, attached to 2003-02-14

Review by hmi1892

hmi1892 Fee has an absolutely GORGEOUS outro jam with especially melodic playing from Mike, soulful piano work from Page, and some beautiful melodies from Trey. Eventually Page heads to the clav and synth for some funkier and then spacier fills while Trey continues to build his solo while Fish pounds away on the drums and Mike continues his absolutely stellar melodies throughout this song. The segue into Taste is very smooth. Taste featured sound playing from all 4 members. I thought Fishman particularly shown during this song.

Some swear by this Gin, and it reaches a magnificent peak at the end, but I don't think it is fully deserving of all the credit and attention it gets. In my opinion the REAL highlight of the show is the incredible Walls > Carini, All of These Dreams run in the first half of the second set. (I include All of These Dreams because it's a beautiful ballad). I'm a sucker for Walls of the Cave - I love it. I love any Phish song that mixes complex composition with improvisational experimentation like this particular version does. I also love Page's powerful piano chords to open up the song. The composed section of this version is a little rough in places, but the jam more than makes up for it. The first half of the jam is full of organ swells and gritty uncompressed guitar, but this eventually fades into a sparser jam with more delicate soloing by Trey and absolutely beautiful playing by Mike. This segues into a sloppy but powerful Carini. I love Trey's maniacal solo in this song. Though it doesn't reach the improvisational heights the song has been taken to in recent 3.0 renditions, the brief jam is menacing. Next up is All of These Dreams - a beautiful ballad in my opinion - which includes a rather soulful solo from Trey.

This show marks the beginning of a prolific period of 2.0 highlights, and while I don't think it's as strong a show overall as some of the following shows of the Feb. 03 tour, it's highlights definitely place among the best of the tour.


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