, attached to 2015-07-24

Review by raidcehlalred

raidcehlalred I love positive reviews, and I love Phish. But to suggest that this show is in contention for best Shoreline ever is just too much of a reach. '97, with its first set Ghost / YEM; it's Runaway and Mike's Groove (not to mention the Ya Mar, the McGrupp)....

Well sure, there is de gustibus non est disputandum and all that. But still. Yes, this is all subjective. But when the 'subject' is Phish, some songs are just better than others; and some shows will forever standout. I loved listening to this show, like most, but primarily because the band is tight; Trey's tone is so warm; and Fish is Fish. But I cannot imagine it remaining this highly rated.

It makes sense to get excited about seeing Blaze extended; I think the song lends itself to sonic exploration in ways that Fuego doesn't permit. To me, the extended Fuego's play more like deliberate attempts to 'jam,' as opposed to ideas that arise out of 'true' jam vehicles. I felt that way about No Man's instantly; in fact, I would have loved them to open the other night's second set with the tune.

Even the Simple from the other night. What used to be such a Trey-driven song, meanders about with some cool interplay between Trey and Page, but you could easily take the post five minute prettiness and insert in any of the numerous Chalkdust or Disease excursions from last year. Fish, who has been awesome to watch, seems impatient, with great rolling syncopation. Then, at the 12 minute mark, when things get truly interesting and genuinely Floyd-esque (some Obscured By Clouds sound; akin to those great 'Echoes' licks from S.B. last year) the tune just dissipates.

Twist (On) with its Blaze On phrasing and teasing was a blast; it reminded me a bit of the Antelope to close CMAC last year - totally underrated, in my opinion. Just great musicality and musicianship on display.

Here's to more of the same.

I'm curious to see what happens with Hood this year; a return to the transcendent peak - which was hinted at here - would be welcome for sure.

Very interested and excited for sure.


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