, attached to 2017-08-01

Review by themayor

themayor N9 is upon me. I hope it is fantastic.
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It starts off with O Canada, because the theme tonight is Maple Donut.

It goes into Crowd Control. I don't know this song. I like it so far. That was a fun tune.

I also like Sugar Shack which I have never heard before.

Beautifully performed version of Circus follows this.

I didn't know Daniel Saw the Stone, but it was fun and upbeat. It made for a fun pick me up after Circus.

They go into Army of One. Page sounds really good. Otherwise it isn't too special, although it is done very well.

Oh yeah. The Wedge. A classic. This was one of the first Phish songs I ever heard back when listening to Phish XM Radio back in the early days for me. A good Wedge, but again, nothing really standing out too hard.

We then Guelah Papyrus. This song I always forget about, and I feel like I gotta get more into the Picture of Nectar deeper songs. I like this song. It still doesn't push any crazy jamming territory. But the song works well. Page went into a solo Maple Leaf Rag before the band going back into Guelah. No real jamming happening at all here.

Next is McGrupp! Finally we get some actual jamming. Its some upbeat type I.

Then we hit Limb by Limb. It doesn't go much longer then McGrupp did, which wasn't too long. It stays in that LxL feel, but it has some nice soloing from Trey. It went back to the LxL refrain and then into Walk Away.

Walk Away really makes Phish sound like the Dead in my opinion. I like the way Page sings this one. Set I was okay. I liked the songs and the performance, but the improvisation wasn't there. That isn't necessarily bad, but it isn't as interesting as I'd hoped. I hope Set II picks it up.

SET II
It opened with Golden Age. This one finally goes to some space. The jam goes deep halfway through it starts getting more ethereal. It has a nice groove going for a while until the very end it trails off into space. Finally a great jam in this show.

Then right into Leaves which just premiered on 7/14. Another Sigma Oasis song that I love so much. Leaves goes along really nicely, and it descends its silence after a while.

Swept Away into Steep was nice with jamming that didn't capture me too hard. I liked it though.

46 Days immediately comes busting through the door. A very explosive song and great for a mid set pick-me-up. All of the sudden we're in a nice funky jam. The jam remains mostly funky and mellow throughout.

Piper was very nice with some upbeat jamming towards the beginning, it gets groovier and quieter, and then it gets funky and more mellow throughout the end.

Possum was Type I greatness, but again nothing too special. Overall, Set II was a bit better than set 1, with a lot more long jamming, but it still didn't stand out too hard.

Encore is Rock n Roll Suicide and its a good cover to end the night.

Overall the show was decent. It had some good jamming in the second set, but overall the show was just a normal show with good songs played. The jamming that did happen was good, but not incredible. This one wasn't as good as the previous night, but it is still worth listening!
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