, attached to 2022-07-24

Review by sstevee00

sstevee00 This show is a prime example for why you shouldn't judge a show just by how it looks on paper (or judge a book by its cover if you will). I did the two Mansfield shows and last night and this show was easily my favorite of the three. The two Mansfield shows seemed to have the opposite "problem" of last night: the song selection was super spot on but none of the jams went particularly deep (or at least deep for more than a minute or two). While last night's setlist seems meh when looking at just the songs played, it doesn't tell the whole story by a long shot. Sigma Oasis and A Wave of Hope > ASIHTOS > Blaze On was 100% grade A top tier top shelf Phish that I will definitely be revisiting for future listens. In terms of non festival/non MSG shows, it was some of the best jamming I've heard in person to date. It's a shame how these highlights get overlooked in favor of nitpicking the song selection.

Sure, the back half of that second set was admittedly pretty rough, but the Tube > First Tube encore made up for it. Others here have said that people leaving early was proof that the show sucked but it was definitely to beat the terrible traffic getting out of the venue on a Sunday night, plus it was possible to still hear the show on the walk out. Some of the worst traffic I've ever experienced coming into a show, and I thought Mansfield was bad!

The song selection outside of the big jam songs take this out of 5 star territory, but on the strength of the good stuff alone I feel like a solid 4 is warranted. IMO I'd take a show with "questionable" song selection but top tier long/deep jamming over a show with "great" song selection but with little jamming any day.


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