, attached to 2009-11-28

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks There's plenty to say about the titanic twofer that opens Set Two, but it's worth posting separately just to point out that the Albany versions of Stealing Time, Foam, Split, Vultures, and Jibboo are all very very fine, and the show contains best-of-3.0 versions of Wolfman's Brother and (I'd say) YEM, along with a surprise Julius closer that's in strong contention for the title of Best Thing Since Music Was Invented. Some fools complain about the Melt, but don't listen - it's a strong heady brew. Even without the Seven Below > Ghost diptych (my pick, after a couple of listens, for Phish's best stuff since at least June 2004, maybe summer 2003) this would be a swell show, ably and energetically performed. The dark Set Two suite fired the band up, and Trey was in heaven during the show's crashing final act - he tears it up on YEM and couldn't stand still for more than a couple of seconds during Wolfman's Bro. Wonderful to see (and hear).


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