, attached to 2014-04-26

Review by funkbeard

funkbeard What is it about a Phish show that, when you hear it for the first time, it often sounds like the best show they've ever played. Later down the line, in retrospect, the show finds its rightful place.

Saturday in New Orleans, Phish played a setlist that didn't go far beyond the realm of "standard fare." In fact, much of the selection didn't waver from the choice "festival" fare. But we're talking about music here, improvised music. Maybe most songs didn't depart from their ordered formulas, but we can't judge improvisation on merits such as this.

What kind of show was this? The peaks never push the listener into the realm of distraction. I was able to accomplish a great deal of reorganizing my life while enjoying the recording. The groove was thick and deep. The flow was out of this world. I have no idea what Fish's solo project has been over the past few months, but he is strong and masterful as ever.

Page on Moma Dance and Funky Bitch brought the Metermen influence. Mike laid down the sickest grooves all night. And Trey sounded original as ever, yet more deeply united with his band as well.

This show is a feel good kind of show. No scary avenues, everything is dance-inducing, the fun factor is constant, and there are scarcely any flubs.

If you base your listening on setlist content, please pass go and don't collect $200. ON the other hand, if quality of music is what you seek, there is nothing to be disappointed by here.

This was Phish's first spring-time show since 2009. It has all the brilliant colors of fresh flowing sunshine and blooming buds. Something tells me that this one will be special for introducing ones friends to the band. Beautiful!


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