, attached to 2010-06-25

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This is one of those "amped-up" shows. You can pretty much tell from the setlist, though there are a few "breathers" in there. I'm impressed by the mild psychedelia of the Runaway Jim in the first set; this song's tempo always feels propulsive, and though the jam here is pretty much Type I, and doesn't veer into space like a Summer '95 Jim, it's just a really good version. Free Man in Paris is debuted, which I like... Summer 2010 was kind of a little sibling to the Summer 1998 "Summer of Covers." I think most phans prefer the variety and diction of '98's covers, though--especially considering one of them was Terrapin Station! Chalk Dust Torture covers a lot of ground as the big jam opening and IMO anchoring Set II, though the segue from Alaska -> 2001 is novel, as is that from Light -> Possum. I'd like to point out that Summer of '89 is actually a pretty long version, and that I wish Phish would bring back Time Turns Elastic. I understand that judging by .Net's reception of the song, it's not one of the best loved in the catalogue, but I have the perspective that it is one of the best songwriting-and-epic-composition accomplishments since the Reunion. I don't care if you can't figure out how to dance to it, LOL! ;)


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