, attached to 2011-08-09

Review by FunkyCFunkyDo

FunkyCFunkyDo Listened to this show start-to-finish last night and I am impressed (author's aside: listening to music while watching Olympics on mute is definitely the way to be - our new favorite thing). I was there and remember leaving it being like, "Yeah that was pretty good... I guess." Idiot. I want to smack past Funky in the face. Maybe I was jaded because of how celestial the 2011 Gorge run was, or maybe I just didn't know good music when I heard it (this was my 9th Phish show at the time). The first set has tremendous pop and flow right up until Bouncing thru Water in the Sky... which was a definite lull. Everything before it though flows exceptionally well... and the 46 Day is a firestorm of dance. Very solid first set that would feel right at home with the consistently good-to-great first sets of the last two tours.

The second set is a rolling hillside morphing into terrifying monolith receding back into a placid field of musical adventure... capped off by a volcanic eruption. This show, specifically Set 2, is the definition of "hidden gem." Everything is So. Well. Played. I mean, in 5 years I hadn't reslitened to this show (I occasionally will put on the Light, but even that hasn't been through our speakers in at least a couple years). I have no excuse. Again, IDIOT!

Jibboo has two scoops of spunky jazz. Light is terrifying and percussive and heavy and really on a whole other level of Phish-jamming; some of the most truly unique music they've ever performed - eras notwithstanding - it is THAT different, and cool, and scary. Chalk Dust -> Slave (with a true ->) is as high-quality as it is surprising. The Slave itself goes a step beyond its normal euphoria, especially for early "3.0" standards, and hits an emotive, inspiring peak. Free is a great bridge to the Rocket Man bustout. Hood is short and crisp, and while lacking a hot peak, it still had pep and glow. Walls of the Cave is a straight up BLISTERING version... a maelstrom of a set closer. Plus a beautifully humble encore.

This second set though... wow. Really, really great playing start-to-finish. Will listen again tonight. Show as a whole 4/5. Second set 4.4/5


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