in hindsight could never have been) and been all we wanted/deserved/needed... maybe Phish would not have come back in 2009. As they said when they returned.. Coventry was not the way to go out. They needed to redeem themselves.

It was only that one time that I re-listened to Coventry, and I have since erased it from my iTunes library (but have the shows stored on HD). With so many other great Phish shows out there that I'll never have time to return to.. why bother with Coventry? Despite the moments Charlie calls out above, I just can't separate the music from the experience of tears rolling down my face on the tarp @jackl references above. I'll live with that memory, and let the music fade into the past. is a non-commercial project run by Phish fans and for Phish fans under the auspices of the all-volunteer, non-profit Mockingbird Foundation.

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