, attached to 2011-06-17

Review by n00b100

n00b100 I feel like Summer 2011 has kind of receded into the background after the titanic accomplishments of 2012 and 2013, but there's still some darn good music to be found, including in this show (which, in its own right, gets overshadowed a bit by 5/28, 6/3, and 6/4). The first set could easily have been plucked from a 1993 show up until Wolfman's and boasts a pretty sharp Mule at the end, along with a Mockingbird that Trey plays around with a bit in his solo. The second set kicks off with Number Line (back in the days when it was still a well-enjoyed new song and not The Bane Of All Phish Fans' Existence), then brings a damned fine Rock & Roll that slides into off-kilter atonal space before bubbling back to life (Page's electric organ work is real nice here) and fizzling out in a Mike-bomb haze. Ghost slides out of the muck, and this is also a quite good version, which features Trey dancing mischievously around Fish's backbeat and the band building to a ferocious Gin-esque climax not unlike the fabled Holy Ghost, except instead of Trey shoehorning in the Ghost finishing chords Page gets to rip off a parade of organ stings as a finale (quite frankly, I'd prefer the Holy Ghost ended that way, too). The rest of the set, Free nonwithstanding, could also have come out of 1992 - I mean, a second set Reba, Icculus!, a Fish number, and YEM is Classic Younger Phish. Give this show a listen - there's enough to satisfy every type of Phish fan, from jam hounds to old-school chasers to, I dunno, fans of Sample in a Jar.
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